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CAIR Calls for Probe of Bias Motive for Vandalism of Maine Halal Grocery

CAIR National logo(WASHINGTON, D.C., 12/27/16) – The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today called on state and federal law enforcement authorities to investigate a possible bias motive for vandalism targeting a halal market in Portland, Maine.

[NOTE: Halal means, in general, “lawful†or “permissible.†When used in reference to dietary requirements, it means those foods prepared under Islamic guidelines.]

Police say a white male wearing a hooded sweatshirt smashed six large windows at the Ahram Halal Market on Saturday. There was no evidence of a break-in. The vandalism is currently being investigated as aggravated criminal mischief.

SEE: Halal Grocery Windows Smashed on Christmas Eve in Portlandd

“Given the recent spike in anti-Muslim incidents nationwide, it would only be prudent to investigate a possible bias motive for this vandalism,†said CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper.

He said CAIR has noted an unprecedented spike in hate incidents targeting Muslims and other minority groups since the November 8 election.

The Washington-based civil rights and advocacy organization urges 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.

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 National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-744-7726, ihooper@cair.com 

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