A prominent national Islamic civil rights and
advocacy group today called on Arizona law enforcement authorities and the
FBI to investigate an attack by vandals on a Muslim-owned car as a possible
The Washington-based Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) said a
Muslim in Tucson, Ariz., reported that his family's car was vandalized in
the parking lot of his apartment building sometime late Monday or early
Tuesday of last week. According to the victim, a U.S. resident of Jordanian
origin, the car's tires were slashed, the windshield was smashed and a
racist note was taped to the vehicle. The note, which was taken by the
investigating police officer, said: "You are not welcome here. Go back home
you stupid f*ckers."
CAIR also expressed concern about a series of similar incidents of
vandalism reported recently by Muslims nationwide. A New York Muslim
reported finding his car window smashed with a brick. In Virginia, a Muslim
reported two separate incidents of vandalism to a car. And in New Jersey, a
Muslim found his car's windshield smashed in his driveway.
"While some of these incidents do not have overt signs of bias, taken
together they form a disturbing pattern that should be noted by law
enforcement authorities and elected officials," said CAIR Executive
Director Nihad Awad. He added that the current Republican National
Convention offers an excellent opportunity for GOP leaders to speak out
against anti-Muslim prejudice and stereotyping.
Awad said other incidents targeting Muslim individuals and Islamic
institutions have taken place recently across America.
Just last week in New Jersey, a Muslim driver reported being attacked by a
white male in another car who punched him in the face while he was sitting
in his car at a traffic light. During the incident, the attacker reportedly
called the victim a "terrorist" and a "sand n*gger." He also allegedly told
the victim to "go back to whatever f*cking Arab country you came from."
Also this month, CAIR called on the FBI to investigate an intentionally-set
fire at a Muslim store in McAllen, Texas, as a possible hate crime and
sought felony charges in a bias attack on a New York Muslim taxi driver.
Late last month, two Muslim teenagers in Buffalo, N.Y., say they were
targeted by white teenagers who shouted ethnic slurs and then tried to hit
the girls with their car. A Muslim woman driver in Illinois and a Muslim
shopper in California were assaulted at the end of June by attackers
shouting anti-Muslim and racist slurs.
Earlier this year in Florida, vandals wrote "Kill all Muslims" inside the
Islamic Community Center in the Tampa suburb of Lutz. The FBI is also
investigating vandalism and threatening messages targeting the Islamic
Community of Southwest Florida in Charlotte Harbor. In Missouri, vandals
painted a Nazi swastika and the word "die" on an addition under
construction at the Islamic Foundation of Greater St. Louis. Three Miami
Islamic centers were vandalized.
In Texas, a man was arrested for threatening an El Paso Islamic center, an
arson suspect was arrested at the scene of a fire at a Muslim business in
San Antonio and vandals scrawled racist graffiti on the interior of a
Lubbock mosque. A home-made bomb exploded in the mailbox of a Houston,
Texas, Islamic center.
As a response to these and other anti-Muslim incidents, CAIR published a
"Muslim Community Safety Kit." The safety kit may be obtained free of
number when requesting the safety kit.)
CAIR, America's largest Islamic civil liberties group, has 28 regional
offices and chapters nationwide and in Canada.
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Deedra Abboud (CAIR-AZ), 602-262-2247;
The Houston office of the Council on
American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-Houston) hosted a dinner Monday night for
the Honorable David Wallace, mayor of the City of Sugar Land, and Sugar
Land Police Department Chief Lisa Womack. The event focused on
strengthening the relationship between local law enforcement authorities
and elected officials and the Houston-area Muslim community.
"I believe that diversity is a source of strength, and I see that strength
in the various communities' activism and respect for one another," said
Wallace, whose Houston suburb has a population that is 29 percent Asian.
Chief Womack said she encourages diversity, not only in training but also
in the Sugar Land Police force. "We are actively recruiting potential
officers, and we hope to have a police force that reflects the richness and
diversity of the City of Sugar Land."
Monday's dinner was the latest in a series of meetings with law enforcement
agencies and city officials to discuss the launch of CAIR-Houston's Quick
Response Network (QRN) initiative. That initiative, developed in
cooperation with the Community Relations Service of the Department of
Justice in Houston, is designed to facilitate a rapid response to threats,
hate crimes and discrimination.
"We thank Mayor Wallace and Chief Womack for reaching out to the Muslim
community and hope that such efforts lead to a productive partnership with
elected officials and local law enforcement agencies," said of CAIR-Houston
President Tarek Hussein.
CAIR, America's largest Islamic civil liberties group, is headquartered in
Washington, D.C., and has 28 offices and chapters nationwide and in Canada.
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CAIR has launched an online petition drive designed to disassociate the
faith of Islam from the violent acts of a few Muslims. The petition on
CAIR's web site, called "Not in the Name of Islam," allows Muslims around
the world to help correct misperceptions of Islam and the Islamic stance on
CAIR's "Not in the Name of Islam" petition states: "We, the undersigned
Muslims, wish to state clearly that those who commit acts of terror, murder
and cruelty in the name of Islam are not only destroying innocent lives,
but are also betraying the values of the faith they claim to represent. No
injustice done to Muslims can ever justify the massacre of innocent people,
and no act of terror will ever serve the cause of Islam. We repudiate and
dissociate ourselves from any Muslim group or individual who commits such
brutal and un-Islamic acts. We refuse to allow our faith to be held hostage
by the criminal actions of a tiny minority acting outside the teachings of
both the Quran and the Prophet Muhammad, peace be upon him."
TO VIEW THE PETITION, GO TO:
The New York office of the Council on American-Islamic
Relations (CAIR-NY) today announced that it would co-sponsor tomorrow
night's Campus Anti-War & Voter Registration Event at Columbia University.
DATE: Tuesday, August 31, 2004
TIME: 6 - 10 PM
PLACE: Miller Theatre, 2960 Broadway (116th and Broadway Avenue), New York,
CAIR-NY will show its support by setting up voter registration booths and
by sending Ghazi Khankan and Wissam Nasr, its previous and present
executive directors, respectively, to answer questions about Muslim
political involvement and voter registration. Other speakers include, Ralph
Nader, presidential candidate; John Conyers, Jr, Representative of the 14th
Congressional District of Michigan; and Agha Saeed, Head of the American
Muslim Task Force. The theme will be opposition to the foreign policies
that led to the war in Iraq as well as becoming politically active through
Other sponsors include the American Muslim Alliance and the American Muslim