(WASHINGTON, D.C., 3/6/17) – The Cincinnati chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-Cincinnati) today called on state law enforcement authorities and the FBI to investigate an alleged bomb threat targeting a local mosque as a hate crime.
A bomb threat was reportedly left on the answering machine over the weekend at the Islamic Center of Greater Cincinnati in West Chester Township.
“Mosques around the country are being similarly targeted by threats and hate messages,” said CAIR-Cincinnati Executive Director Karen Dabdoub. “The FBI should add its resources to the investigation so that the perpetrator is brought to justice quickly and to send a message of support to the Muslim community at this time of rising Islamophobia nationwide.”
Yesterday, CAIR’s Kentucky chapter called on state and federal law enforcement authorities to investigate a mailed bomb threat to a mosque in that state as a hate crime.
On Sunday, CAIR’s Georgia chapter called on leaders of mosques in that state to improve their security measures after one mosque received a message threatening “death for you and your kind” from a self-declared “Muslim slayer,” and three other mosques received identical emails threatening widespread attacks against American Muslims on March 15.
Similar threats have been sent recently to mosques in New Jersey, Alabama, New York, Maryland, and Virginia.
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A soon-to-be-published CAIR report on Islamophobia in America is expected to show that 2016 was the worst year on record for incidents in which mosques were targets of bias.
CAIR is urging American Muslims and Islamic institutions to take extra security precautions and is offering Muslim community leaders free copies of its booklet, “Best Practices for Mosque and Community Safety.” The booklet may be requested through CAIR’s website:http://www.cair.com/mosque-safety-guide.html
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 misiÃ³n de CAIR es mejorar la comprensiÃ³n del Islam, fomentar el diÃ¡logo, proteger las libertades civiles, capacitar a los musulmanes estadounidenses, y construir coaliciones que promuevan la justicia y la comprensiÃ³n mutua.
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CONTACT: CAIR-Cincinnati Executive Director Karen Dabdoub, 513-281-8200, email@example.com