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CAIR-MN Urges Probe of Hate Vandalism Targeting University of Minnesota Muslim Students

CAIR MN Urges Probe of Hate Vandalism Targeting University of Minnesota Muslim Students(MINNEAPOLIS, MN, 11/3/2016) – The Minnesota chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-MN) today called for a hate crime investigation of vandalism targeting Muslim students at the University of Minnesota.

CAIR-MN reports that vandals spray-painted “ISIS†on a sign put up on the Minneapolis, Minn., campus by that university’s Muslim Student Association (MSA). The vandalism was discovered this morning.

“University administrators and state religious and political leaders must speak out forcefully against the rising anti-Muslim hate in our society that results in such disturbing incidents,†said CAIR-MN Executive Director Jaylani Hussein. “We urge campus police and other relevant law enforcement agencies to investigate this incident as a hate crime.â€

He noted a recent spike in the number of hate incidents targeting Minnesota Muslims.

Hussein also cited a number of recent incidents targeting individual American Muslims, Muslim students and Islamic institutions nationwide. CAIR, the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, attributes the rising number of anti-Muslim incidents in large part to Islamophobic rhetoric in the presidential election campaign, particularly the rhetoric used by GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump.

The Washington-based Muslim civil rights group is asking Muslim 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/civil-rights/report-an-incident/view/form.html

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.

La misión de CAIR es mejorar la comprensión del Islam, fomentar el diálogo, proteger las libertades civiles, capacitar a los musulmanes estadounidenses, y construir coaliciones que promuevan la justicia y la comprensión mutua.

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CONTACT: CAIR-MN Executive Director Jaylani Hussein, 612-406-0070, jhussein@cair.com; CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-744-7726, ihooper@cair.com

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