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CAIR-Missouri Thanks FBI for ‘Swift and Professional’ Response to Instagram Threat

(ST. LOUIS, MO, 01/28/2021) – The Missouri Chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-Missouri), a chapter of the nation’s largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization, today thanked the FBI-St. Louis field office for its “swift and professional” response to a threat message received on CAIR-Missouri’s Instagram account via direct message.

Shortly after reporting the threat, an FBI agent reached CAIR-Missouri and affirmed that they will follow up and let the civil rights organization know when there is an update.   

In a statement, CAIR-Missouri Associate Executive Director Marwan Hameed said: 

“We thank the FBI-St. Louis field office for its swift and professional response to this apparent threat. Hate speech, anti-Black racism, anti-Semitism, xenophobia, Islamophobia, and white supremacy are unfortunately the rise nationwide. This type of hate-fueled rhetoric is a direct threat to all Americans and to the social fabric of our society. It must end.” 

Hameed added that last year, CAIR-Missouri welcomed the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) decision to file federal arson charges against the man arrested for allegedly setting fire to the Cape Girardeau Islamic Center. 

SEE: CAIR-Missouri Welcomes Federal Action in Mosque Arson, Calls on DOJ to Add Hate Crime Charges 

He said Washington, D.C.-based CAIR and the American Muslim community are standing in solidarity with all those challenging anti-Black racism, xenophobia, Islamophobia, anti-Semitism, and white supremacy.      

CAIR-Missouri recently welcomed the response of Oakville High School in addressing a student wearing a Confederate flag face mask. 

SEE: CAIR-Missouri Welcomes Response to Student’s Confederate Flag Face Mask  

CAIR is America’s largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization. Its mission is to protect civil rights, enhance understanding of Islam, promote justice, and empower American Muslims.                      

La misión de CAIR es proteger las libertades civiles, mejorar la comprensión del Islam, promover la justicia, y empoderar a los musulmanes en los Estados Unidos.             

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CONTACT: Marwan Hameed, executive.director@cair-mo.org, 314-722-6116; CAIR-Missouri Board Chair Yasir Ali, Yasir.ali@cair-mo.org, 314-722-6116; CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-744-7726, ihooper@cair.com 

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