(Chicago, IL 02/04/17) - The Council on American-Islamic-Relations Chicago (CAIR-Chicago) today condemned the vandalism of the Chicago Loop Synagogue that took place earlier today as "a shameful act of cowardice and hate." An unknown assailant described as a White male in dark clothing broke a window with a metal object and plastered swastika stickers.
CAIR-Chicago Executive Director, Ahmed Rehab, reached out to Chicago Jewish leaders to offer the Chicago Muslim community's support and solidarity.
"Chicago's Muslim community stands in full solidarity with our Jewish brothers and sisters as they deal with the trauma of this vile act of hate," Rehab said. "No American should have to feel vulnerable and at risk simply due to their religious affiliation."
"Unfortunately, we know the feeling all too well as mosque vandalism and burning has spiked recently in the US. We recognize the source of hate as one, and regardless of religious affiliation, we stand together in solidarity against it as one. An attack on any is an attack on us all. Today, the congregation of this temple are in our thoughts and prayers."
Rehab who commended Chicago's Jewish community for their solidarity with Muslims against anti-Muslim hate crimes, left a message for the leadership of the Chicago Loop Synagogue expressing resolute Muslim solidarity againstantisemitism.
CAIR is America's largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization. Its mission is to enhance the understanding of Islam, encourage dialogue, protect civil liberties, empower American Muslims, and build coalitions that promote justice and mutual understanding.
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