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CAIR-Pittsburgh Calls on Penn State University to Expel Student Over Nazi Swastika

(PITTSBURGH, PA, 6/5/2020) — The Pittsburgh chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-Pittsburgh), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today called on Penn State University to expel a student over a social media post showing a Nazi swastika.

The photo was posted on Monday and showed the student, who has been identified along with two unidentified friends, looking over their shoulders and smiling at the camera. Two of those shown were wearing hand-drawn Nazi swastikas on their shoulders. 

SEE: Petition requesting disciplinary action for alleged Penn State student’s use of swastika gains over 1.6K signatures

In a statement, CAIR-Pittsburgh’s Executive Director Christine Mohamed said:

“The Nazi swastika is a symbol of terror and oppression. It is a symbol of hate, fear, anti-Semitism, and white supremacy. We as a community, do not accept that kind of hatred. We urge Penn State University to put the safety of its students first by showing the community that these twisted views are not a reflection of the values they accept. Our state’s Muslim community will continue to stand against hatred and bigotry.”

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

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


CONTACT: Christine Mohamed, CAIR-Pittsburgh, Executive Director, 412-606-3601,

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