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CAIR Expresses Solidarity with Jewish Community After Neo-Nazi Vandalism of Indiana Synagogue

(WASHINGTON, D.C., 7/29/2018) – The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today expressed solidarity with the Jewish community in Indiana following apparent neo-Nazi vandalism of a synagogue in that state.

A black Nazi swastika and Iron Cross were painted on a wall at Congregation Shaarey Tefilla in Carmel, Ind., near Indianapolis.

SEE: Suburban Indianapolis Synagogue Vandalized
https://www.jta.org/2018/07/29/news-opinion/suburban-indianapolis-synagogue-vandalized

Indiana Synagogue Vandalized with Anti-Semitic Graffiti

http://thehill.com/blogs/blog-briefing-room/399386-indiana-synagogue-vandalized-with-anti-semitic-graffiti

Anti-Semitic Graffiti Found at Carmel Synagogue

https://www.indystar.com/story/news/2018/07/29/carmel-synagogue-tagged-anti-semitic-graffiti/858786002/

“We condemn this act of hate targeting a house of worship and express the solidarity of American Muslims with the Jewish community in Indiana at a time of growing anti-Semitism and other forms of bigotry nationwide,” said CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper.  

He said CAIR and the American Muslim community have in the past expressed solidarity with Jewish, Christian, Native American, African-American, and Sikh communities in New Mexico, Florida, South Carolina, Maryland, Alabama, Massachusetts, South Dakota, Ohio, Texas, and other states following acts of hate, threats, violence, vandalism, arson, or bombings. 

Last week, CAIR’s Kansas chapter expressed solidarity with the African-American community following an allegedly racially-motivated murder of an African-American woman by a reported white supremacist.

Video: CAIR-Kansas Shows Solidarity with African-American Community After White Supremacist Murder

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r2h6bo0rZwM

CAIR recently released a report documenting an unprecedented rise in bias-motivated incidents targeting American Muslims linked to Trump’s election.

SEE: CAIR’s 2018 Civil Rights Report Offers Data on Impact of Growing Anti-Muslim Bias

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=quaoXt58MMM

CAIR has also noted an increasing unity between white supremacy groups and anti-Muslim organizations in rallies and organized protests.

SEE: The Hate that ACT for America Wrought
http://www.islamophobia.org/articles/207-the-hate-that-act-for-america-wrought.html

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 National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-744-7726, ihooper@cair.com

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