(WASHINGTON, D.C., 12/3/15) â€“ The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nationâ€™s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today called on state and federal law enforcement authorities to investigate as a hate crime a phone threat to a Virginia mosque made in the wake of yesterdayâ€™s deadly shooting spree in San Bernardino, Calif.
CAIR also called for stepped-up police protection at the mosque.
The Manassas Mosque in Manassas, Va., received the threat on its voice mail last night. A caller claiming to represent the â€œJewish Defense Leagueâ€ referred to the California killings and said that the group â€œwill do to your people what you did to them.â€
â€œJust as we condemn the horrific killings in San Bernardino, we as a nation must repudiate threats to all American houses of worship,â€ said CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper. â€œWe call on state and federal law enforcement authorities to investigate this threat as a hate crime and to bring the perpetrator to justice.â€
Hooper also urged Muslim community members to report any bias incidents to police and to CAIR's Civil Rights Department at 202-742-6420 or by filing a report at: http://www.cair.com/civil-rights/report-an-incident/view/form.htmlÂ Â Â
Last week, CAIR called on state and federal law enforcement authorities to step up protection for a Kentucky mosque that received an emailed death threat.
Earlier that week, CAIR released an initial report on the unprecedented backlash and discrimination targeting the nation's Muslim community since the November 13 terror attacks in Paris.
CAIR notes that it has received more reports about acts of Islamophobic discrimination, intimidation, threats, and violence targeting American Muslims (or those perceived to be Muslim) and Islamic institutions in the past week-and-a-half than during any other limited period of time since the 9/11 terror attacks.
CAIR offers community leaders free copies of its booklet, “Best Practices for Mosque and Community Safety,” which was published in response to past threats to and attacks on American mosques. The booklet may be requested through CAIR's website: http://www.cair.com/mosque-safety-guide.htmlÂ 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.Â
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