CAIR Says FBI Report of Sharp Jump in Anti-Muslim Hate Crimes Should Push Nation’s Leaders to Reject Islamophobia

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CAIR Says FBI Report of Sharp Jump in Anti-Muslim Hate Crimes Should Push Nation’s Leaders to Reject Islamophobia

(WASHINGTON, D.C., 11/14/16) – The Council on American-Islamic-Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today said that newly-released FBI hate crime statistics showing a 67 percent jump in anti-Muslim incidents in 2015 should push the nation’s leaders to repudiate growing Islamophobia.

SEE: Hate Crimes Against Muslims Up by 67% Last Year

“We witnessed a sharp jump in anti-Muslim incidents nationwide last year, with that spike in Islamophobia continuing through 2016 and accelerating after the November 8 election,” said CAIR Government Affairs Director Robert McCaw. “This unprecedented increase in bigotry of all kinds must be repudiated in the strongest terms possible by all our nation’s leaders, beginning with President-elect Donald Trump.”

McCaw noted that the FBI statistics confirm CAIR’s own report of an unprecedented number of anti-mosque incidents in 2015.

CAIR Report: Number of Incidents Targeting U.S. Mosque in 2015 Highest Ever Recorded

Since November 8, CAIR has noted a spike in incidents targeting American Muslims and other minority groups.

SEE: There Have Been More Than 300 Reported Hate Incidents Since Election Day

CAIR-Michigan Calls for Hate Crime Probe After Muslim Woman Forced to Remove Hijab

Also today, CAIR called on state and federal law enforcement authorities in Kentucky to investigate vandalism of a mosque in that state as a possible hate crime.

The Washington-based Muslim civil rights group is asking Muslim community members who believe their rights have been violated to contact local police and 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.html

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.

La misión de CAIR es mejorar la comprensión del Islam, fomentar el diálogo, proteger las libertades civiles, capacitar a los musulmanes estadounidenses, y construir coaliciones que promuevan la justicia y la comprensión mutua.


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CONTACT:CAIR Government Affairs Director Robert McCaw, 202-742-6448, rmccaw@cair.com; CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-744-7726, ihooper@cair.com

CAIR Calls for Protection of Kentucky Mosque Targeted by Terror Threat

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CAIR Calls for Protection of Kentucky Mosque Targeted by Terror Threat

(WASHINGTON, D.C., 11/27/15) – The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today called on state and federal law enforcement authorities to step up protection for a Kentucky mosque that received an emailed death threat this morning.

The Islamic Center of Lexington in Lexington, Ky., received the email, which stated: “I’m going to kill everyone I [sic] there you Muslim f**ks. Salabis is coming for you.”

“This clear terroristic death threat targeting a house of worship must be treated seriously by local, state and federal law enforcement authorities and the perpetrator should be apprehended and brought to justice,” said CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper. “Our nation’s leaders must send a clear message challenging the rising Islamophobia that leads to such threats.”

Hooper added that earlier today, CAIR cited an FBI alert to New York police about an Arizona anti-Islam extremist who is reportedly traveling to that state to “confront” Muslims.

SEE: FBI Warns NY Police About Anti-Islam Arizona Man Who May Be Headed to State to Confront Muslim Group (NY Daily News)

Earlier this 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 attributes this spike in anti-Muslim incidents to the Paris attacks and to the mainstreaming of Islamophobia by political candidates and lawmakers in the run-up to the 2016 general election.

Of particular concern is the extreme anti-Muslim rhetoric and falsehoods being espoused by leading Republican presidential candidates Donald Trump and Ben Carson.

Another contributing factor to this marked rise in Islamophobic hostility is state governors and lawmakers playing on public fears and spreading misinformation about the federal government’s ability to screen Syrian refugees being resettled into the United States.

