Press Release: Civil Rights Report 2017


(New York, N.Y., 5/9/2017) --
 The Council on American-Islamic Relations of New York (CAIR-NY), announced the release of “The Empowerment of Hate” 2017 CAIR Civil Rights Report detailing a more than 50 percent nationwide increase in anti-Muslim biased incidents in 2016 over the previous year. This spike in anti-Muslim incidents was accompanied by a 44 percent increase in anti-Muslim hate crimes during the same period.

CAIR’s new report also notes that from 2014 to 2016, anti-Muslim bias incidents jumped 65 percent. [NOTE: The report focuses primarily on 2016, but also contains data on cases documented by CAIR during the 2014-2016 period.]

The report showed an even sharper increase in reports for New York State, with anti-Muslim incidents rising 560% in 2016 alone.  The report also showed that more than half of 2016 anti-Muslim hate crimes in New York took place in just the 7 and a half weeks following the Presidential election.  Hate crimes also accounted for nearly 30% of all anti-Muslim incidents, more than double the national average.

SEE: U.S. Muslim Group Reports Sharp Rise in Anti-Muslim Incidents Across U.S. in 2016 (Reuters)  

SEE: The Empowerment of Hate

Video: CAIR-NY News Conference in New York Announcing Release of ‘The Empowerment of Hate’

Video: CAIR News Conference in Washington, D.C., Announcing Release of ‘The Empowerment of Hate’

“It is time for the Trump administration to seriously address the growing anti-minority sentiment in our nation, prompted at least in part by his toxic campaign rhetoric, the appointment of Islamophobes to policy-making posts and the introduction of Islamophobic policies such as the ‘Muslim ban,’” said Corey Saylor, director of CAIR’s Department to Monitor and Combat Islamophobia, co-author of the report.

The most frequent types of incidents documented by CAIR in 2016 involved harassment, the FBI, employment issues, hate crimes, and denials of religious accommodations:

  • Harassment, a non-violent or non-threatening bias incident accounted for 18 percent of the total number of incidents.
  • Incidents during which the complainant was questioned by FBI employees or otherwise appeared to be inappropriately targeted by that agency comprised 15 percent of cases, making this the second largest category.
  • Employment issues - including denial of work, being passed over for promotion, or harassment by a supervisor or other senior staff - was the third largest category, accounting for 13 percent of the total.
  • Hate crimes placed fourth, accounting for 12 percent of the cases CAIR documented.

The most prevalent trigger of an anti-Muslim bias incidents in 2016 was the victim’s ethnicity or national origin, accounting for 35 percent of the total. Sixteen percent of incidents occurred as a result of women wearing a headscarf. Other Muslim-related activities - events such as rallies, community picnics, or a day at the state capitol visiting legislators organized primarily for Muslims - constituted an additional 11 percent.

The report data set is drawn primarily from the intakes CAIR conducts each year. With each case, civil rights and legal staff seek to ensure the highest possible level of accuracy.

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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Edit: An earlier copy of this release mistakenly noted that there was a 660% increase in anti-Muslim incidents.

Muslims are the least popular religious group in the U.S. They’re disliked even more than atheists.

Last Wednesday, the Pew Research Center released the results of a new survey showing that American attitudes toward Muslims had improved in the past few years. While respondents to a 2014 survey gave Muslims an average rating of 40 on a 100-point “feeling thermometer” — a scale measuring favorability toward different groups — that number had climbed to 48 by last month. Headlines noted the shift, which many observers found surprising given recent debates about terrorism and President Trump’s order banning immigrants from seven Muslim-majority nations.

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Police: Suspects used anti-Muslim slurs in attack on man

Posted 12:00 PM, October 9, 2016,
by Talia Tirella, Updated at 12:01pm, October 9, 2016
Originally posted on

FORDHAM MANOR, the Bronx — Police are searching for three individuals connected to an assault that occurred in the Bronx in September and involved anti-Muslim slurs.

On Sept. 15 right before midnight, the 25-year-old victim and his mother were walking and crossing the street in front of 2481 Creston Avenue in the Fordham Manor section of the Bronx.

As they crossed the street, a black Toyota Camry with two men inside passed by. One of the men allegedly shouted anti-Muslim slurs at the victim and his mother, police said.

