WASHINGTON, Dec. 2, 2015 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- On Thursday, December 3, the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) will join leaders of New Jersey's Muslim community, interfaith partners and public officials at a noon news conference in Jersey City, N.J., to condemn leading GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump's false claim that Muslims in that state "celebrated" the 9/11 terror attacks.
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News conference participants will also speak out against rising Islamophobia in America, exacerbated by inaccurate and inflammatory statements by public figures like Trump, Ben Carson and others, which has led to an unprecedented spike in anti-Muslim incidents nationwide in the wake of the Paris terror attacks.
WHAT: CAIR, Muslim Leaders, Interfaith Partners, Public Officials to Speak Out Against Donald Trump's 9/11 Claim, Rising Islamophobia
WHEN: Thursday, December 3, Noon
WHERE: Islamic Center of Jersey City, 17 Park Street, Jersey City, N.J., 07304
CONTACT: CAIR-NJ Executive Director James Sues, 908-668-5900, 908-267-3119, email@example.com; CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-744-7726, firstname.lastname@example.org
"By repeating the false claim - despite a lack of evidence - that Muslims in New Jersey celebrated the 9/11 terror attacks, and by advocating the closure of American mosques and special IDs and databases for American Muslims, Donald Trump must be held partially responsible for the spike in anti-Muslim hate crimes and discrimination we have witnessed since the Paris terror attacks," said CAIR National Executive Director Nihad Awad, who will take part in tomorrow's news conference.
Awad noted that Trump also falsely claimed: "There's a level of hatred within a certain community, in this case the Muslim community. There's a level of hatred that people don't want to talk about."
SEE: Donald Trump is a Bigot and a Racist (Washington Post)
Video: Donald Trump Claims There is a 'Level of Hatred' in the Muslim Community
Last 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.
SEE: CAIR Reports Unprecedented Backlash Against American Muslims After Paris Attacks
Earlier today, CAIR's Los Angeles chapter called on the FBI to investigate as a hate crime an incident in which an apparently bullet-riddled copy of the Quran, Islam's holy text, was found outside of an Islamic clothing store.
SEE: CAIR-LA Asks FBI to Probe Bullet-Riddled Copy of the Quran Left at Islamic Store as Hate Crime
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