SEE: CAIR Reports Unprecedented Backlash Against American Muslims After Paris 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.html  

The Washington-based Muslim civil rights group is also asking 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.html  

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, ihooper@cair.com; CAIR Communications Coordinator Nabeelah Naeem, 202-341-4171, nnaeem@cair.com

 

 

 

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Alert: Ask Congress to Reject ‘Reckless’ Post-Paris Bills | CA Muslim Assaulted | Texas Mosque Intrusion | LAPD Probe Sought

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CAIR ACTION ALERT:


Tell Lawmakers to Reject Two ‘Reckless’ Bills Moving in Congress After Paris Attacks


(WASHINGTON, D.C., 11/20/15)
– The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, is calling on all Americans to contact their elected representatives in Congress and urge them to reject two reckless bills, whose sponsors are taking advantage of public fears following the recent ISIS terrorist attacks in Paris.

TAKE ACTION: Contact Congress Today

Tell the Senate to Reject the American Security Against Foreign Enemies Act of 2015 (H.R. 4038)

Also referred to as the American SAFE Act of 2015, the measure was sent to the Senate yesterday by the House in a veto-proof majority vote, 289-137, despite the White House’s threat to reject the measure. The act would effectively halt President Obama’s plan to resettle 10,000 Syrian refugees.

The act requires the heads of the DHS, FBI and Director of National Intelligence to individually certify that every Syrian and Iraqi refugee being resettled inside the United States does not pose a threat.

CAIR opposes the act because no top agency official would ever submit themselves to such a certification process or take personal responsibly for the actions of every refugee resettled in the United States over the course of their lifetimes.

The measure’s burdensome review process would also “halt” the resettlement of Syrian and Iraqi refugees as new screening and approval programs would have to be established to comply with the act.

CAIR believes that Syrian refugees are the first victims of ISIS’s terrorism and should not be made to suffer any more delays in their perilous journey to find shelter and safety.

Tell the House to Reject the Deeply-Flawed Countering Violent Extremism Act of 2015 (H.R. 2899)

Also referred to as the CVE Act of 2015, this deeply-flawed act was approved by the House Homeland Security Committee in July but not referred to be scheduled for a vote until a week after the Paris attacks. It is expected that the act will soon be assigned a date to be debated and voted on the House floor.

If adopted, the legislation would create a new assistant secretary position in DHS and provide $40 million spread over four years to fund an Office for Countering Violent Extremism.

In July, CAIR joined 41 groups raising concerns about the act contained in a letter led by the Brennan Center for Justice, noting that “despite years of experience with CVE programming in the U.S. and abroad, there is no evidentiary basis for concluding that these programs contribute to reducing terrorism.”

CAIR believes that expanding government and throwing taxpayer dollars into an unproven program is not a solution Americans should support.

SEE: CAIR: 42 Groups Raise Concerns About Countering Violent Extremism (CVE) Legislation

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 Government Affairs Manager Robert McCaw, 202-742-6448, rmccaw@cair.com, CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-744-7726, ihooper@cair.com; CAIR Communications Coordinator Nabeelah Naeem, 202-341-4171, nnaeem@cair.com

 

 

 

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CAIR Says Nation’s Leaders Must Repudiate Islamophobia After Spike in Anti-Muslim Incidents

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CAIR Says Nation’s Leaders Must Repudiate Islamophobia After Spike in Anti-Muslim Incidents

Shots fired at Conn. mosque, Okla. man shot after threatening Muslims, N.C. Uber driver hit after being asked if he is Muslim, ‘Middle Eastern’ passengers removed from flight

(WASHINGTON, D.C., 11/17/15) – The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, called on the nation’s political and religious leaders to repudiate Islamophobia in the wake of a spike in anti-Muslim incidents following the Paris terror attacks.

“The mainstreaming of Islamophobia by a number of our nation’s political and religious leaders has encouraged the latest hate-filled actions of anti-Muslim bigots,” said CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper. “Now is the time for those leaders who are concerned about traditional American values of religious inclusion and tolerance to speak out against Islamophobia and anti-Muslim hate crime.”

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Video: CAIR-San Antonio Leader Interviewed About Rising Islamophobia

Last night, CAIR issued a community safety alert after a Texas mosque had its door covered in feces and pages of the Quran were thrown to the ground covered with feces.