The victim went to confront the passenger and it was then that the driver and the passenger inside the car both allegedly punched the victim in the face, according to police.

The two men then fled in an unknown direction.

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Hate Crime Charges Filed over anti-Muslim Graffitti

Originally appeared in IOhud
Matt Spillane ,
9:13 a.m. EDT October 6, 2016

Vincent Casella said too many terrorists are being allowed into the country, police said.

MOUNT VERNON - A city man has been charged with a hate crime for creating anti-Islam graffiti, police said.

Vincent Casella, 61, was arrested on Sept. 30 for defacing a light pole at the corner of Gramatan Avenue and West Grand Street in Fleetwood, Mount Vernon police said.

A police officer and another witness saw Casella use a blue marker to write the phrase "F#@$ ISLAM" on the pole, police said. Police stopped him and arrested him.

Casella told officers that he was unhappy with the way the country was headed, and that too many terrorists were being allowed in, police said.

CAIR-NY Welcomes Increased Hate Crime Charges for Attack on Brooklyn Muslim Women, Children

(NEW YORK, NY, 9/30/16) – The New York chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-NY) is welcoming increased hate crime charges against Emirjeta Xhelili for attacking two Brooklyn Muslim women pushing babies in strollers. 

Xhelili was arraigned Wednesday on a dozen charges stemming from the September 8 incident, in which she allegedly punched and kicked the Muslim women and tried to pull off their Islamic head scarves, or hijabs. The charges against Xhelili include assault in the first degree as a hate crime, which carries a sentence of up to 25 years in prison.

[NOTE: The initial charge in the case was only assault in the third degree.]

According to police, Xhelili allegedly shouted Islamophobic insults as she assaulted the victims. Xhelili reportedly shouted, "Get the f--- out of America, b-----s," as she punched one of the Muslim women in the face and kicked them both in their legs.

SEE: 2 Muslim women, babies attacked in alleged hate crime in New York

"We welcome this indictment, and we expect the Brooklyn District Attorney's Office to continue to prosecute this horrific attack vigorously," said CAIR-NY Executive Director Afaf Nasher. "In the current climate, it's essential that potential attackers know that they will be swiftly caught and prosecuted if they attempt to target any minority community."

Nasher noted a spike in anti-Muslim incidents in recent months, which the civil rights group attributes at least in part to antiIslamophobic rhetoric used by public figures.

Last month, CAIR's Oklahoma chapter welcomed the district attorney's addition of hate crime charges against Stanley Vernon Majors for allegedly fatally shooting his next door neighbor, 37-year-old Khalid Jabara, on August 12. The Jabara family reported multiple incidents of harassment, threats ,and other attacks on their ethnicity and perceived religion, including calling them "Dirty Arabs," "filthy Lebanese," "Aye-rabs," and "Moos-lems."

SEE: CAIR-OK Welcomes Hate Crime Charges in Khalid Jabara Shooting

She further noted that CAIR recently reported that 2016 is on track to be one of the worst years ever for anti-mosque incidents, with a total of 55 cases recorded as of mid-September. Last year there were a total of 79 recorded anti-mosque cases.

CAIR Report: 2016 on Track to Be One of the Worst Years for Anti-Mosque Incidents

The majority of the 2016 incidents have been violent in tone, characterized by intimidation, physical assault and property damage, destruction or vandalism.

Officials with the Islamic Center of Northland in Kansas City, Mo., recently said they discovered burns on the interior of the mosque Saturday morning when they arrived for a meeting. Kansas City police report finding two burned bottles inside the mosque site.

SEE: Arson Suspected at Northland Mosque Under Construction

In the first two weeks of September, three other mosques were targeted. The most destructive of these was in Florida, where a mosque was intentionally set ablaze and a suspect arrested.

Video: CAIR-Florida Welcomes Arrest of Suspect in Mosque Arson, Applauds Police Actions

The Washington-based Muslim civil rights group is asking Muslim community members to report any bias incidents to police and to CAIR's Civil Rights Department at 202-742-6420 or by filing a report at:

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.

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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CONTACT: CAIR-NY Executive Director Afaf Nasher, 917-669-4006,; Director of Strategic Litigation Albert Cahn, 571-766-6273,,CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-744-7726,