(NEW YORK, N.Y., 12/11/13) — The New York chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-NY) today called on local law enforcement authorities and the FBI to investigate vandalism of a Watertown, N.Y., Muslim's vehicle as a possible hate crime.
CAIR-NY said the Muslim immigrant's truck was damaged at his home early Saturday. The vandals shattered the windshield and side windows, causing more than $3,000 damage.
According to the police report, a note containing racial and religious slurs was tucked under the car's windshield wipers. The note stated: “U (expletive) (racial slur) I know where u work too!!! U better watch your back!!!” … “(Expletive) Muslim and (racial slur)! Quit your job or else.” Local police are investigating and will determine whether the incident is a hate crime.
“The racial and religious slurs used in this act of violence clearly indicate a need to investigate a bias motive,” said CAIR-NY Director of Operations Sadyia Khalique. “By adding its resources to the investigation of this case, the FBI will send a message that hate-motivated acts of anti-Muslim violence will not be tolerated.”
Just yesterday, CAIR's Washington state chapter held a news conference calling for a maximum sentence in the beating of a Sikh taxi driver by a man shouting anti-Muslim slurs.
Also yesterday, CAIR's St. Louis chapter director spoke about the rising level of Islamophobia in American society that can lead to such incidents.
CAIR's recently-released report, “Legislating Fear: Islamophobia and its Impact in the United States,” revealed that anti-Islam groups received more than $119 million in funding between 2008 and 2011.
CAIR-NY is a chapter of 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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CONTACT: CAIR-NY Director of Operations Sadyia Khalique, 212-870-2002, email@example.com; CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-744-7726, firstname.lastname@example.org