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CAIR-MA Calls for Probe of Bias Motive for Vandalism of Muslim Candidate’s Banner

CAIR MA(BOSTON, MA, 7/29/17) – The Massachusetts chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-MA) today called on law enforcement authorities to investigate a possible bias motive for vandalism of a political banner for an Muslim mayoral candidate

Dr. Hazem Mahmoud said the 8-foot-long banner on his front lawn been cut with a sharp blade. Mahmoud said he has been targeted because he is of Egyptian-Muslim heritage but does not know if the vandalism resulted from bias or disagreement with his political views.

SEE: Mayoral Candidate’s Sign Vandalized in Newburyport

“Given the atmosphere of Islamophobia experienced by American Muslims nationwide, we urge law enforcement authorities to investigate a possible bias motive for this incident,” said CAIR-MA Civil Rights Director Barbara J. Dougan.

Last month, CAIR-MA condemned vandalism of Boston’s Holocaust Memorial.

Yesterday, CAIR’s Sacramento office called on state and federal law enforcement authorities to investigate a possible bias motive for the murder of a Sikh man in Fresno.

Video: CAIR-Sacramento Calls for Probe of Bias Motive for Murder of Sikh Man in Fresno  

CAIR has noted an unprecedented spike in hate incidents targeting Muslims and other minority groups since the November 8 election.

SEE: CAIR-NY Condemns ”˜KKK’ Death Threats Targeting Long Island Muslim Family

CAIR-MN Invites Woman Who Threatened to ”˜Kill’ North Dakota Muslims to Meet Community Members

CAIR-LA Welcomes Arrest of Area Man Accused of Islamophobic Assault

CAIR recently launched an app to share critical “know your rights” information and to simplify the process to report hate crimes and bias incidents. CAIR is urging American Muslims and members of other minority groups to download the app and utilize this resource to stay informed and empowered.

For a quick download of CAIR’s civil rights app, click here:     

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-MA Civil Rights Director Barbara J. Dougan, 781-281-9992,; CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-744-7726,

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