(SANTA CLARA, CA, 1/19/2017) - The San Francisco Bay Area office of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-SFBA) today condemned bomb threats against over two dozen Jewish community centers and schools nationwide, including the Bay Area. The Osher Marin Jewish Community Center and Ronald C. Wornick Jewish Day School in Foster City also received threats via telephone causing the centers and associated schools to be evacuated. Police officers, bomb squad technicians, and K-9 units searched and cleared the buildings.
"American Muslims stand in solidarity with the Jewish community in the Bay Area and throughout the country," said CAIR-SFBA Executive Director Zahra Billoo. "We all have the right to worship freely without fear of intimidation and we will defend that right for our Jewish neighbors."
(COLUMBUS, OHIO, 1/19/17) - The Columbus, Ohio, chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-Columbus) today announced today the filing of a federal lawsuit against the US Consulate in Jerusalem for unreasonably delaying an immigrant visa for a Palestinian-Muslim applicant for almost nine years.
The plaintiff, Ahmad Abughalia, applied for an immigrant visa in 2007 based on his marriage to a United States citizen. He was interviewed by consular officers in Jerusalem in 2008 and again in early 2014, but to date the consulate has refused to adjudicate his application stating that it is still in “administrative processing.”
“There is simply no justifiable reason for the consulate to delay the application and keep this family apart for nearly nine years,” said CAIR-Columbus Jennifer Nimer who is one of Mr. Abughalia’s attorneys. “We believe that consulates have the habit of using the excuse of ‘administrative processing’ whenever they don’t have grounds to deny an application but for some reason they want to delay it indefinitely. Like many other discriminatory immigration practices, most of the people affected by extreme administrative processing delays are Muslims.”
(WASHINGTON, D.C., 01/19/17) - On Saturday, January 21, representatives of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest American Muslim civil rights organization, will join thousands of others for the Women’s March on Washington, both in the nation’s capital and at parallel events across the country. CAIR-San Francisco Bay Area Director Zahra Billoo will be among the main speakers at the rally in Washington.
CAIR is a national partner of the march and will be providing signs for marchers, available for pick up at the CAIR Capitol Hill office (453 New Jersey Avenue, SE) beginning at 9 a.m. on Saturday morning.
(BOSTON, MA, 1/19/17) – The Massachusetts chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-NY) today condemned bomb threat against the Jewish Community Center of Worcester, Mass. The bomb threat, which was made by telephone to the Center’s preschool, forced Jewish Community Center officials to evacuate the center on Wednesday morning. Police officers from multiple departments, including K-9 units, searched and cleared the building.
“American Muslims stand in solidarity with the Jewish community in Worcester and across Massachusetts,” said CAIR-MA Executive Director Dr. John Robbins. “Targeting any group because of their faith is never acceptable. CAIR-MA stands in solidarity with our Jewish neighbors and defends their right to worship freely.”