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CAIR-AZ Expresses Solidarity with Jewish Community After Apparent Hate Vandalism of Sun City Temple

chapter logos arizona(PHOENIX, AZ, 12/27/16) – The Arizona chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-AZ), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today expressed solidarity with the Jewish community in that state after an apparent hate crime targeting a synagogue in Sun City.

A menorah structure that stands outside the temple was extensively damaged by what appeared to be a truck backing into the house of worship.  It also appears that a person or people tried to pull down the temple’s menorah. 

SEE: Holiday Hate Crime Targets Jewish Temple in Sun City

“We stand with our Jewish brothers and sisters, and hope to see those responsible for this crime brought to justice,” said Imraan Siddiqi, CAIR-AZ's Executive Director.  “This apparent hate crime is particularly disturbing because it took place as the Jewish community celebrates Hanukkah.”

Recently, CAIR-AZ joined other faith leaders throughout the Valley came together to form the “Uniting Faiths in America” initiative. Standing firmly against hate that affects all our communities, 145 faith leaders have signed on to this initiative.

SEE: Uniting Faiths of America Campaign

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.

La misión de CAIR es mejorar la comprensión del Islam, fomentar el diálogo, proteger las libertades civiles, capacitar a los musulmanes estadounidenses, y construir coaliciones que promuevan la justicia y la comprensión mutua.

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CONTACT: CAIR-AZ Executive Director Imraan Siddiqi, 480-415-4652, isiddiqi@cair.com; CAIR-AZ Operations Coordinator Kristy Sabbah, 602-716-1213, ksabbah@cair.com

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