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CAIR-NY Condemns Burglary of Islamic Center of Northern New York, Calls for Probe of Possible Bias Motive

(NEW YORK, N.Y. 6/16/2020) – The New York chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-NY), a chapter of the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today condemned an apparent burglary at the Islamic Center of Northern New York in, Calcium, N.Y., in which equipment was stolen and religious items of importance were damaged.

While an investigation by New York State police is underway to identify suspects – and because of the damage to religious items — CAIR-NY is calling on local authorities to investigate a possible bias motive for this incident.

SEE: State police investigate theft, damage at mosque

In a statement, CAIR-NY Executive Director Afaf Nasher said:

“It is important that law enforcement authorities investigate crimes targeting houses of worship with an eye toward uncovering possible bias motives. All people, regardless of race, class, or religious affiliation, should feel comfort and safety when congregating, attending cultural gatherings and worshipping.”

CAIR-NY is passionately committed to defending the sanctity of houses of worship of all faiths.

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

SEE: CAIR-NY Condemns Vandalism Targeting Mesiva Tiferes Yerushalayim Building

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

La misión de CAIR-NY 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 Executive Director Afaf Nasher,, 917-669-4006;CAIR-NY Litigation Director Ahmed Mohamed,, 646-481-2103

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