Third Muslim business torched in Texas
On Wednesday, April 7, the San Antonio, Texas, office of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-San Antonio) will hold a “community solidarity” news conference in reaction to an arson attack Monday on a local Muslim business, the third such incident in three weeks.
Participants in the news conference will include local elected officials and representatives from a number of civil liberties organizations, minority groups and law enforcement agencies.
When: Wednesday, April 7, 1:15 p.m.
Where: Esperanza Peace and Justice Center, 922 San Pedro, San Antonio, Texas
Contact: CAIR-San Antonio, Sarwat Husain, 210-378-9528, firstname.lastname@example.org
“If bias is indeed the motive for these attacks, our community needs to send a clear message to the perpetrators that bigotry and hatred will not be tolerated,” said CAIR-San Antonio Executive Director Sarwat Husain.
The first fire was set at Zia Abbasi’s Texaco station on March 24. The second was at Ameen Jiveni’s Kwik Pantry on March 29. The latest fire occurred at the Muslim-operated Commercial Food Mart early Monday. All fires were set using gasoline at about 3 a.m. Arson investigators say they cannot label the fires as hate crimes until they arrest a suspect.
“We are monitoring the situation in San Antonio to see if it fits into the growing pattern of anti-Muslim incidents in our society,” said CAIR Executive Director Nihad Awad. Last month, vandals wrote “sand n**gers” and “America rocks b*tch” on the interior walls of the Islamic Center of the South Plains in Lubbock, Texas.
CAIR, America’s largest Islamic civil liberties group, is headquartered in Washington, D.C., and has 26 regional offices and chapters nationwide and in Canada.