(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.
“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.
CAIR has noted an unprecedented spike in hate incidents targeting Muslims and other minority groups since the November 8 election.
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: http://www.cair.com/app
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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