(HARTFORD, CT, 8/26/19) – The Connecticut chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-CT), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today condemned and-Semitic vandalism targeting a Newton synagogue and expressed solidarity with the local Jewish community.
On Saturday, vandals spray painted and vandalized the Adath Israel Synagogue of Newton which has served that community for more than 100 years.
SEE: Anti-Semitic graffiti found on Newtown synagogue
“Whether it is a mosque fire in New Haven, graffiti on a local Muslim business in Bloomfield or vandalism of a Newton Synagogue, all forms of hate cannot be tolerated. It is incumbent on local authorities to investigate the hate crime at Beit Adath and all similar attacks against minority communities throughout the state,” said CAIR-CT Executive Director Tark Richard Aouadi.
“While Connecticut is a welcoming state, hate -based national organizations and individuals operate in our boarders to stoke the fire of hate, bigotry and misinformation. At times those organizations target Muslims and at times they focus on other minorities to ensure divisiveness instead of unity. Rhetoric that serves to demonize any particular minority group or protected class of people must not be tolerated.”
CAIR has reported an unprecedented spike in bigotry targeting American Muslims, immigrants and members of other minority groups since the election of Donald Trump as president.
SEE: CAIR Urges Probe of Bias Motive for Vandalism of Memorial to 1919 Massacre of African-Americans in Arkansas
The Washington-based civil rights organization and the American Muslim community have in the past expressed solidarity with Jewish, Christian, Native American, African-American, and Sikh communities in New Mexico, Florida, South Carolina, Maryland, Alabama, Massachusetts, South Dakota, Ohio, Texas, and other states following acts of hate, threats, violence, vandalism, arson, or bombings.
CAIR is America's largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization. Its mission is to enhance understanding of Islam, protect civil rights, promote justice, and empower American Muslims.
La misión de CAIR es proteger las libertades civiles, mejorar la comprensión del Islam, promover la justicia, y empoderar a los musulmanes en los Estados Unidos.
CONTACT: CAIR-Connecticut Executive Director, Tark Richard Aouadi, Esq, 860.341.2247, email@example.com; CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-744-7726, firstname.lastname@example.org