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CAIR Releases 2021 Mid-Year Snapshot Report on Anti-Muslim Bias Incidents

The D.C. based civil rights group documented over 500 complaints of anti-Muslim bias incidents between January and July 2021 alone.

(WASHINGTON D.C., 7/21/2021) – The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today released its 2021 Mid-Year Snapshot Summary Report of Anti-Muslim Bias Incidents.

SEE: CAIR’s 2021 Mid-Year Snapshot Summary Report of Anti-Muslim Bias Incidents

In this report, CAIR presents some of the most severe cases it has observed over the past seven months. The report highlights 38 anti-Muslim bias incidents from the hundreds of cases CAIR has documented, which include hate crimes, harassment, school bullying, discrimination, hate speech, and anti-mosque incidents. CAIR’s belief is that these cases can provide the public a glimpse of the day-to-day lives of Muslims in America who continue to face the deadly threat of Islamophobia.

Key findings of CAIR’s report include:

1) CAIR documented a spike in anti-Muslim hate crimes during the Israeli war on Gaza in May. This included a sudden rise in anti-mosque incidents in May and June involving cases of vandalism and an attempted stabbing. CAIR recorded four anti-mosque incidents in May alone and several physical assaults targeting Muslim women wearing hijab (religious head covering).

2) Bullying against Muslim students continues to occur at rapid rates involving hate speech and physical attacks.

3) Public officials are frequently using anti-Muslim hate speech through social media avenues to marginalize American Muslims.

4) CAIR has noted an increase in anti-Muslim hate crimes in Canada following a vehicular murder that killed three generations of a Canadian Muslim family in June.

In a statement, CAIR National Research and Advocacy Coordinator Huzaifa Shahbaz said:

This report serves as a reminder of the severe nature of Islamophobia and what needs to be done to combat it in the United States and around the world. Islamophobia is hardly an American phenomenon—but very much a global scourge. I urge our elected officials to take the steps laid out within this report to quell the anti-Muslim racism here and abroad.”

CAIR Government Affairs Director Robert McCaw said:

“It is time for the Biden administration to take the threat posed by global Islamophobia to Muslims worldwide and American Muslims at home and travelling abroad seriously. As the proliferation of anti-Muslim bigotry continues, the United States must live up to its principles of defending human rights and freedom for all communities.”

At a joint press conference with Reps. Ilhan Omar, Jan Schakowski, Judy Chu, Andre Carson, and Sara Jabobs, CAIR Executive Director Nihad Awad said:

Islamophobia should not be normal. I can tell you that many Muslims around this country and around the world, those who live as minorities, they started to feel that Islamophobia is part of normal life. It should not be, and we should not accept it. Islamophobia is a danger and threat not only to Muslims but to all our societies and the peace of our communities.”

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.      

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CONTACT: CAIR Government Affairs Director Robert McCaw, 202-742-6448,; 

CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-744-7726, 

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