(DALLAS, TEXAS, 11/5/2018) – The Dallas/Fort Worth chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-DFW), a chapter of the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, is calling on state and federal law enforcement authorities to investigate a phoned bomb threat made Saturday night against Dar El-Eman Islamic Center in Arlington, Texas.
A blocked caller reportedly threatened to “kill everyone inside” the mosque with a pipe bomb. The threat was made as dozens of people were gathered at the Islamic center for an event with local police.
“Given the massacre of Jewish worshipers in Pittsburgh, the killing of African-American shoppers in Kentucky and the mail bomb campaign nationwide, we urge Texas law enforcement authorities and the FBI to investigate this case as a hate crime and to bring the perpetrator to justice,” said acting CAIR-DFW Executive Director Ekram Haque. “We urge all Islamic institutions in the DFW area to implement increased security measures and to report any bias incidents to law enforcement authorities immediately.”
CAIR recently called for hate crime probes of vandalism targeting an Idaho mosque and a bomb threat phoned to a Nation of Islam mosque in North Carolina.
Yesterday, CAIR-Oregon reported a threat to the Oregon State Police and Portland Police Bureau targeting the civil rights organization’s offices.
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.
Preliminary data for 2018 indicate that there have been 927 hate incidents targeting American Muslims.
Recently, CAIR asked Muslim communities to step up security measures in the wake of hate incidents nationwide.
The Washington-based civil rights organization is also urging mosques and other houses of worship and faith-based and advocacy organizations to take extra security precautions as outlined in its “Best Practices for Mosque and Community Safety” booklet.
The booklet may be viewed at: https://tinyurl.com/BestSafetyPractices
Community members are being urged to report any bias incidents to the police and to CAIR’s Civil Rights Department at 202-742-6420 or by going to: https://www.cair.com/report
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 misiÃ³n de CAIR es proteger las libertades civiles, mejorar la comprensiÃ³n del Islam, promover la justicia, y empoderar a los musulmanes en los Estados Unidos.
CONTACT: Acting CAIR-DFW Executive Director Ekram Haque, 469-463-1861, email@example.com