(WASHINGTON, D.C., 11/2/2018)””The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim rights and civil advocacy group, today called on state and federal law enforcement authorities to investigate the vandalism targeting an Idaho mosque as a hate crime.
Someone shattered a window of the Islamic Center of Twin Falls sometime late Halloween night. Another window was damaged. Twin Falls police say there is currently no evidence that the vandalism was a hate crime.
The mosque has been targeted by anti-Muslim bigotry since 2015. A year ago, a cross draped with pig parts was left in the Islamic center’s parking lot.
“Due to the spike in hate incidents targeting American Muslims and other minority groups, and the past targeting of this house of worship, we urge local, state and federal enforcement authorities to investigate the possibility of a bias motive in this case,” said CAIR Communications Manager Naaz Modan.
Yesterday, CAIR asked Muslim communities to implement increased security measures in the wake of recent hate incidents nationwide.
Last week, CAIR called for a hate crime probe of a bomb threat targeting a North Carolina mosque.
The Washington-based organization has reported an unprecedented spike in bigotry targeting American Muslims, immigrants and members of other minority groups since the election of Donald Trump as president. CAIR has repeatedly expressed concern about Islamophobic, white supremacist and racist Trump administration policies and appointments.
Preliminary data for 2018 indicate that there have been 927 hate incidents targeting American Muslims.
The Washington-based civil rights organization is also urging mosques and other houses of worship and faith-based and advocacy organizations to take extra security precautions as outlined in its “Best Practices for Mosque and Community Safety” booklet.
The advice in CAIR’s security publication is applicable to all institutions, regardless of organizational mission.
The booklet may be viewed at: https://tinyurl.com/BestSafetyPractices
Community members are being urged to report any bias incidents to police and to CAIR’s Civil Rights Department at 202-742-6420 or by going to: https://www.cair.com/report
CAIR is America’s largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization. Its mission is to enhance understanding of Islam, protect civil rights, promote justice, and empower American Muslims.
La misiÃ³n de CAIR es proteger las libertades civiles, mejorar la comprensiÃ³n del Islam, promover la justicia, y empoderar a los musulmanes en los Estados Unidos.