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CAIR-NY Urges Person Who Left 'Jesus' Painting at Mosque to Learn About Islamic Beliefs

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
 

CAIR-NY Urges Person Who Left 'Jesus' Painting at Mosque to Learn About Islamic Beliefs

(NEW YORK, N.Y., 7/9/2017) -- The New York chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-NY) today called on a person or persons who left a painting of Jesus on the cross at a mosque in that state to learn what Muslims actually believe.

CAIR-NY said the painting was found Friday on a fence of the Hillside Islamic Center in North New Hyde Park. The incident is being investigated as a possible hate crime.

SEE: Jesus Painting Left on Islamic Center Investigated as Hate Crime
http://www.nbcnewyork.com/news/local/Jesus-Painting-Left-on-Islamic-Center-Investigated-as-Hate-Crime-433432283.html

SEE: Painting of Jesus Christ on a Cross Hung From Islamic Center Fence
https://patch.com/new-york/newhydepark/painting-jesus-christ-cross-hung-islamic-center-fence

In a statement, CAIR-NY said:

"Bias may have motivated this incident, but it could serve as a teaching moment for the perpetrator and for the community if it leads to greater understanding of the love Muslims have for Jesus, peace be upon him. "The Quran, Islam's revealed text, states, 'Behold! The angels said: 'O Mary! God giveth thee glad tidings of a Word from Him. His name will be Jesus Christ, the son of Mary, held in honor in this world and the Hereafter and in (the company of) those nearest to God.' (3:45)

"Other verses in the Quran state that Jesus was strengthened with the 'Holy Spirit' (2:87) and is a 'sign for the whole world.' (21:91) His virgin birth was confirmed when Mary asked: 'How can I have a son when no man has ever touched me?' (3:47)

"In the Quran, Jesus is shown speaking from the cradle and, with God's permission, curing lepers and the blind. (5:110) God also states in the Quran: "We gave (Jesus) the Gospel (Injeel) and put compassion and mercy into the hearts of his followers." (57:27)

"The spiritual unity of the Abrahamic faiths is confirmed in the Quran when God states: 'Say ye: 'We believe in God and the revelation given to us and to Abraham, Ismail, Isaac, Jacob, and the Tribes, and that given to Moses and Jesus, and that given to (all) Prophets from their Lord. We make no distinction between any of them, and it is unto Him that we surrender ourselves.' (2:136)

"Islam's Prophet Muhammad also said: 'Both in this world and in the Hereafter, I am the nearest of all people to Jesus, the son of Mary. The prophets are paternal brothers; their mothers are different, but their religion is one.'

"The spiritual legacy of Jesus (peace be upon him) should be a unifying factor for Muslims and Christians, not a source of division or bigotry."

Since the beginning of the year, CAIR's national office has called for investigations of possible bias motives for dozens of other incidents targeting mosques in Colorado, Florida, Ohio, Iowa, Kentucky, Georgia, Arizona, Virginia, West Virginia, New Jersey, New York, Maryland, Texas, and a number of other states. By comparison, in the January-March period in 2016, CAIR recorded 19 such incidents.

SEE: CAIR-Sacramento Thanks Law Enforcement for Prompt Action on Quran Desecration Incidents

https://www.cair.com/press-center/press-releases/14429-cair-sacramento-thanks-law-enforcement-for-prompt-action-on-quran-desecration-incidents.html

CAIR is offering Muslim community leaders free copies of its booklet, "Best Practices for Mosque and Community Safety."

A hard copy of the booklet may be requested through CAIR's website at: http://www.cair.com/mosque-safety-guide.html
It may also be viewed at: http://www.cair.com/images/publications/CAIR_Mosque_Safety_Guide.pdf

CAIR-NY recently released a report showing a 560 percent increase in 2016 anti-Muslim incidents in New York compared to the previous year. The same report showed that more than half of 2016 anti-Muslim hate crimes in New York occurred in the last 7 and a half weeks of the year, following Donald Trump's election as President.

