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Press Release: CAIR Supports NY City Council Security Grant Program to Protect Muslim, Jewish and Other Community Institutions

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CAIR Supports NY City Council Security Grant Program to Protect Muslim, Jewish and Other Community Institutions

(NEW YORK, N.Y., 3/20/17) - The New York chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-NY) today announced its support for a proposed New York City Council security grant program that would allocate $25 million to protect to help protect Muslim, Jewish and other nonprofit institutions, safeguarding those community centers and cultural institutions at the greatest risk of attack.

Official statistics show a 54 percent uptick in hate crimes New York City in 2016; however, reports to CAIR-NY indicate a much greater increase in such incidents targeting the Muslim community. CAIR-NY officials say they continue to see evidence of systemic under-reporting of anti-Muslim attacks.

"Given the unprecedented spike in anti-Muslim hate crimes, we expect Muslim community centers and mosques will be among those receiving much-needed funding under this program," said CAIR-NY’s Board President Zead Ramadan.

"New York's Muslim and Jewish communities have both seen a disturbing rise in violence, and we expect that this funding will help both faith communities keep their members safe," CAIR-NY's Legal Director Albert Cahn.

SEE: Protecting New York's Communities from Hate Crimes
http://www.marklevine.nyc/protecting_ny_from_hatecrimes    

A soon-to-be-published CAIR report on Islamophobia in America is expected to show that 2016 was the worst year on record for incidents in which mosques were targets of bias.

Yesterday, CAIR’s Iowa chapter called for a hate crime investigation of an anti-Muslim message left at a mosque in that state.

Video: CAIR-Iowa Calls for Hate Crime Probe of Trump Supporter's Anti-Muslim Message Left at Mosque
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4Np2VpPOnvU

CAIR’s Arizona chapter recently called on state and federal law enforcement authorities to investigate the desecration of copies of the Quran, Islam’s holy text, by an intruder at a Tucson mosque.

Video: CAIR Calls for Hate Crime Probe of Quran Desecration at Tucson Mosque
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JyTKAYx3Ha8  

The Texas office of CAIR also welcomed an arrest of a man suspected of setting fire to the Islamic Center of Victoria in Victoria, Texas, in January.

SEE: CAIR Welcomes Arrest in Arson Attack on Texas Mosque
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qo5Lb5YqmLc  

CAIR is asking American Muslims and Islamic institutions to take extra security precautions and is offering Muslim community leaders free copies of its booklet, "Best Practices for Mosque and Community Safety." The booklet may be requested through CAIR's website: http://www.cair.com/mosque-safety-guide.html  

CAIR’s national headquarters in Washington, D.C., has noted an unprecedented spike in hate incidents targeting Muslims and other minority groups since the November 8 election.

Muslim 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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CAIR-NY Condemns Desecration of Jewish Cemetery in Rochester, N.Y. and Bias Attack Against Latino Man in Brooklyn, N.Y.

The New York Chapter of the Council of Islamic Relations (CAIR-NY), the nation's largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today condemned the desecration of graves at the Waad Hakolel Cemetery in Rochester, New York. Approximately a dozen headstones at the Jewish cemetery were toppled in attacks similar to those at Jewish cemeteries in Philadelphia, and St. Louis , making it the third such attack in two weeks.

“We condemn these attacks and those so blinded by hate that they not only attack the living, but also desecrate the dead,” said CAIR-NY Executive Director Afaf Nasher. “American Muslims stand with every community that is enduring this shocking surge in hate crimes.”

“Muslim and Jewish New Yorkers stand united in the face of this mindless hatred,” said CAIR-NY Legal Director Albert Fox Cahn. “We call on elected officials to provide the resources needed to safeguard Jewish and Muslim religious sites and to thoroughly investigate every hate crime.”

SEE: Another Jewish cemetery is vandalized, this time in New York

https://www.newsday.com/news/region-state/police-jewish-cemetery-vandalized-in-new-york-state-1.13203005

CAIR-NY also condemned an apparent bias attack on a Latino man in Brooklyn, NY, which took place on Wednesday evening. According to the NYPD, the assailant called the victim a “f***ing Mexican” and said “go back to your country,” before punching the victim multiple times, breaking his nose. The attack took place at the southbound J-train platform at the Crescent Street station.

SEE: Attacker yells, ‘Go back to your country,’ then breaks man’s nose on Brooklyn subway platform

http://pix11.com/2017/03/02/man-punched-in-face-on-brooklyn-subway-platform-told-to-go-back-to-mexico/

CAIR-NY’s statement was just the latest in a series of actions to promote solidarity between Muslim Americans and other targets of hate crimes. Last month, CAIR’s national office offered a $5,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of the person or persons who threatened at least 10 Jewish Community Centers nationwide.

