(NEW YORK, NY, 5/5/14) — The New York chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-NY) today said that Muslims stand in solidarity with the Jewish community after anti-Semitic graffiti sprayed on cars and buildings on Saturday in Borough Park, Brooklyn.
The spray-painted words were found on 15 vehicles and four buildings near the Bnos Zion synagogue and school run by the ultra-Orthodox Bobov community. One person was arrested on Sunday and faces charges of criminal mischief as a hate crime and aggravated harassment.
“The New York Muslim community stands in solidarity with the Jewish community in condemning this attack. We denounce all acts of anti-Semitism and hate when anyone is attacked based on their religion, ethnicity, gender, race, or sexual orientation,” said CAIR-New York Director of Operations Sadyia Khalique.
Earlier this year, during CAIR-NY's Muslim Day at the Capitol in Albany, CAIR-NY advocated for Assembly Bill A1953 sponsored by Assemblyman Hooper, which would amend Penal Law 485.05 in relation to presumptive evidence of hate crimes.
CAIR-New York 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,Â 212-870-2002, firstname.lastname@example.org; CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper,Â 202-744-7726, email@example.com