(WASHINGTON, D.C., 2/18/15) — The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation's largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today thanked law enforcement authorities in Revere, Massachusetts, for their prompt response to reports of possible death threats targeting local Muslims.
Revere police tell CAIR they are taking the issue seriously and have taken a number of measures, including speaking to school and mosque officials and scheduling a meeting with community leaders.
“We thank the Revere Police Department for taking this issue seriously and for responding in a prompt and professional manner,” said CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper. “Given recent Islamophobic incidents nationwide, we urge community members to take all reasonable precautions in their daily activities and to report bias incidents.”
Over the weekend, CAIR called on law enforcement authorities to investigate vandalism targeting an Islamic school in Rhode Island as a hate crime. CAIR reported that the Islamic School of Rhode Island in West Warwick, R.I., was vandalized with anti-Muslim slurs spray-painted on the school, including “Now this is a hate crime” and “pigs,” along with expletives referring to Islam's Prophet Muhammad and to “Allah.”
In other recent incidents, anti-Muslim graffiti was also sprayed on a school in Washington state, Muslim families in El Paso, Texas, believe they were targeted by hate vandalism and a homeless man accused of torching an Islamic institute in Houston allegedly told a convenience store clerk after the fire that “he hated Muslims, they got what they deserved.”
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American Muslims believe the recent killing of three young Muslims in North Carolina was a hate crime.
“Public death threats made against a religious minority must be taken seriously by law enforcement authorities and community leaders,” said CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper. “We ask that appropriate measures be taken to ensure the safety of local Muslims and of all other community members.”
Hooper said other recent incidents targeting American Muslims include a hate attack on a family in Michigan, threats against a Chicago mosque and an arrest for threats against staffers at CAIR's San Diego office.
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Hooper said CAIR is urging community leaders to implement safety measures outlined in its booklet, “Best Practices for Mosque and Community Safety,” which was published in response to previous attacks on American Muslim institutions.
A free copy of CAIR's “Best Practices for Mosque and Community Safety,” may be requested through our website.
CAIR is also concerned about anti-Muslim statements by elected officials, about an effort to pass anti-Islam bills in state legislatures nationwide and about efforts by anti-Muslim bigots to block American Muslim civic participation.
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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 National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-744-7726, email@example.com; CAIR Communications Manager Amina Rubin, 202-341-4171, firstname.lastname@example.org