SEE:  CAIR Offers Reward for Info on Threats Targeting Jewish Community Centers Nationwide

https://www.cair.com/press-center/press-releases/14131-cair-offers-reward-for-info-on-threats-targeting-jewish-community-centers-nationwide.html

In the same month, Florida chapter of CAIR expressed solidarity with the Jewish community after vehicles in a predominately Orthodox Jewish Community were vandalized with Nazi swastikas.

SEE: CAIR-FL Expressed Solidarity with Jewish Community After Hate Vandalism

https://www.cair.com/press-center/press-releases/14107-cair-fl-expresses-solidarity-with-jewish-community-after-hate-vandalism.html

CAIR’s Ohio chapter also expressed solidarity with the Jewish community of Ohio after a series of bomb threats targeted Jewish Communities throughout the nation, including the Mandel JCC in Cleveland, the JCC in Cincinnati, and the JCC in Columbus.

SEE: CAIR-Ohio Expressed Solidarity with Ohio Jewish Community

https://www.cair.com/press-center/press-releases/14132-cair-ohio-expresses-solidarity-with-ohio-jewish-community-after-bomb-threats.html

CAIR and the American Muslim community has 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, violence, vandalism, arson, or bombings.

SEE: CAIR, Coalition Partners Condemn Latest Incident of Nooses Discovered in Calvert County, Md.

http://www.cair.com/press-center/press-releases/13945-cair-coalition-partners-condemn-latest-incident-of-nooses-discovered-in-calvert-county-md.html

CAIR-Cincinnati, CAIR-Alabama Condemn Nazi Vandalism Targeting Interracial Couples

http://www.cair.com/press-center/press-releases/13932-cair-cincinnati-cair-alabama-condemn-nazi-vandalism-targeting-interracial-couples.html

CAIR Welcomes Denial of Easement for Dakota Access Pipeline

http://www.cair.com/press-center/press-releases/13928-cair-welcomes-denial-of-easement-for-dakota-access-pipeline.html

CAIR Condemns Threat and Vandalism Targeting Home of Jewish Professor in Oberlin, Ohio

http://www.cair.com/press-center/press-releases/13905-cair-condemns-threat-and-vandalism-targeting-home-of-jewish-professor-in-oberlin-ohio.html

Muslim 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 mejorar la comprensión del Islam, fomentar el diálogo, proteger las libertades civiles, capacitar a los musulmanes estadounidenses, y construir coaliciones que promuevan la justicia y la comprensión mutua.

CAIR-NY Condemns Bomb Threats Against Syracuse, NY Jewish Community


(New York, NY, 1/19/17) – The New York chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-NY), today condemned bomb threats against the Jewish Community Center of Syracuse, New York.  The bomb threat, which was made by telephone, forced Jewish Community Center officials to evacuate the center on Wednesday morning.  Police officers from multiple departments, including K-9 units, searched and cleared the building.

SEE: Bomb threat made at DeWitt Jewish Community Center; threats reported across the nation

“American Muslims stand in solidarity with the Jewish community in Syracuse and across New York,” said
CAIR-NY Executive Director Afaf Nasher. “Targeting any group because of their faith is never acceptable. CAIR-NY stands in solidarity with Jewish New Yorkers and defends their right to worship freely.”

“As a Jewish advocate for the Muslim community, it’s clear to me we must stand united against this sort of religious bigotry,” said
CAIR-NY Director of Strategic Litigation Albert Fox Cahn. “In this period of growing religious intolerance, Jewish and Muslim New Yorkers must learn to support and defend each other.”

Late last month, CAIR’s national office expressed solidarity with Montana’s Jewish communities after neo-Nazis announced plans to stage an armed, anti-Semitic march in that state.  In that case, a leader of the neo-Nazi movement announced plans for the hate march in Whitefish, Montana “against Jews, Jewish businesses and everyone who supports either.”

SEE: CAIR Expresses Solidarity with Montana Jewish Community as Neo-Nazi Plans Armed Anti-Semitic March

That same month, CAIR’s Greater Los Angeles Area chapter expressed similar solidarity with the Christian community in that state following apparent hate vandalism targeting an Assyrian church in San Fernando, Calif.

SEE: CAIR-LA Expresses Solidarity with Christian Community After Hate Vandalism of AssyrianChurch

CAIR and the American Muslim community has 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, violence, vandalism, arson, or bombings.

