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CAIR Stands with Md. Jewish Community after Hate Vandalism of Synagogue

synagogue-vandalism(Washington, D.C., 4/8/15) — The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) today expressed the Muslim community’s solidarity with the Jewish community after a synagogue in Gaithersburg, Md., was vandalized with Nazi swastikas and profanity. Surveillance video shows a masked man spray-painting the hate graffiti Monday night, midway through the weeklong celebration of Passover.

“We stand in solidarity with the Jewish community as they respond to this act of hatred,†said CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper. “Americans of all faiths should be free to worship without intimidation or harassment. Targeting a house of worship with symbols of hatred and violence is a despicable act.â€

In December, CAIR similarly condemned hateful graffiti, including swastikas, that had been spray-painted in a Montgomery County, Md., neighborhood.

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.

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CONTACT: CAIR Maryland Outreach Manager Zainab Chaudry, 410-971-6062, zchaudry@cair.com ; CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-744-7726, ihooper@cair.com

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