In that alert, CAIR cited anti-Muslim incidents reported since the Paris attacks, including terror threats to Florida mosques, vandalism at a Nebraska mosque, shots fired at a Florida Muslim family’s home, hate graffiti targeting a Connecticut Muslim student, an arson attack on a Canadian mosque, a tweet threatening Michigan Muslims, and innumerable hate messages sent online and by phone.

Since that alert was issued, CAIR received reports about shots fired at a Connecticut mosque, the police shooting of an Oklahoma man after he threatened to kill Muslims, an assault on a North Carolina Uber driver after he was asked whether he is Muslim, an assault on a Canadian Muslim mother, threats to Quebec Muslims, and the removal of ‘Middle Eastern’ passengers from flight because the crew felt “uncomfortable.”

Video: CAIR-FL Director Hassan Shibly on CNN to Discuss Mosque Threats

Police, FBI Investigate Shots Fired at Conn. Mosque

Video: CAIR-OK Rep Interviewed on Police Shooting of Man Who Threatened to Kill Muslims

Canada: Muslim Woman Attacked Outside of Her Children’s School in Flemingdon Park

Christian Uber Driver Beaten and Threatened by Passenger ‘Who Thought He was Muslim’

CAIR: Four People ‘of Middle Eastern Descent’ Pulled Off Flight

Police: ‘Suspicious Activity’ on Chicago-Bound Plane was Just Someone Watching News on Phone

Video Threatening Muslims in Quebec Surfaces

An FBI report issued yesterday indicated a rise in anti-Muslim hate crimes in 2014.

FBI: Hate Crimes Are Down In the U.S.—But Not Against Muslims

Because of recent hate incidents, Muslim community leaders are being asked to implement long-term safety measures outlined in CAIR’s booklet, “Best Practices for Mosque and Community Safety,” which was published in response to a previous spike in attacks on American mosques.

A free copy of the booklet may be requested by going to: http://www.cair.com/mosque-safety-guide.html

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, ihooper@cair.com; CAIR Communications Coordinator Nabeelah Naeem, 202-341-4171, nnaeem@cair.com

 

 

 

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Some Thoughts

The terrorist attacks in Paris are really sick and sad. My heart goes out to all those families and friends who are waiting to hear from their loved ones and especially those who won’t hear from their loved ones. May they rest in eternal peace.

I do need to address why we get more worked up about white people or people in “The West” dying than people of color, all over the rest of the world, dying.

Look at all the madness and uproar on Twitter and Tumblr  for Paris (And rightfully so) and take for instance the past few weeks in the Middle East, particularly the last 24-48 hours, have been hell. Multiple terrorist attacks in Lebanon and Iraq, I believe all claimed by ISIS. And very little in comparison was and has been mentioned about Lebanon and Iraq.

I believe the Paris attacks are also being claimed by ISIS, or at least that is what I have heard as of now. And in light of the Paris attacks all these racist Islamophobes come out and rant their ignorant mouths.  You know ISIS and other terrorists have killed thousands of Muslims in the past few years? And that the attacks in Lebanon and Iraq targeted both Muslims and non-Muslim Middle Easterners alike? Additionally, Paris has a high Muslim and Arab population. Who is to know how many Muslims and Arabs were injured or murdered in the Paris attacks.

What I’m trying to say is there’s no reason for the Islamophobia, because we’re all on the same side here. We’re all under threat by ISIS and other terrorists. We’re all against terrorism and violence. Who these psycho extremists are is beyond me, but they’re not the large majority of Arabs and Muslims. And the Arab and Muslim community continually condemns the violence and yet we are still bombarded with hate.

My fear is that the innocent refugees fleeing the violent terroristic regime of Bashar al-Assad, ISIS, the Taliban, Al Qaeda, etc., will pay the price for the horrible and violent few who threaten us all. I fear reprisal attacks and an unending cycle of violence.

There are too many uneducated people full of hate in this world. And all I want is to keep everyone safe and wrapped in a warm and loving blanket of puppies and kittens.