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CAIR Asks FBI to Probe Threat to Nebraska Mosque

CAIR logoThe Islamic Center in Omaha has been targeted by vandals four times in recent months  

(WASHINGTON, D.C., 3/25/16) – The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today called on the FBI and state law enforcement authorities to investigate an apparent threat emailed to the Islamic Center of Omaha in Omaha, Neb.

CAIR said the email, which came after the recent deadly attacks in Belgium, stated (grammatical errors maintained): “your so called peaceful religion just killed more innocent people. we think its is now time to fight back starting with you. believe it. see you in hell.â€

“We call on local, state and federal law enforcement agencies to take this threat seriously, to investigate it as a hate crime and to bring the perpetrator to justice,†said CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper.

CAIR noted that the same mosque has been targeted by hate vandalism four times in recent months.

In January, CAIR called for a hate crime investigation of the desecration and attempted vandalism of the mosque.

SEE: CAIR Seeks FBI Hate Crime Probe of Desecration, Attempted Vandalism at Nebraska Mosque  

In November of last year, someone spray-painted graffiti of an Eiffel Tower peace symbol, which was used online as a sign of solidarity with those impacted by the Paris terror attacks, on an outside wall of the mosque. Earlier that month, CAIR reported that a vandal was caught on surveillance camera attempting to break a glass door at mosque.

In August of 2015, CAIR called on law enforcement authorities to investigate the first act of vandalism as a possible hate crime.

Because of a recent spike in anti-mosque and anti-Muslim incidents nationwide, CAIR is offering Muslim community leaders free copies of its booklet, “Best Practices for Mosque and Community Safety.” The booklet may be requested through CAIR's website: http://www.cair.com/mosque-safety-guide.html      

The Washington-based Muslim civil rights group is also asking Muslim community members to report any bias incidents to police and to CAIR's Civil Rights Department at 202-742-6420 or by filing a report at: http://www.cair.com/civil-rights/report-an-incident/view/form.html      

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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CONTACT: CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-744-7726, ihooper@cair.com; CAIR Communications Coordinator Nabeelah Naeem, 202-341-4171, nnaeem@cair.com

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