(NEW YORK, NY, 4/13/2020) – The New York chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-NY), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today condemned the racially motivated vandalism of NYC’s Jeju Noodles Bar.
The racist graffiti, reading, “Stop Eating Dogs,” sparked alarm in the West Village community. Jeju Noodle Bar owner, Douglas Kim, is calling this incident a hate crime. It would fall among 23 similarly hateful incidents currently being investigated by the city’s hate crime task force. Beyond economic factors, Kim claimed he felt compelled to close the restaurant’s doors as his employees “felt unsafe” commuting to work.
In a statement, CAIR-NY Litigation Director Ahmed Mohamed stated:
“It is unacceptable that these incidents continue to happen in New
York City. New Yorkers must come together and reject the intensifying
hate that is targeting the Asian-American community. Public officials must step
forward to condemn this harassment and commit to a better, more inclusive City.
CAIR-New York continues to express solidarity with the entire Asian-American
community in these trying times.”
This incident continues a frightening string of bias attacks targeting the Asian community in New York City and nationwide.
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CAIR and CAIR-NY are committed to supporting the Asian-American community as anti-Asian harassment increases amidst the COVID-19 global pandemic.
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To report a hate crime or bias-incident/discrimination to the Attorney General’s office, New Yorkers may call the AG’s hotline at 1-800-771-7755 or email email@example.com.
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.