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CAIR Condemns Nazi Salute and ‘Heil Hitler, Heil Trump’ Shouts During Baltimore ‘Fiddler on the Roof’ Performance

Muslim civil rights group also publishes joint op-ed with community partners emphasizing unity against hate 

(BALTIMORE, MD, 11/15/18) – The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today condemned an anti-Semitic neo-Nazi, pro-Trump outburst during a performance of “Fiddler on the Roof” in Baltimore.

SEE: Man shouts ‘Heil Hitler, Heil Trump,’ does Nazi salute during Baltimore performance of ‘Fiddler on the Roof’

Earlier today, a man began shouting “Heil Hitler, heil Trump” and raised his hands in a Nazi salute during the intermission of a “Fiddler on the Roof” performance. The man’s pro-Nazi outburst took place immediately following a scene in the play that depicted a pogrom (an attack on Jewish people) and caused audience members to exit the hall in fear of a shooting. The man was escorted out of the theater.

“We condemn this act of anti-Semitic bigotry and stand in solidarity with the Jewish community in Baltimore and statewide,” said CAIR Maryland Director of Outreach Zainab Chaudry. “We will continue to build coalitions and vocally resist the incitement of fear and division in our society.” 

She noted that yesterday, a Nazi swastika and anti-African American graffiti were found in a bathroom at Goucher College  

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

SEE: CAIR 2018 Civil Rights Report: Targeted 

The Washington-based civil rights organization has repeatedly expressed concern about white supremacist and racist Trump administration policies and appointments.

An FBI report released Tuesday reveals that the number of hate crimes in America increased by 17 percent in 2017, making this the third year in a row that hate crimes are on the rise across the nation.

SEE: FBI report shows 17 percent spike in hate crimes nationwide in 2017 (CAIR)

Earlier today, CAIR joined Baltimore City Councilmen Zeke Cohen and Kris Burnett, Jews United for Justice and CASA to publish a joint op-Ed in the Baltimore Sun denouncing racism and intolerance and emphasizing the need for our communities to stand united against white supremacy and hatred. 

SEE: Baltimore leaders band together as anti-Semitism surges 

CAIR recently expressed solidarity with the Jewish community in Pittsburgh and nationwide following a deadly attack on a synagogue in that city. 

SEE: CAIR Expresses Solidarity with Jewish Community After Deadly Pittsburgh Synagogue Attack

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.



CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-744-7726,; CAIR Maryland Director of Outreach, 410-971-6062,


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