LETTER THREATENS TO ‘TERMINATE’ DETROIT-AREA MUSLIMS – TOP
Threat sent to office of CAIR-MI, states ‘we will kill you first’
(SOUTHFIELD, MI, 5/1/07) – The Michigan chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-MI) today said it received a letter threatening Muslims in the Detroit area.
The letter, which contained violent pro-Israel and Islamophobic rhetoric and imagery, stated in part: “Our goal is to terminate all Muslums (sic) in the greater Detroit area. . .and we will kill you first!”
CAIR-MI Executive Director Dawud Walid reported the threat to the FBI and is urging local mosques and Islamic institutions to review security procedures using advice contained in CAIR’s “Muslim Community Safety Kit.” (See excerpts from the safety kit below.)
“It is important that law enforcement officials, elected representatives and community leaders take these kinds of threats seriously and act accordingly,” said Walid.
He also encouraged Islamic non-profit groups to apply for recently-announced DHS grants to receive training and to purchase equipment such as video cameras, alarm systems and other security enhancements. The grants are offered through the Urban Areas Security Initiative Nonprofit Security Grant Program.
SEE: Grants Available to Boost Mosque Security (CAIR)
SEE ALSO: Religious Institutions Closer To Getting Security Funds (NY Sun)
CAIR, America’s largest Islamic 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.
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CONTACT: CAIR-MI Executive Director Dawud Walid, 248-842-1418, E-Mail: email@example.com; CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-488-8787 or 202-744-7726, E-Mail: firstname.lastname@example.org; CAIR Communications Coordinator Rabiah Ahmed, 202-488-8787 or 202-439-1441, E-Mail: email@example.com; CAIR Communications Coordinator Amina Rubin, 202-488-8787, E-Mail: firstname.lastname@example.org