(NEW YORK, NY, 04/14/08) ­- A representative of the New York chapter of the Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR-NY) yesterday joined interfaith groups at a rally to present a united front against bigotry and hatred following an alleged bias incident at the Mohegan Park Jewish Center in Yorktown.
The center was defaced last week with a Nazi swastika. Religious items, including a model Torah scroll, Menorah (religious candelabra) and memorial plaques, were also destroyed.
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“A message must be sent that such attacks, motivated as they are by bias and hate, are un-American,” said CAIR-NY Board Member and Trustee for the Hudson Valley Islamic Community Center Zead Ramadan. “Given the number of bias incidents occurring in our communities, an emphasis must be made on educating youth on the value of religious diversity.
CAIR, America’s largest Muslim civil liberties group, has 35 offices, chapters and affiliates nationwide and in Canada. 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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