CAIR Concerned About 9/11 Spike in Anti-Muslim Incidents

Sep 14, 2011, 15:46 ET from Council on American-Islamic Relations

Bias incidents near 10th anniversary include alleged hate crimes in NC, NY, CA

WASHINGTON, Sept. 14, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- A prominent national Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization today expressed concern about a spike in reports of anti-Muslim incidents –- including alleged hate crimes in North Carolina, California and New York -- apparently tied to the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 terror attacks.

The Washington-based Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) cited incidents such as a burned Quran being delivered to a Bronx mosque, a New York mosque sign being smashed by a speeding driver and an alleged bias-motivated arson attack on an Arab-owned business in California. CAIR urged state and national leaders to challenge rising Islamophobia.

Video: Burnt Quran Delivered to NY Mosque
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lcQothlBsBc  

Video: NY Mosque's Sign Smashed on 9/11 Anniversary
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E1lxIBADu9M

Calif. Fire Investigated as Arson, Hate Crime
http://www.kcra.com/r/29179851/detail.html

Yesterday, CAIR called on the FBI to investigate an arson fire at a Sikh-owned store in North Carolina as a possible hate crime. (NOTE: Sikh men in beards and turbans are often targeted for discrimination by bigots who mistake them for Muslims.)

The alleged perpetrators reportedly spray-painted "911 Go Home" on the outside of the burned store. Officials say an accelerant was used to start the fire.

SEE: Fire Targeted Sikh-Owned Shop in Clay County
http://tinyurl.com/62dhenw

"Our nation's political and religious leaders must step up efforts to address the rising level of anti-Muslim sentiment in our society and speak out forcefully against those who promote or exploit Islamophobia," said CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper.

He cited other apparently bias-motivated incidents, including threats targeting a Muslim family at a 9/11 air show in California, a package containing hate materials left at a Washington state mosque, the alleged profiling of an Arab-American airline passenger, the targeting of a Texas Muslim restaurant customer with hate graffiti, hate rhetoric used at a rally in Michigan, and anti-Muslim views expressed at a meeting of a Washington state hate group.

CAIR-MI: Woman Says Detainment After 9/11 Flight Was Ethnic Profiling
http://tinyurl.com/5wdbswz  

Texas Muslim Wished 'Happy Sept. 11th' on To-Go Order
http://tinyurl.com/5v6co7m

MI: Self-Declared 'Former Terrorist' Speaks at Agema Rally
http://tinyurl.com/5r7lmxp

Video: Wash. State Parents Object to Teaching About Islam (CAIR-WA)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=32R_as58ypY

Hooper noted that a Muslim community in Tennessee seeking to build a new mosque is having a hard time finding contractors, despite the nation's struggling economy.

SEE: In Bad Economy, Contractors Reluctant to Bid on New Tenn. Mosque
http://tinyurl.com/5vq689m

A number of recent reports have documented the growth and promotion of Islamophobia nationwide.

CAIR: Same Hate, New Target
http://tinyurl.com/66enzm8

Center for American Progress: Fear, Inc.
http://www.americanprogress.org/issues/2011/08/islamophobia.html

Southern Poverty Law Center: Jihad Against Islam
http://tinyurl.com/3qsv2v8

People for the American Way: The Right-Wing Playbook on Anti-Muslim Extremism
http://tinyurl.com/6j9fttw

Political Research Associates: Manufacturing the Muslim Menace
http://tinyurl.com/497h5w2

Because of recent incidents targeting American Muslims and their institutions, CAIR is urging members of the Muslim community to review security procedures using advice contained in its "Muslim Community Safety Kit."

SEE: CAIR Muslim Community Safety Kit
http://www.cair.com/ActionCenter/CommunityToolKit.aspx

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, E-Mail: ihooper@cair.com; CAIR Communications Coordinator Amina Rubin, 202-488-8787, 202-341-4171, E-Mail: arubin@cair.com

SOURCE Council on American-Islamic Relations



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