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CAIR-Florida Calls for Resignation of Hallandale Beach Commissioner Who Claimed Muslim Congresswoman Might ‘Blow Up’ Capitol Hill

(MIAMI, FL, 1/15/19) — The Florida chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-Florida) today called for the resignation of Hallandale Commissioner Annabelle Lima-Taub’s who claimed online that newly-elected Muslim Congresswoman Rashida Tlaib might ”˜blow up’ Capitol Hill.

The Florida Sun-Sentinel reported that “. . .[a] Jewish commissioner from Hallandale Beach has accused a Muslim congresswoman from Michigan of being an anti-Semite who might ”˜. . .blow up Capitol Hill.’” The report also states that Hallandale Commissioner Lima-Taub signed an online petition seeking to remove Congresswoman Tlaib from office and posted the petition on her personal Facebook page stating, “She [Congresswoman Rashida Tlaib] is a danger and (I) would not put it past her to become a martyr and blow up Capitol Hill.”

SEE: Hallandale Commissioner: Muslim Congresswoman Might “Blow Up” Capitol Hill

https://www.sun-sentinel.com/local/broward/hallandale/fl-ne-hallandale-official-attacks-rashida-tlaib-20190114-story.html

In a statement, CAIR-Florida Communications Director Wilfredo Ruiz said:

“Holding a public office comes with great responsibilities. Xenophobic stereotypes must not be embraced by any elected official. CAIR-Florida strongly condemns the disgraceful racist and Islamophobic statements published by Commissioner Annabelle Lima-Taub. Her un-American, xenophobic statements establish that she is unfit to hold the Commissioner’s seat. She must apologize immediately and follow up that apology with her resignation.”

CAIR-Florida’s mission is to enhance understanding of Islam, protect civil rights, promote justice, and empower American Muslims.

La misión de CAIR-Florida es mejorar la comprensión del Islam, proteger las libertades civiles, promover la justicia, y empoderar a los musulmanes en los Estados Unidos.

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CONTACT: CAIR-Florida Communications Director, Wilfredo A. Ruiz, 954.272.0490, Ext. 130, wruiz@cair.com

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