(WASHINGTON, D.C., 7/28/10) — The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) today condemned the vandalism of a synagogue in Olney, Md., and expressed sympathy and solidarity with the congregants.
Congregants of B’Nai Shalom Synagogue discovered anti-Semitic graffiti on the outside of the building earlier this week. Vandals spray-painted Nazi swastikas and the words “Arbeit Macht Frei” meaning “work will set you free,” which was the slogan over the entrance to the Auschwitz concentration camp.
“Such a hateful attack on the Jewish community and on a house of worship is intolerable and must be condemned by Americans of all faiths,” said CAIR National Executive Director Nihad Awad. “We offer our support to the congregants of B’Nai Shalom Synagogue. Americans must stand together against bigotry and all forms of religious or ethnic intimidation, which run contrary to the values of our faiths and our nation.”
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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