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CAIR-NY: Second Quran Desecration at NY University


(NEW YORK, NY, 10/17/06) – The New York chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-NY) has learned of a second incident of Quran desecration at Manhattan’s Pace University.

In September, a copy of the Quran from the Pace University library was found in the toilet of that facility’s bathroom. CAIR-NY, in collaboration with the Association of Muslim American Lawyers (AMAL), the NYPD Hate Crimes Task Force, the NYPD Community Affairs Bureau, and the Muslim Students Association of Pace worked closely with the university in having that incident documented as a hate crime.

SEE: Copy of Quran Found in Toilet at Pace University (NY1)

In the latest incident, a Quran brought from outside the library was left in a university toilet last Friday.

“We once again call on Pace University to take concrete measures to help educate the student population about Islamophobic bigotry and its negative impact on ordinary Muslims and on American society,” said CAIR-NY Civil Right Director Maryam Sayar Akbar.

CAIR, America’s largest Islamic civil liberties group, has 32 offices and chapters 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.

CONTACT: CAIR-NY Civil Right Director Maryam Sayar Akbar; CAIR-NY Civil Rights Coordinator Aliya Latif at 212-870-2002, E-Mail:


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