CAIR-NY: PACE U. QURAN DESECRATION RECOGNIZED AS HATE CRIME
(NEW YORK, NY, 10/10/06)- The New York chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-NY) has been informed that the recent desecration of a Quran at Pace University was recognized as a hate crime.
On September 20, a copy of the Quran was found in a toilet at the Pace library bathroom. Initially, Pace University Administration called the desecration vandalism, but with the collaborative efforts of CAIR-NY, the Association of Muslim American Lawyers (AMAL), the NYPD Hate Crimes Task Force, the NYPD Community Affairs Bureau, and the Muslim Students Association at Pace, university administrators now view the incident as bias-related.
In a statement, CAIR-NY said: “CAIR-NY extends its appreciation to Inspector Joseph Cassidy, Community Coordinator Erhan Yildirim of the NYPD Community Affairs Bureau and Officer Ahmed Nasr for their positive involvement, which brought to light the gravity of the situation. Additionally, the investigation of the NYPD Hate Crime Task Force was integral in the reclassification of this crime.”
CONTACT: Maryam Sayar Akbar, Civil Rights Director, CAIR-NY at 212-870-2002