CAIR Condemns Racist, Neo-Nazi, Pro-Trump Vandalism of Va. Little League Complex

CAIR Condemns Racist Neo Nazi Pro Trump Vandalism of Va Little League Complex(WASHINGTON, D.C., 12/29/16) – The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today condemned racist, neo-Nazi and pro- Trump vandalism at the Tuckahoe Little League complex in Henrico, Va.

According to media reports, hate graffiti scrawled on the building included “White Power,” a Nazi swastika, racist messages about immigrants, and the word “Trump.”

“We condemn this hate vandalism as a symptom of the growing bigotry targeting minorities nationwide in that past year, and particularly following the November presidential election,” said CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper. “Our nation’s leaders must come together to repudiate hate and to reaffirm American values of racial, ethnic and religious inclusion.”

Earlier this week, CAIR’s national office expressed solidarity with the Jewish community in Montana after neo-Nazis announced plans to stage an armed, anti-Semitic march in that state and CAIR’s Arizona chapter expressed solidarity with the Jewish community after an apparent hate crime targeting a synagogue.

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CAIR Calls for Probe of Bias Motive for Vandalism of Maine Halal Grocery

CAIR National logo(WASHINGTON, D.C., 12/27/16) – The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today called on state and federal law enforcement authorities to investigate a possible bias motive for vandalism targeting a halal market in Portland, Maine.

[NOTE: Halal means, in general, “lawful” or “permissible.” When used in reference to dietary requirements, it means those foods prepared under Islamic guidelines.]

Police say a white male wearing a hooded sweatshirt smashed six large windows at the Ahram Halal Market on Saturday. There was no evidence of a break-in. The vandalism is currently being investigated as aggravated criminal mischief.

SEE: Halal Grocery Windows Smashed on Christmas Eve in Portlandd

“Given the recent spike in anti-Muslim incidents nationwide, it would only be prudent to investigate a possible bias motive for this vandalism,” said CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper.

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CAIR Expresses Solidarity with Montana Jewish Community as Neo-Nazi Plans Armed Anti-Semitic March

CAIR National logo(WASHINGTON, D.C., 12/27/16) – The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today expressed solidarity with the Jewish community in Montana after neo-Nazis announced plans to stage an armed, anti-Semitic march in that state.

A leader of the neo-Nazi movement announced plans for the hate march in Whitefish, Montana, home of another influential white supremacist Richard Spencer. Neo-Nazis and other white supremacists say they will march “against Jews, Jewish businesses and everyone who supports either.” A graphic announcing the march included an image to of the Auschwitz death camp and a Jewish Star of David with the word “Jude” in it. The march is scheduled for an unspecified date in January.

SEE: Neo-Nazis Target Jews in Armed March in Alt-Right Leader Richard Spencer's Hometown

“American Muslims stand in solidarity with the Jewish community in Montana and nationwide against the hatred and threats spewed by neo-Nazis and other white supremacists,” said CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper. “All Americans should speak out strongly whenever fellow citizens are targeted by anti-Semitism or any other form of bigotry.”

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CAIR-AZ Expresses Solidarity with Jewish Community After Apparent Hate Vandalism of Sun City Temple

chapter logos arizona(PHOENIX, AZ, 12/27/16) – The Arizona chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-AZ), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today expressed solidarity with the Jewish community in that state after an apparent hate crime targeting a synagogue in Sun City.

A menorah structure that stands outside the temple was extensively damaged by what appeared to be a truck backing into the house of worship.  It also appears that a person or people tried to pull down the temple’s menorah. 

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