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CAIR Calls on President Biden to Confront Global Islamophobia After Deadly Anti-Muslim Terror Attack in Canada

Civil rights group reiterates Muslim community’s call for Biden to appoint Special Envoy to Monitor and Combat Islamophobia

(WASHINGTON, D.C., 6/8/21) – The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today called on President Biden to condemn and confront the growing phenomenon of global Islamophobia following a deadly anti-Muslim terror attack in Ontario, Canada that killed four members of a Muslim family. 

In a statement, CAIR called on President Biden to appoint a Special Envoy to Monitor and Combat Islamophobia, which has spread from America and endangered Muslims in Austria, China, Burma, France, India, Israel, Kashmir, and numerous other countries. 

Canadian police say 20-year-old Nathaniel Veltman jumped the curb in his vehicle and struck five members of the family, killing four of them and seriously injuring the other in a deliberate attack that targeted the victims because they were Muslims. 

SEE: Driver plows into Muslim family, killing 4; victims were targeted, Canadian police say

In an op-ed published today, CAIR Research & Advocacy Coordinator Huzaifa Shahbaz wrote in part: 

“Yesterday’s anti-Muslim hate crime in Ontario, two hours away from Detroit, should serve as a dreadful reminder to the United States about the lethal danger of anti-Muslim bigotry. Islamophobia not only manifests itself in hate crimes across the border or overseas. It permeates American institutions through harmful and hateful policies supported by wealthy anti-Muslim propaganda machines. It must be stopped.” 

CAIR recommended that Biden: 

  • Say Something. Take a Clear and Vocal Stance Against Islamophobia. 
  • Create a Special Envoy to Study and Combat Global Islamophobia 
  • Stop Supporting and Defending Anti-Muslim Policies 
  • Hold Tech Companies Accountable for Allowing the Proliferation of Anti-Muslim Hate Groups 

SEE: After Ontario Massacre, President Biden Must Confront Global Islamophobia

In May, CAIR joined the US Council of Muslim Organizations (USCMO) in urging the Biden administration to create an office to monitor and combat anti-Muslim attacks. 

SEE: Biden urged to appoint envoy to counter Islamophobia ‘epidemic’

Washington, D.C., based CAIR is also calling on Congress to pass legislation creating a permanent office to monitor and address Islamophobia in the United States and worldwide. 

TAKE ACTION: Urge Biden, Congress to Appoint Islamophobia Envoy After Deadly Anti-Muslim Terror Attack in Canada

CAIR’s mission is to enhance understanding of Islam, protect civil rights, 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.        

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CONTACT: CAIR Government Affairs Director Robert McCaw, 202-742-6448,; CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-744-7726,   

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