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CAIR-Columbus Calls for FBI Probe of Mailed Threat Praising New Zealand Mosque Terror Attacks

(COLUMBUS, OH, 4/10/19) — The Columbus chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-Columbus) today call on the FBI and Ohio law enforcement authorities to investigate a mailed threat received by the civil rights organization that praised the recent terror attacks on mosques in New Zealand and called for more violence targeting Muslims.

In the letter sent to CAIR’s Columbus office, the writer said the mosque massacres in New Zealand “filled me with great and tremendous joy,” claimed Islam needs to be “eradicated” and “I look forward to more killings of your religion, we need more violence taken to you.” The letter, postmarked in Ohio, ended with “Death to Islam everywhere.” It had no return address.


“This call to violence targeting an American religious minority must be investigated by state and federal law enforcement authorities as a call to domestic terrorism,” said CAIR-Columbus Government Affairs and Development Coordinator Usjid Hameed. “All Americans should stand united against the growing hate targeting minority communities nationwide.”

He said CAIR has witnessed an unprecedented spike in bigotry targeting American Muslims, immigrants and members of other minority groups since the election of Donald Trump as president.

Recent hate incidents include bomb and death threats targeting Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN), a threat targeting a Maryland mosque, an arson attack on a California mosque, recent arrests in an alleged bomb plot targeting Muslims in New York, guilty pleas in the bombing of a Minnesota mosque, and sentencing of men in a plot to bomb Muslims in Kansas.

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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 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.


CONTACT: CAIR-Columbus Government Affairs and Development Coordinator Usjid Hameed, 614-401-2920,; CAIR Government Affairs Director Robert McCaw, 202-742-6448,; CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-744-7726,


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