(SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ, 3/3/17) – The New Jersey chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-NJ) today called on state and federal law enforcement authorities to investigate a threatening message sent to a New Jersey mosque as a possible hate crime.
CAIR-NJ reports that Masjid Al-Iman in Jersey City, N.J., received a threatening letter on Tuesday that was postmarked in Sheffield, UK. The letter stated “You and your filthy kind will be beheaded,” and featured an illustration with the words “MUSLIM SLAYER.”
This threat is similar to one received by other American mosques.
“We urge local, state and federal law enforcement authorities to treat this and all the other cases of threats and violence targeting American mosques with the seriousness they deserve and to bring the perpetrators to justice,” said CAIR New Jersey Executive Director Jim Sues. “Many faith communities, including Muslims, are increasingly alarmed by hateful acts committed by those who have been emboldened by the current political climate.”
Earlier this week CAIR called on state and federal law enforcement authorities to investigate similar threatening notes sent to mosques in Maryland and Virginia.
Video: CAIR Rep Zainab Chaudry Responds to Threats Targeting Maryland Mosques
Video: CAIR Seeks Hate Crime Probe of Threatening Letter Sent to Virginia Mosque
CAIR has noted an unprecedented spike in hate incidents targeting Muslims and other minority groups since the November 8th election.
A soon-to-be-published CAIR report on Islamophobia in America is expected to show that 2016 was the worst year on record for incidents in which mosques were targets of bias.
CAIR is urging American Muslims and Islamic institutions to take extra security precautions and is offering Muslim community leaders free copies of its booklet, “Best Practices for Mosque and Community Safety.” The booklet may be requested through CAIR’s website: http://www.cair.com/mosque-safety-guide.html
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 misiÃ³n de CAIR es mejorar la comprensiÃ³n del Islam, fomentar el diÃ¡logo, proteger las libertades civiles, capacitar a los musulmanes estadounidenses, y construir coaliciones que promuevan la justicia y la comprensiÃ³n mutua.
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CONTACT: CAIR-NJ Executive Director James Sues, 908-668-5900, firstname.lastname@example.org