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CAIR-NY Condemns Racist Vandalism Found at Long Island School

(New York, N.Y., 8/30/17) – 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 neo-Nazi, white supremacist and gang related vandalism targeting a middle and high School in Syosset, Long Island.

Police said a security guard found swastikas, profanities, and MS-13 tags spray-painted on the doors, walls, and windows of Syosset High School early Sunday morning, August 27, 2017. Students and their parents discovered the hateful messages the following morning during a freshman orientation.


“It is sad that our children are being exposed to such hatred in an environment that is supposed to be welcoming and safe,” said CAIR-NY Executive Director Afaf Nasher. “We encourage local authorities to investigate fully and the schools to use this incident as a teachable moment by offering educational programs that promote greater understanding.”

On May 16th, 2017, CAIR-NY condemned an allegedly bias-motivated arson attack on the home of an African-American family in upstate New York.


CAIR also recently called for a hate crime investigations of racist graffiti in Wilmington, Del., and racist vandalism targeting residents in Green Township, Cincinnati, Ohio.

CAIR and the American Muslim community have in the past expressed solidarity with Jewish, Christian, Native American, African-American, and Sikh communities in New Mexico, Florida, South Carolina, Maryland, Alabama, Massachusetts, South Dakota, Ohio, Texas, and other states following acts of hate, threats, violence, vandalism, arson, or bombings.

Community members are asked to report any bias incidents to police and to CAIR-NY at (646) 665-7599, or by filing a report at:

CAIR is America’s largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization. Its mission is to protect civil liberties, empower American Muslims, and build coalitions that promote justice and mutual understanding.

La misión de CAIR es proteger las libertades civiles, capacitar a los musulmanes estadounidenses, y construir coaliciones que promuevan la justicia y la comprensión mutua. 

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CONTACT: CAIR-NY Executive Director Afaf Nasher, Esq. (917) 669-4006, or Legal Director Albert Fox Cahn, Esq.  (571) 766-6273,

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