(WASHINGTON, D.C.,Â 9/13/16)Â â€“ The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nationâ€™s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today offered rewards for information on a series of apparently anti-Muslim incidents nationwide in recent days.
CAIR is offering $1,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the perpetrators of each of the following crimes: [NOTE: Anyone with information about these crimes should contact relevant law enforcement agencies.]
- In New York, a Muslim woman who wears Islamic attire had her blouse set on fire outside a store in ManhattanÂ SaturdayÂ night.
- An arsonist targeted the Ft. Pierce Islamic Center in Florida. [NOTE: CAIRâ€™s Florida chapter is also offering a $4,000 reward in this case, for a total reward of $5,000.]
Â Â Â Â Â Video: CAIR-Florida Rep Quoted on CNN About Mosque Arson
- Vandals threw rocks through the windows of a mosque in New Hampshire.
- A truck rammed a Maryland mosque.
â€œIt is important that the perpetrators of these crimes be apprehended and their motives be established,â€ saidÂ CAIR National Executive Director Nihad Awad. â€œThe spike in incidents targeting American Muslims and their institutions is the inevitable result of the ongoing mainstreaming of Islamophobia we are witnessing in our society.â€
Today, CAIRâ€™s Georgia chapter condemned anti-Muslim extremists whose harassment and threats of armed protest outside a planned September 13 Newton County Commission meeting led the commissioners to cancel that meeting.
On Friday, CAIRâ€™s New York chapter welcomed a hate crime chargeÂ for an attack on two Muslim women pushing babies in strollers during which the alleged attacker punched and kicked the victims and tried to pull off their Islamic head scarves, or hijabs.
CAIR has noted a spike in anti-Muslim discrimination and hate crimes in recent months, which the civil rights group attributes at least in part to Islamophobic rhetoric used by variousÂ public figures.
The Washington-based Muslim civil rights group is asking Muslim community members to report any bias incidents to police and to CAIR's Civil Rights Department atÂ 202-742-6420Â or by filing a report at:Â www.cair.com/reportÂ Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â
CAIR is 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.
La misiÃ³n de CAIR es mejorar la comprensiÃ³n del Islam, fomentar el diÃ¡logo, proteger las libertades civiles, capacitar a los musulmanes estadounidenses, y construir coaliciones que promuevan la justicia y la comprensiÃ³n mutua.
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