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CAIR-NY Welcomes Arrest of Queens Church Vandal, Applauds Swift Response from NYPD

(NEW YORK, N.Y. 3/28/2022) – The New York chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-NY), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today welcomed the arrest of the man who police believe smashed the windows of a Queens, N.Y., church.

The suspect had allegedly attacked the Community Church of Christ in Jamaica on the morning of March 8 and was apprehended by police earlier today.

“We are grateful to the NYPD for rightly identifying this horrific act as a hate crime and moving so swiftly on this man’s arrest,“ said CAIR-NY Executive Director Afaf Nasher. “Houses of worship should be places of tranquility and peace, not hatred. We must remain vigilant and continue to work together as New Yorkers to secure and protect all sacred spaces from violence.”

CAIR has condemned a number of similar incidents nationwide. 

SEE: CAIR Urges Hate Crime Probe for Vandalism of Utah LDS Church Building 

CAIR Condemns Vandalism Targeting D.C. Catholic Church 

CAIR-NY’s mission is to protect civil rights, enhance understanding of Islam, promote justice, and empower American Muslims.

La misión de CAIR-NY es proteger las libertades civiles, mejorar la comprensión del Islam, promover la justicia, y empoderar a los musulmanes en los Estados Unidos.


 Afaf Nasher, Esq. Executive Director, CAIR-NY, 917-669-4006,; Ahmed Mohamed, CAIR-NY Litigation Director, 646-481-2103,