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CAIR-LA Welcomes the Arrest of a Man Planning an Attack on L.A. Mosque

CAIR logo(ANAHEIM, CA, 10/25/16) – 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.

SEE: Agoura Hills Man Planned 'Columbine-Type' Attack on L.A. Mosque

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.

SEE: Feds Charge 3 Kansas Men With Plotting to Bomb Muslims

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 Feigin’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-LA’s Executive Director Hussam Ayloush that were reported to LAPD.

“It is horrifying to see hate-filled threats translated into tangible evidence of violence,†said CAIR-LA Executive Director Hussam Ayloush. “We 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 misión de CAIR es mejorar la comprensión del Islam, fomentar el diálogo, proteger las libertades civiles, capacitar a los musulmanes estadounidenses, y construir coaliciones que promuevan la justicia y la comprensión mutua.

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CONTACT: CAIR-LA Communications Coordinator Malak Habbak, 714-776-1847,  

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