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CAIR, CAIR-NY Express Solidarity with Jewish Community After Hanukkah Stabbings

(WASHINGTON, D.C., 12/29/19) — The Washington-based Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) and its New York chapter (CAIR-NY) today expressed solidarity with the Jewish community in that state and nationwide after five people were stabbed Saturday night at a rabbi's home during a Hanukkah celebration. Saturday’s attack was the latest in a series of violent incidents targeting the New York Jewish community.

SEE: 5 people stabbed during Hanukkah party at rabbi's home in New York, suspect arrested

“We condemn this latest act of violence targeting a religious minority and express the solidarity of American Muslims with the Jewish community in New York and nationwide,” said CAIR National Executive Director Nihad Awad. “The rise in violent anti-Semitic attacks should be of concern to us all. No member of any religious, ethnic or minority community should be made to feel unsafe in the streets or in their own homes, whether in New York or any other American city.”

In a statement, CAIR-NY Litigation Director Ahmed Mohamed said: 

“The recent wave of attacks targeting our Jewish neighbors is horrific and unacceptable. All New Yorkers must stand together against the growing anti-Semitism, racism, xenophobia, and bigotry we are witnessing in our state and around the country. It is only together that we can push back against hate and instead promote justice and mutual understanding.”

Mohamed encouraged Muslim New Yorkers to reach out to their Jewish neighbors to show solidarity.

To show solidarity, Muslim New Yorkers are asked to attend a solidarity event hosted by Jews for Racial and Economic Justice (JFREJ). The event is entitled “Light The Darkness: Solidarity on the 8th Night of Chanukah” and will be taking place later today from 5-6 p.m. at Grand Army Plaza, Flatbush Ave, Brooklyn, New York 11217. 

SEE: Light The Darkness: Solidarity on the 8th Night of Chanukah Details on Facebook

Earlier this month, CAIR-NY condemned the allegedly bias-motivated attack on an Orthodox Jewish man in Manhattan. 

SEE: CAIR-NY Condemns Bias-Motivated Attack on Jewish Man in Manhattan

Also this month, CAIR’s New Jersey chapter expressed solidarity with the Jewish community following the targeted attack on a Jewish Kosher deli in Jersey City.

SEE: CAIR-NJ Expresses Solidarity with the Jewish Community After ”˜Targeted’ Jersey City Shooting

CAIR’s Los Angeles chapter recently welcomed the arrest of a man suspected of breaking into and vandalizing Nessah Synagogue in Beverly Hills.

SEE: CAIR-LA Welcomes Arrest of Vandal Who Desecrated Beverly Hills Synagogue

CAIR and the American Muslim community have in the past expressed solidarity with Jewish, Christian, immigrant, Native American, African-American, Sikh, and other targeted minority communities nationwide following acts of hate, threats, violence, vandalism, arson or bombings.

CAIR-SFBA Expresses Solidarity with Sikh Community After Man Attacked, Calls for Probe of Bias Motive for Assault

The Washington-based civil rights organization has reported an unprecedented spike in bigotry targeting American Muslims, immigrants and members of other minority groups in recent years.

SEE: CAIR Calls for Hate Crime Charges After Iowa Girl Run Down in Racist Attack

CAIR Condemns Racist Incidents in North Carolina, Wyoming, Illinois

Individuals in New York are asked to report any bias incidents to police and to CAIR-NY at (646) 665-7599, or by filing a report at:

CAIR’s mission is to protect civil rights, enhance understanding of Islam, 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 National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-744-7726,; National Communications Coordinator Ayan Ajeen, 202-774-0770,; CAIR-NY Litigation Director Ahmed Mohamed,; 646-481-2103



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