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CAIR-Missouri to Ask Authorities to Probe Arson at Home of Muslim Family as Possible Hate Crime

CAIR logo(ST. LOUIS, MO., 12/20/2016) – On Wednesday, December 21, the Missouri chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-Missouri) will hold a news conference to call on law enforcement authorities to investigate a home arson targeting a Bosnian Muslim family as a possible hate crime.

WHAT: CAIR-Missouri News Conference to Call on Police to Investigate Arson as a Hate Crime

WHEN: Wednesday, December 21th, 8 a.m.

WHERE: 8025 Zellie Ave, St. Louis MO, 63125

CONTACT: CAIR-Missouri Executive Director Faizan Syed, 636-207-8882, 314-330-2946, faizan@cair-mo.com

The Bosnian Muslim family bought the home in August of this year after it had been vacant for three years. The day after the home was purchased by the family, it was set on fire.

“We are calling on law enforcement authorities and fire officials to investigate this arson as a possible hate crime,†said CAIR-Missouri’s Executive Director Faizan Syed.

The arson occurred in the same neighborhood in which an Arab-American Muslim family was allegedly the repeated victims of threats, intimidation and violence by a neighbor.

SEE: South City Muslim Family Claims Harassment by Neighbor

The Washington-based Muslim civil rights organization has reported an unprecedented spike in anti-Muslim incidents nationwide since the election of Donald Trump.

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.

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CONTACT: CAIR-Missouri Executive Director Faizan Syed, 636-207-8882, 314-330-2946, faizan@cair-mo.com; CAIR-Missouri Civil Rights Attorney Robert West, 636-207-8882, rwest@cair.com; CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-744-7726, ihooper@cair.com

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