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CAIR-NY Calls for Hate Crime Probe After Man Caught on Video Setting Fire Outside Mosque

(NEW YORK, N.Y., 12/12/2019) – The New York chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-NY), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today called on law enforcement authorities to investigate a possible bias motive for a fire set outside a local mosque.

Members of the Bangla Bazar Jame Masjid in Parkchester say a man was caught on surveillance video setting a fire outside the Islamic house of worship on Tuesday and seeming to try to set the building ablaze. The NYPD is treating the incident as a case of criminal mischief.

Video: Man set fire to Parkchester mosque on same day of Jersey City shooting

“Because of the increase in hate incidents targeting the American Muslim and other minority communities, we urge law enforcement authorities to investigate a possible bias motive for this attempted act of arson,” said CAIR-NY Litigation Director Ahmed Mohamed.

He noted that CAIR has reported a spike in bigotry targeting American Muslims, immigrants and members of other minority groups since the election of Donald Trump as president.

CAIR-NY is encouraging community members to report all suspected hate incidents. New Yorkers may contact CAIR-NY for assistance by filing an incident report online at or call 646.665.7599. 

CAIR’s mission is to protect civil rights, enhance understanding of Islam, promote justice, and empower American Muslims. 

La misión de CAIR es proteger las libertades civiles, mejorar la comprensión del Islam, promover la justicia, y empoderar a los musulmanes en los Estados Unidos.


CONTACT: CAIR-NY Litigation Director Ahmed Mohamed,, 646-481-2103; CAIR-NY Executive Director Afaf Nasher,, 917-669-4006


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