(COLUMBUS, OH, 2/21/17) – The Ohio chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-Ohio), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today expressed solidarity with and support for the Jewish community in that state after a wave of bomb threats targeted community centers nationwide, including the Mandel JCC in Cleveland.
Additional threats were reported by community centers in Birmingham, Chicago, St. Paul, Tampa, Albuquerque, Houston, Milwaukee, Nashville, and Buffalo. Yesterday’s threats were the latest in a series of bomb threats targeting Jewish community centers nationwide in the last two months. In January, JCC’s in Cincinnati and Columbus were also targeted.
“While we are relieved that no one was hurt by yesterday’s threats, we are sad and disappointed that members of the Ohio Jewish community and their institutions are being targeted by hatred and bigotry,” said Julia Shearson, director of the CAIR-Cleveland office. “As a community that has also been severely targeted by the recent rise in hate crimes, we want to express our solidarity and support for our brothers and sisters in our local Jewish communities and nationwide.”
CAIR Chapters nationwide have reported an unprecedented spike in hate rhetoric and bias-motivated incidents targeting American Muslims, Jews and other minorities since the election of President Trump.
In addition to the three CAIR-Ohio offices making a statement, the National office of CAIR also issued a statement and offered a $5000 reward for any information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons who committed the bomb threats.
Video: CAIR Offers Reward for Info on Threats Targeting Jewish Community Centers Nationwide
“It is the duty of American Muslims to offer support to the Jewish community and any minority group targeted in the recent spike in hate crimes nationwide,”,” said CAIR National Executive Director Nihad Awad. “We hope this reward will aid in the swift apprehension and prosecution of the perpetrators.”
Both the Ohio and national CAIR office noted the “tremendous level of support” offered to American Muslims by the Jewish community whenever Muslims have been targeted by hate in recent months.
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. CAIR-Ohio has Chapters in Columbus, Cleveland and Cincinnati.
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