Muslim community members are urged to report any bias incidents to police and to the organization. Contact CAIR-NY by calling (646) 665-7599, or by filing a report at: http://www.cair-ny.org/incident-report/

The Washington-based civil rights organization recently launched an app to share critical "know your rights" information and simplify the process to report hate crimes and bias incidents. CAIR is urging Muslims to download the app and utilize this resource to stay informed and empowered.
For a quick download of CAIR's civil rights app, click here: http://www.cair.com/app

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 Racist Arson Attack on Home of African-American Family

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(NEW YORK, N.Y., 5/16/2017) – The New York chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-NY) today condemned an allegedly bias-motivated arson attack on the home of an African-American family in upstate New York.

On Sunday night, authorities were alerted to a fire at an African-American family’s home in Schodack, New York. Law enforcement had found a swastika and racial slurs spray-painted on the front of the garage before it was destroyed. Though the home was also damaged by the fire, it remained largely unharmed. Thankfully, no one was hurt.

SEE: Black family's garage torched, painted with racist graffiti in Schodack, police say
http://www.timesunion.com/7dayarchive/article/Schodack-police-probe-garage-fire-graffiti-as-11147194.php

SEE: Schodack Incident Investigated as Hate Crime
http://www.twcnews.com/nys/capital-region/crime/2017/05/15/schodack-incident-investigated-as-hate-crime.html

“Too often we have seen how bais-incidents affect families and destroy lives of different targeted groups while going largely unnoticed,” said Afaf Nasher, Executive Director for CAIR-NY. “We are glad that in this instance the family is safe, and that authorities are investigating this as a hate crime. This proactive approach by law enforcement is a step in the right direction for the safety of this family, and for all New Yorkers.”       

“All New York police departments must make sure that hate crimes are investigated and punished to the full extent of the law,” said Albert Cahn, Legal Director for CAIR-NY. “We must do more as a state to secure that long-unfilled promise that no New Yorker should ever face violence because of their race or faith.”

CAIR-NY called on the Erie County Sheriff's Office Fire Investigation Unit last week to step-up its investigation of a “suspicious” fire that damaged a building owned by the Lackawanna Islamic Mosque of Lackawanna, N.Y., injuring seven.

SEE: CAIR-NY Urges Stepped-Up Probe of 'Suspicious' Fire at Mosque-Owned Building Housing New Immigrants
http://www.cair-ny.org/news/2017/5/11/cair-ny-urges-stepped-up-probe-of-suspicious-fire-at-mosque-owned-building-housing-new-immigrants

Earlier this week, CAIR condemned recent racist incidents in Idaho and Virginia as part of the “rising tide of bigotry in our nation.”

SEE: CAIR Condemns Racist Incidents in Idaho, Virginia as Part of ‘Rising Tide of Bigotry’
https://www.cair.com/press-center/14330-cair-condemns-racist-incidents-in-idaho-virginia-as-part-of-rising-tide-of-bigotry.html

In CAIR’s recently released 2017 Civil Rights Report, “The Empowerment of Hate,” the civil rights group noted a nationwide spike in anti-Muslim hate crimes, which rose more than 580 percent from 2014-2016. Additionally, attacks on Muslim-owned property, including vandalism and arson, increased nearly eight-fold from 2014-2016. The situation is even more extreme in New York State, where anti-Muslim hate incidents increased more than 560 percent in just 2016.

SEE: CAIR Civil Rights Report 2017
http://www.cair-ny.org/news/2017/5/10/press-release-civil-rights-report-2017
SEE: “The Empowerment of Hate” Civil Rights Report
http://islamophobia.org/15-reports/188-the-empowerment-of-hate.html
Video: Press Conference: CAIR-NY Civil Rights Report 2017
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wlhYaJhGyi8

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.  
 

Press Release: Civil Rights Report 2017

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

(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)
http://www.newsweek.com/trump-donald-trump-islamophobia-islam-605680  

SEE: The Empowerment of Hate
http://islamophobia.org/15-reports/188-the-empowerment-of-hate.html

Video: CAIR-NY News Conference in New York Announcing Release of ‘The Empowerment of Hate’
https://www.facebook.com/CAIRNewYork/videos/1303444306418253/

Video: CAIR News Conference in Washington, D.C., Announcing Release of ‘The Empowerment of Hate’
https://www.facebook.com/CAIRNational/videos/10154768954452695/

“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.

CAIR-NY Condemns Racially and Religiously Motivated Attack on Sikh Man in the Bronx 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

(NEW YORK, NY, 4/18/17) -- The New York chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-NY), a leading Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today condemned the attack on a Sikh man in the Bronx as a suspected hate crime.