SEE: CAIR, Coalition Partners Condemn Latest Incident of Nooses Discovered in Calvert County, Md.

CAIR-Cincinnati, CAIR-Alabama Condemn Nazi Vandalism Targeting Interracial Couples

CAIR Welcomes Denial of Easement for Dakota Access Pipeline

CAIR Condemns Threat and Vandalism Targeting Home of Jewish Professor in Oberlin, Ohio

CAIR’s national headquarters in Washington, D.C., has noted an unprecedented spike in hate incidents targeting Muslims and other minority groups since the November 8 election.

SEE: CAIR-OK Urges FBI to Join Hate Crime Probe of Pig Carcass Dumped at Islamic Center

CAIR-LA Welcomes Arrest of Suspect in Stabbing of Muslim Near Simi Valley Mosque

CAIR-NY Welcomes Sentencing of White Supremacist in Anti-Muslim Plot, Arrest of Man Who Assaulted Muslim Woman

Muslim 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 mejorar la comprensión del Islam, fomentar el diálogo, proteger las libertades civiles, capacitar a los musulmanes estadounidenses, y construir coaliciones que promuevan la justicia y la comprensión mutua.
 
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We must show solidarity with Muslim-Americans in face of Trump administration fear-mongering

I am a Jew. But starting today, in the eyes of the Trump Administration, I want to be seen as a Muslim.

There are too many people inside the Trump transition team talking about registering Muslims or even interning them in camps — so starting today, I am wearing a yellow Islamic crescent and star on my jacket, and urging all Americans to do the same, until this racist nonsense is banished from our public discourse.

There have been too many attacks on Muslims already, too many immigrant children coming home from school crying because a bully told them they'll be deported after Jan. 20, too many Trump supporters not seeing that there’s a vast chasm between Islam and terrorism committed in the name of a perverted version of Islam.

As a Jew, I am particularly sensitive to efforts by government to divide us along ethnic or racial lines. The Germans did that in the 1930s with disastrous results. We did it to Japanese-Americans during World War II, which remains a stain on our national conscience. And the Trump campaign certainly did it during the election season with heightened rhetoric.

Indeed, Trump's military adviser Gen. Michael Flynn tweeted earlier this year that "fear of Muslims is RATIONAL." (Flynn has been appointed to the cabinet, but it's unclear if that rhetoric got him the job.)

Of course, when the Nazis infamously made Jews wear yellow stars in German-occupied territories, thousands of righteous Gentiles stood up to Hitler by protecting Jews. There's a legend that King Christian of Denmark wore a yellow star in solidarity with Jews. OK, that story isn't true, but it doesn't mean we can't be inspired by it.

In that spirit, it is time for all of us to stand up to those who would oppress Muslim-Americans. That's why on Friday morning, I went to a craft store near my Brooklyn home, bought some yellow felt, and crafted an Islamic crescent and star, modeled after the "Jude" stars of the Nazi era. It's not perfect, but it makes the Gandhian point, "I am a Muslim, and a Hindu, and a Christian, and a Jew — and so are all of you."

It's unclear whether President Trump will follow through on campaign trail chatter about requiring Muslims to register with the government. But this week, one of his advisers told Reuters about an internal debate within the Trump transition team about a proposal for a national registry of immigrants and visitors from Muslim countries. A day later, a key Trump surrogate spoke glowingly of internment camps.

“We did it during World War II with the Japanese,” said Carl Higbie, who, until this week, was the spokesman for the pro-Trump Great America PAC.

He didn't back down from the legality of the idea when challenged by host Megyn Kelly.

“I’m not proposing that at all,” Higbie said. “But I’m just saying there is precedent for it.”

There's also precedent for killing millions of Native Americans and dumping PCBs into the Hudson River, but that doesn't mean anyone should be talking so calmly about bringing either back.

I am not prejudging President-elect Trump. He may disavow the overheated language that is designed to divide us and make us look upon our Muslim neighbors in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn or Dearborn, Mich. with suspicion.

But starting today, if Americans do indeed look askance at their Muslim countrymen and women, they can start looking askance at me, too.

Sure, I know what the great Arlo Guthrie once sang in “Alice’s Restaurant” that "If one person does (something) ... they may think he's really sick." But in the same epic song, he went on to say, that if 50 people do something, "they may think it's a movement."

And that's what this is. You could merely sign the #RegisterMeFirst petition on Moveon.org. Or you can do like I did: get to a craft store (not Hobby Lobby, though!) and make yourself a yellow crescent. Maybe we can end this Trumpian madness before someone in the U.S. government starts issuing real ones.