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(NEW YORK, NY, 10/6/17) – The New York chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-NY), a leading Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today condemned the anti-black, anti-gay, and anti-Semitic letters sent to seven businesses and the Israeli Consulate in New York City.
According to police, the letters include President Donald Trump’s campaign slogan “Make America Great Again,” a red, white, and black swastika, and four lines of text that target black, gay, and Jewish people. They were discovered by various business owners between September 29 and October 2. NYPD hate crime investigators are looking into who sent the racist letters.
SEE: Letters With Swastikas and 'MAGA' Sent to 7 Shops, Israeli Consulate: NYPD
“This horrendous act shows why Muslims New Yorkers must stand with our neighbors against bigotry in every form,” said CAIR-NY Legal Director Albert Fox Cahn. “We must defend the values of tolerance, diversity, and freedom of religion that have always made America and New York great. We stand with our Jewish, Black, and LGBTQ neighbors and hope that the perpetrators will be discovered and appropriately punished.”
CAIR-NY and the American Muslim community have in the past expressed solidarity with Jewish, Christian, Native American, African-American, and Sikh communities in New Mexico, Florida, South Carolina, Maryland, Alabama, Massachusetts, South Dakota, Ohio, Texas, and other states following acts of hate, threats, violence, vandalism, arson, or bombings. Last month, CAIR-NY condemned the attack on a Jewish mother and daughter mistaken for Muslims in Forest Hills.
SEE: CAIR-NY Condemns Hate Attack on Jewish Mother and Daughter Mistaken for Muslims
Community members are asked to report any bias incidents to police and to CAIR-NY at (646) 665-7599, or by filing a report at: http://www.cair-ny.org/incident-report/.
CAIR is America's largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization. Its mission is to protect civil liberties, empower American Muslims, and build coalitions that promote justice and mutual understanding.
La misión de CAIR es proteger las libertades civiles, capacitar a los musulmanes estadounidenses, y construir coaliciones que promuevan la justicia y la comprensión mutua.
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