SOUTHFIELD, Mich., June 12, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Michigan chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-MI) today called on the FBI to investigate a possible bias motive for a fire and hate graffiti targeting a building associated with a Dearborn mosque.
[MEDIA ADVISORY: CAIR's Minnesota chapter will hold a media availability at 6:30 p.m. tonight, just prior to a city council meeting in St. Anthony, Minn., to discuss approval of a new Islamic center that faced local opposition. LOCATION: Outside the St. Anthony Council Chambers, 3301 Silver Lake Road, St. Anthony, Minn. CONTACT: CAIR-MN Executive Director Lori Saroya, 612-327-6700, E-Mail: [email protected], SEE: CAIR-MN: St. Anthony to Vote on Islamic Center, http://tinyurl.com/7o3hrvy]
CAIR-MI said obscene graffiti with the word "Arabs" was discovered today along with an apparently intentionally-set fire at the Dearborn Woods Community Center, which is associated with the nearby American Muslim Center.
"If a bias motive is revealed in this case, the FBI should add its resources to those of local law enforcement authorities to help bring the perpetrators to justice," said CAIR-MI Executive Director Dawud Walid, who informed local FBI officials of the incident.
Walid noted that there have been a number of similar incidents targeting mosques nationwide.
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CAIR-MI is asking members of the Muslim community to review security procedures using advice contained in its "Muslim Community Safety Kit."
SEE: CAIR Muslim Community Safety Kit
A number of recent reports have documented the growth and promotion of Islamophobia nationwide.
CAIR: Same Hate, New Target
Center for American Progress: Fear, Inc.
Southern Poverty Law Center: Jihad Against Islam
People for the American Way: The Right-Wing Playbook on Anti-Muslim Extremism http://tinyurl.com/6j9fttw
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CONTACT: CAIR-MI Executive Director Dawud Walid, 248-842-1418, E-Mail: [email protected]; CAIR-MI Staff Attorney Lena Masri, 248-390-9784, E-Mail: [email protected]; CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-744-7726, E-Mail: [email protected]; CAIR Communications Manager Amina Rubin, 202-488-8787, 202-341-4171, E-Mail: [email protected]
SOURCE Council on American-Islamic Relations