(WASHINGTON, D.C., 7/20/16) – 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 an alleged attack on a Nebraska man by an assailant who reportedly shouted “ISIS” and obscenities at the victim.
The Indian immigrant, who is not Muslim, said he suffered a fractured nose, split lip and a bruised calf after being punched repeatedly. Prior to the assault, the alleged attacker accused the victim of being a “terrorist.” The attacker reportedly shouted: “ISIS (expletive). Get out of my country.”
“We urge law enforcement authorities to investigate this attack as a hate crime and for public officials to repudiate the growing Islamophobia in our society that inevitably leads to violence and discrimination targeting American Muslims and those perceived to be Muslim,” said CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper.
He noted that the Islamic Center of Omaha has been targeted by vandals a number of times in recent months.
(WASHINGTON, D.C., 7/20/16) – The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today called on the Department of Transportation (DOT) to investigate a possible bias motive for the removal of a Muslim passenger from an American Airlines flight in December of 2015.
[NOTE: CAIR filed its DOT complaint after having previously attempted to resolve the matter directly with the airline.]
In a letter to the DOT’s Aviation Consumer Protection Division, CAIR alleges that the Muslim passenger was singled out for monitoring and subsequent removal from an American Airlines flight in Charlotte, N.C., after a flight attendant publically announced his name and seat number, and stated several times that she “will be watching” him during the flight.
The flight attendant reportedly said: “Mohamed Ahmed, Seat 25-A: I will be watching you.” She did not did not make a similar announcement about any other passenger. When the Muslim passenger, Mohamed Ahmed Radwan, asked the flight attendant about her statements, she allegedly accused him of being “too sensitive.” After reporting the incident to two other American Airlines employees, Radwan was informed that he must be removed from the flight because the flight attendant who made the announcement was “uncomfortable.”
In CAIR’s letter to the DOT, Staff Attorney Maha Sayed wrote:
(Lake Worth, FL, 7/20/2016) - The Council on American-Islamic Relations - Florida (CAIR Florida), the state's largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization, today announced that on July 19, 2016, the City Commission of Lake Worth adopted a resolution unanimously supporting the Muslim community in and around Lake Worth after Commissioner Christopher McVoy presented it before the Commission. Lake Worth is the second city after Seattle to adopt such a resolution.
Representatives of CAIR-Florida, Emerge Florida, Muslim Community of Palm Beach County, Islamic Center of Boca Raton, and American Muslim Democratic Caucus addressed the commission. The representatives thanked the commissioners for bringing up this issue that is creating a divide amongst our society.
"Lake Worth's City Commissioners resolution showing public support to the Muslim community comes at a time when solidarity among all Americans is needed to dispel division and bigotry. Equally important was their condemnation of the increase of the Islamophobic rhetoric and of the hateful incidents of violence targeting Muslim families across the nation. The Commissioners stood tall for their Muslim constituents and against bigotry, in clear defense of the U.S. Constitution they all swore to protect," said CAIR-Florida's Communications Director, Wilfredo A. Ruiz.
(WASHINGTON, D.C., 7/18/16) – The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today called on the Republic Party to disinvite notorious Dutch Islamophobe Geert Wilders from its national convention in Cleveland.
Wilders noted last night on Twitter that he had arrived to attend the convention at the invitation of the Tennessee Republican Party.
Wilders claims that “Islam is not a religion” and “the right to religious freedom should not apply to Islam.” He has clearly stated: “I hate Islam.” Wilders is also notorious for campaigning to ban Muslim immigration, the Quran, Muslim headscarves, and Islamic schools in the Netherlands.
In his home country, Wilders was put on trial for allegedly inciting hatred against the Dutch Moroccan minority. That trial has been postponed until September.