(WASHINGTON, D.C., 1/6/16) â€“ The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nationâ€™s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today called on federal authorities to investigate the motives for fires set at Muslim and Middle Eastern businesses in Colorado and Idaho.
Fire damaged the Zamzam Halal International Market and Deli in Denver, Colo., last Friday afternoon. The owner of the business believes there was a bias motive for the fire, while local law enforcement authorities say there is no evidence of a hate crime.
In Idaho, investigators now say arson was the cause of a September 5 fire that destroyed a multicultural market in Boise that was an incubator for vendors from Middle Eastern and
â€œGiven the current Islamophobic atmosphere in our nation, it is only prudent for federal law enforcement authorities to investigate these fires to rule out possible bias motives,â€ said CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper.
CAIR is 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.htmlÂ Â Â
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, firstname.lastname@example.org