(NEW YORK, NY, 6/18/19) – The New York chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-NY) today condemned “kill Arabs” hate graffiti in Brooklyn and thanked public officials for expressions of solidarity with the targeted community.
Brooklyn City Council Member Chaim Deutsch tweeted an image of "Kill Arabs” graffiti on a bus shelter at Nostrand Avenue and Avenue V. The borough’s president issued a statement Monday asking for information about the hate message and expressing solidarity with the Arab-American community.
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“With the way our public officials and media speak of and portray Muslims, it is no surprise that Islamophobia is rampant. However, Muslim New Yorkers are strong. We will not let threats stop us from making this city and country a better place for all. We hope the NYPD will thoroughly investigate and hold those responsible to the fullest extent of the law,” said CAIR-NY Executive Director Afaf Nasher.
On Saturday, CAIR-NY joined other civil rights activists and community partners at a rally in the Bronx to demand action following a decision by the NYPD Hate Crimes Task Force to drop its investigation of the allegedly bias-motivated beating of a Black Muslim woman.
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The Washington-based civil rights organization said it has witnessed an unprecedented spike in bigotry targeting American Muslims and members of other minority groups since the election of Donald Trump as president.
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CAIR is America's largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization. Its mission is to enhance understanding of Islam, protect civil rights, promote justice, and empower American Muslims.
Individuals in New York 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’s mission is to protect civil rights, enhance understanding of Islam, promote justice, and empower American Muslims.
La misión de CAIR es proteger las libertades civiles, mejorar la comprensión del Islam, promover la justicia, y empoderar a los musulmanes en los Estados Unidos.
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