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CAIR-MN Calls for Probe of Possible Bias Motive for Vandalism Targeting Mankato Islamic Center Worshiper’s Vehicle

(MINNEAPOLIS, MN, 8/2/21) – The Minnesota chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-MN) today called on local law enforcement authorities to investigate a possible bias motive for vandalism targeting the vehicle of a Mankato Islamic Center worshiper early Saturday morning.  

Officials with the Mankato Islamic Center reported to CAIR-MN that two vandals spray-painted hate messages on a car owned by one Islamic Center member. The vandalism was captured on surveillance video and that video has been turned over to law enforcement.  

Photos and Video of VANDALISM: Moorhead Islamic Center Facebook page

“We call on local, state and federal law enforcement authorities to investigate a possible bias motive for this vandalism targeting a worshiper’s vehicle,” said CAIR-MN Executive Director Jaylani Hussein. “We are seeing increased hate crimes against Muslims in rural communities and are asking community and faith leaders to condemn this rise in hate crimes targeting Minnesota mosques.” 

Hussein noted that on Friday, CAIR-MN called on the FBI to investigate a potential threat to a Moorhead mosque after learning that a man sentenced for hate vandalism of that house of worship was affiliated with a hate group. 

Video: CAIR-MN Calls on FBI to Probe Potential Threat After Mosque Vandal Linked to Hate Group – YouTube 

SEE: Man who vandalized Moorhead mosque sentenced to community service

CAIR-Minnesota Calls on FBI to Probe Potential Threat After Learning Mosque Vandal was Associated with Hate Group 

In July, CAIR and 23 Democratic members of Congress called on President Joe Biden and Secretary of State Antony Blinken to appoint a Special Envoy to Monitor and Combat Global Islamophobia. 

CAIR Action Alert: Urge President Biden Appoint a Special Envoy to Monitor and Combat Global Islamophobia 

Video: Reps. Ilhan Omar, Jan Schakowsky on MSNBC’s Mehdi Hasan Show to Call for Islamophobia Envoy 

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CONTACT: CAIR-MN Executive Director Jaylani Hussein,; CAIR-MN Deputy Director Mohamed Ibrahim,  

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