Â (CEDAR RAPIDS, IOWA, 5/12/16) — The Iowa chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-Iowa) today expressed solidary with that stateâ€™s Jewish community after a synagogue was targeted with apparently religiously-motivated vandalism.
Members of Sons of Jacob Synagogue in Waterloo, Iowa, found Christian messages, Including crosses and â€œJesus Saves,â€ sprayed-painted on their house of worship.
â€œWe stand in solidarity with our Jewish sisters and brothers and encourage the FBI to investigate this vandalism as a hate crime,â€ said CAIR-Iowa Executive Director Miriam Amer. â€œIn this time of angry political rhetoric and heightened emotions, it is important to educate these vandals about the serious nature of their act.â€
â€œWe Americans – and all of humanity â€“ must not allow hatred to be fomented against any person or group of people,â€ said Amer.
CAIR has in the past expressed solidarity with Jewish, Christian and Sikh communities in New Mexico, Florida, South Carolina, Maryland, Massachusetts, Texas, Missouri, Washington state, and California following acts of violence, vandalism, arson or bombings.
The Washington-based civil rights group is offering to send its publication, “Best Practices for Mosque and Community Safety,” to leaders of houses of worship of all faiths.
That booklet, which was published in response to previous attacks on American Muslim institutions, contains safety information applicable to any institution and may be requested through CAIR's website:Â http://www.cair.com/mosque-safety-guide.html
CAIR is America's largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization. Its 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.
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