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CAIR Chapters in New York, Florida, California Condemn Antisemitic Incidents  

(WASHINGTON D.C., 1/24/2022) – The New York, Florida, and San Francisco Bay Area chapters of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-New York, CAIR-Florida, and CAIR-SFBA) today condemned antisemitic incidents in those states.  

In New York City, a woman has been charged with a hate crime after allegedly threatening and spitting on a group of Jewish children outside a Brooklyn synagogue on Friday. The woman reportedly told the children that “Hitler should have killed you all.” She also reportedly threatened to kill the children and said she knew where they lived.  

Also in New York City, a man dressed in traditional Hasidic clothing was assaulted on Sunday in what police are investigating as a possible hate crime. The man was walking down a street in Crown Heights, Brooklyn when the perpetrator approached him and punched him in the nose. No arrests have been made, but an image of the alleged attacker has been released.  

SEE: Woman charged with hate crime for threatening and spitting on Jewish children in New York 

https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/crime/christina-darling-arrest-spit-jewish-hitler-b1999026.html

NYPD Hate Crimes Unit investigates Brooklyn attack on man in Hasidic clothes  

https://pix11.com/news/local-news/brooklyn/attacker-slugs-man-in-hassidic-clothing-in-brooklyn/

In a statement, CAIR-New York Executive Director Afaf Nasher said: 

“We condemn these appalling acts of antisemitic hate and stand in solidarity with the Jewish community. We welcome the response of law enforcement to these crimes, and urge authorities nationwide to crack down on bias-motivated crime.” 

Police in Miami Beach, Fl. and the nearby town of Surfside are investigating antisemitic flyers left outside hundreds of homes in the Miami Beach area. The flyers, similar to others distributed in recent months throughout the nation, promote conspiracy theories linking COVID-19 to Jews. 

SEE: Anti-Semitic Flyers Found in Surfside and Miami Beach – NBC 6 South Florida  

https://www.nbcmiami.com/news/local/anti-semitic-flyers-found-in-surfside-and-miami-beach/2668083/

“We condemn these hateful, antisemitic flyers, and stand in solidarity with the Jewish community and all those targeted by hate and bigotry,” said CAIR-Florida Communications Director Wilfredo Amr Ruiz

In San Francisco, Ca., similar flyers were distributed to homes in the city’s Pacific Heights neighborhood on Saturday night. San Francisco police are investigating the incident.  

SEE: Antisemitic Flyers Found in San Francisco’s Pacific Heights Neighborhood 

https://www.nbcbayarea.com/news/local/antisemitic-flyers-found-in-san-franciscos-pacific-heights-neighborhood/2786732/

“We condemn this reprehensible incident targeting Jewish individuals and urge communities nationwide to come together and repudiate hate and bigotry,” said CAIR-SFBA Communications Coordinator Umber Bhatti.  

The American Muslim community and CAIR stand in solidarity with all those challenging anti-Black racism, xenophobia, Islamophobia, antisemitism, white supremacy and all other forms of bigotry.  

SEE: CAIR’s Maryland Office Calls for Stepped-Up Assistance to Afghan Evacuees Temporarily Housed in Baltimore 

CAIR Welcomes Arrest of Connecticut Man Who Yelled Racist Remarks at Smoothie Shop Workers 

CAIR-Ohio Provides Community Update on Seeking Justice for Imam Mohamed Hassan Adam 

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CONTACT: CAIR-NY Executive Director Afaf Nasher, Esq., 917-669-4006, anasher@cair.com; CAIR-NY Legal Director Ahmed Mohamed, 646-481-2103, ahmedmohamed@cair.com; CAIR-Florida Communications Director Wilfredo Amr Ruiz, Esq., 305-502-6749, wruiz@cair.com; CAIR-SFBA Communications Coordinator Umber Bhatti, ubhatti@cair.com, 408-986-9874; CAIR National Deputy Director Edward Ahmed Mitchell, 404-285-9530, e-Mitchell@cair.com; CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-744-7726, ihooper@cair.com; CAIR National Communications Coordinator Ismail Allison, 202-770-6280, iallison@cair.com  

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