(ANAHEIM, CA, 10/25/16) â€“ The Greater Los Angeles Area chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-LA) welcomes the arrest of an Agoura Hills man accused of making criminal threats to the Islamic Center of Southern California, according to the Los Angeles Police Department.
The arrest comes at a time when hate crimes against Muslims spiked in the past year to its highest levels since the aftermath of the September 11, 2001 attacks. A similar plot was recently thwarted in Kansas.
Mark Feigin, 40, is accused of making two calls to ICSC last month threatening to kill people at the center. Feigin was arrested on Oct. 19 after investigators traced the calls and detectives found nine guns and 250 pounds of ammunition inside Feigin's home, according to police.
Threatening tweets from Feiginâ€™s account were made against the ICSC, but the bureau has not yet confirmed whether Feigin was behind them. Tweets with anti-Muslim comments were also sent to CAIR-LAâ€™s Executive Director Hussam Ayloush that were reported to LAPD.
â€œIt is horrifying to see hate-filled threats translated into tangible evidence of violence,â€ said CAIR-LA Executive Director Hussam Ayloush. â€œWe are learning that words are not just words and that they have the potential to take away lives. CAIR-LA takes these threats very seriously and we thank the police department for handling the situation before it got out of hand.â€
Feigin has been released on bail and is due in court Nov. 10.
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.
La misiÃ³n de CAIR es mejorar la comprensiÃ³n del Islam, fomentar el diÃ¡logo, proteger las libertades civiles, capacitar a los musulmanes estadounidenses, y construir coaliciones que promuevan la justicia y la comprensiÃ³n mutua.
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CONTACT: CAIR-LA Communications Coordinator Malak Habbak, 714-776-1847, email@example.com Â