(MINNEAPOLIS, MN, 7/26/2017) – – The Minnesota chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-MN) today invited the individual who made death threats targeting three Somali-American women in North Dakota to meet with members of that state’s Muslim community to learn about Islam and about “American values of religious tolerance and inclusion.”
That woman is shown on video threatening the Muslim women at a Fargo, N.D., Walmart parking lot on July 25, telling them to “go home” and threatening to kill them.
In the video, the woman shouts, “We’re gonna kill all of ya. We’re gonna kill every one of ya,” as she leans into the passenger window of the women’s vehicle. The woman later identified herself online and apologized to the Muslim women. Her employer now says she will be fired.
“We would be pleased to arrange a meeting with wonderful members of the North Dakota Muslim community to help educate this individual about Islam and about the American values of religious tolerance and inclusion,” said CAIR-MN Civil Rights Director Amir Malik.
Earlier this month, CAIR-MN called on state and federal law enforcement authorities to investigate an alleged assault on a North Dakota Muslim as a possible hate crime.
In March, CAIR-MN called on law enforcement authorities to reconsider bringing criminal charges against a man who allegedly harassed a Muslim woman shopper in Moorhead, Minn., because of her Islamic attire (hijab).
CAIR has noted an unprecedented spike in hate incidents targeting Muslims and other minority groups since the November 8 election. The Washington-based Muslim civil rights organization recently released a report showing a 57 percent increase in anti-Muslim incidents in 2016 over the previous year. This spike in anti-Muslim incidents was accompanied by a 44 percent increase in anti-Muslim hate crimes during the same period.
Another recent CAIR report indicated that anti-Muslim hate crimes in the United States increased by 91 percent in the first half of the year compared with the same period in 2016.
The Washington-based civil rights and advocacy organization urges community members to report any bias incidents to police and to CAIR’s Civil Rights Department at 202-742-6420 or by filing a report at: http://www.cair.com/report
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.
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