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CAIR Condemns Racist Incidents in Idaho, Virginia as Part of ‘Rising Tide of Bigotry’

CAIR National logo(WASHINGTON, D.C., 5/14/2017) — The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today condemned recent racists incidents in Idaho and Virginia as part of the “rising tide of bigotry in our nation.”

In Virginia, a group of white supremacists carried torches in Charlottesville to protest the planned removal of Confederate statues in that city.

SEE: Mayor of Charlottesville Calls Pro-Confederate Rallies ‘Horrific’

In Idaho, racist and anti-Semitic slurs were found on tablets at Boise’s Anne Frank Human Rights Memorial.

SEE: Donations Pour in to Repair Boise’s Anne Frank Memorial After Vandalism

In a statement, CAIR said:

“These incidents are further evidence of the rising tide of bigotry in our nation that inevitably results in hate rhetoric and hate crimes targeting minority communities. American Muslims, who are themselves experiencing an unprecedented spike in Islamophobic attacks nationwide, condemn these most recent hate incidents and express solidarity with all those targeted by hate.”

Yesterday, CAIR’s Minnesota chapter welcomed a conviction for the bias-motivated attempted murder of Somali-American Muslim men last year.

SEE: CAIR-MN Welcomes Conviction in Islamophobic Shooting of Somali-American Muslims

Also last week, CAIR released a report showing a 57 percent increase in anti-Muslim incidents in 2016 over the previous year. This spike in anti-Muslim incidents was accompanied by a 44 percent increase in anti-Muslim hate crimes during the same period.

SEE: New CAIR Report Shows More than 50 Percent Spike in Anti-Muslim Incidents

Also last week, CAIR welcomed the arrest of a suspect who allegedly threatened to kill worshipers at an Oregon mosque.

SEE: CAIR Welcomes Arrest in Threat to Kill Worshipers at Oregon Mosque

And CAIR’s New York chapter called on the Erie County Sheriff’s Office Fire Investigation Unit to step-up its investigation of a “suspicious” fire that damaged a building owned by the Lackawanna Islamic Mosque of Lackawanna, N.Y., injuring seven.

SEE: CAIR-NY Urges Stepped-Up Probe of ‘Suspicious’ Fire at Mosque-Owned Building Housing New Immigrants

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:

CAIR’S 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 misión de CAIR es mejorar la comprensión del Islam, fomentar el diálogo, proteger las libertades civiles, capacitar a los musulmanes estadounidenses, y construir coaliciones que promuevan la justicia y la comprensión mutua.

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 CONTACT: CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-744-7726,

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