CAIR: Justice Department to Probe Attacks on LA Muslims
(WASHINGTON, D.C., 3/8/06) – The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) said today that the Department of Justice (DOJ) will look into recent acts of vandalism directed at a Muslim school and home in Louisiana.
Local police are investigating a pair of incidents of vandalism during the weekend that targeted an Islamic school and the nearby home of a Pakistani man.
Curse words were spray-painted on the wall of the Islamic School of Greater New Orleans. Vandals threw eggs and condiments on the Pakistani man’s front door and car. Bacon, which is forbidden to Muslims, was also allegedly thrown on his car.
SEE: Kenner Muslim School, Home Vandalized (Times-Picayune)
“We appreciate the Justice Department’s quick action in this case and hope the perpetrators can be identified and brought to justice,” said CAIR Legal Director Arsalan Iftikhar.
CAIR, America’s largest Muslim civil liberties group, has 32 offices and chapters nationwide and in Canada. 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.
CONTACT: Arsalan Iftikhar, 202-488-8787, 202-415-0799