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CAIR Condemns Neo-Nazi, Anti-Semitic Desecration of Headstones in Maryland Jewish Cemetery

(BALTIMORE, MD, 7/8/2021) — The Maryland office of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) today condemned vandalism at German Hill Road Jewish Cemetery in Baltimore City over the weekend in which a dozen headstones were defaced with anti-Semitic graffiti, including Nazi swastikas. 

The graffiti has been removed since the incident was reported, and the cemetery gates have been locked to prevent a repeat incident. Anyone with information about the perpetrators of this crime is urged to notify the Baltimore City Police Department at 410-396-2411. 

SEE: Police investigate vandalism of gravestones at German Hill Road Jewish Cemetery

https://www.wbaltv.com/article/german-hill-road-jewish-cemetery-vandalism-dundalk/36959899#

Swastikas found spray-painted on more than a dozen headstones at Jewish cemetery in Baltimore

https://www.wmar2news.com/news/local-news/swastikas-found-spray-painted-on-more-than-a-dozen-headstones-at-jewish-cemetery-in-baltimore

‘Repulsive Act’: Gravestones at Baltimore Jewish Cemetery Defaced With Swastika Graffiti

Jewish cemetery vandalized in Dundalk area

https://foxbaltimore.com/news/local/jewish-cemetery-vandalized-in-dundalk-area

“Maryland Muslims stand in strong solidarity with the Jewish community against this cowardly, despicable act of hate,” said CAIR’s Maryland Director Zainab Chaudry. “We extend our condolences to the families whose loved ones’ graves were targeted in the hate crime, and to the Jewish community at large. It is imperative that we unite against all forms of hate in our state.”

She noted the example of the Prophet Muhammad, peace be upon him, who stood up to pay respect for a Jewish funeral procession. When questioned on why he as a Muslim stood for a Jewish funeral, he responded, “Is it not a human soul?” (Bukhari). 

Last month, CAIR condemned neo-Nazi hate symbols discovered in a Baltimore City neighborhood and praised the quick response of local residents who painted over it. 

SEE: CAIR Condemns Neo-Nazi Hate Symbols Discovered in Baltimore Neighborhood, Applauds Residents’ Swift Response

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

SEE: CAIR Welcomes Decision of Virginia County to Rename Roads Named for Confederates, Segregationists

CAIR’s mission is to protect civil rights, enhance understanding of Islam, 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 Office in Maryland Director Zainab Chaudry, zchaudry@cair.com, 410-971-6062

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