According to police, Harkirat Singh, a 25-year-old Sikh man and yellow cab driver, was attacked by one of his passengers during a trip from Madison Square Garden to the Bronx. The passengers reportedly called Singh “Ali Baba” (a deragatory term referncing Arab and South Asian individuals), swore at him, refused to pay the cab fare, and attempted to break the cab meter and partition. While fleeing the police, the assailant ripped Singh's turban from his head. The NYPD are investigating the assault as a possible hate crime.
SEE: NYC Sikh Taxi Driver Assaulted, Turban Ripped Off Head
http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/queens/nyc-sikh-taxi-driver-assaulted-turban-ripped-head-article-1.3066567  

"As brothers and sisters facing increased racially and religiously motivated attacks, this reprehensible attack against Mr. Singh resonates strongly with our community," said CAIR-NY Executive Director Afaf Nasher. "CAIR-NY extends its empathy and support to Mr. Singh and the Sikh community."

“No New Yorker should ever face violence because of his or her faith,” said CAIR-NY Legal Director Albert Cahn. “We are a city united by our diversity. Any attack motivated by religious bigotry is an attack on all New Yorkers and the values we hold dear.”

Recently, several anti-Sikh attacks received national attention. Earlier this year, in Kent Washington, a Sikh man was accosted by another man in his driveway, told to “go back to his country”, and was shot in the arm. Local authorities are looking into the attack as a possible hate crime.
SEE: Sikh Man's Shooting in Washington Investigated As Hate Crime
http://www.cnn.com/2017/03/05/us/washington-sikh-shooting/

There has been an unprecedented spike in hate rhetoric and bias-motivated incidents targeting Sikhs, American Muslims and other minorities since the election of President Trump.

Earlier this month, the NYPD noted that there has been a 100 percent increase in hate crimes. CAIR-NY believes that even this figure is a gross underestimation due to under-reporting.
SEE: NYPD Notes a 100 Percent Increase in Hate Crimes
http://www.cair-ny.org/news/2017/4/4/0es46o6xrt0xam7z9m01oz5316okpw

CAIR 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.

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 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.

EXCLUSIVE: Sikh taxi driver assaulted, turban stolen by drunken passenger in the Bronx

A drunken passenger roughed up a Sikh cabbie and snatched the turban off his head in an assault the NYPD is investigating as a possible hate crime.

Harkirat Singh, 25, said the theft of his religious garb was the culmination of a scary encounter early Sunday with a belligerent boozehound and his three buddies that has made him too scared to drive another night shift.

Read more:

NYPD Notes a 100 Percent Increase in Hate Crimes

In a recent press conference, mayor Bill De Blasio and Police Commissioner James O’Neil relayed statistics on crime relative to last year. While general crime has seen an overall decrease, the uptick in hate crimes has been dramatic. In just a three-month period, the city has already seen 144 incidents, up from 72 at this point last year- a 100% increase.

Jewish and African-Americans have been the primary targets of these incidents, many of which are non-violent such as pro-Nazi graffitiing across the five boroughs.

While CAIR-NY is appalled by this revelation, we remain mindful of the fact that underreporting is a serious problem in various ethnic and religious communities. We urge all victims of hate crimes to immediate alert law enforcement so that they can swiftly find perpetrators and gather more accurate data.

CAIR-NY also supports additional funding for enhanced detection of and investigation into alleged hate crimes given the growing number of hate crimes in New York.

CAIR-NY Welcomes Arrest in Islamophobic, Pro-Trump Attack at JFK Airport

For Immediate Release

(NEW YORK, NY, 1/27/17) – The New York chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-NY), a leading New York advocacy group for Muslim civil rights, today welcomed an arrest in the apparent Islamophobic hate attack on a Muslim airline employee at JFK Airport.

According to police, Robin A. Rhodes, 57, of Worchester, Mass., attacked a female Muslim employee in her office at the Delta Sky Lounge. The victim wears and Islamic head scarf, or hijab, in observance of her faith.

According to police, Rhodes first asked the victim “Are you [expletive deleted] sleeping? Are you praying? What are you doing?”  Next, Rhodes threatened to kick the victim in the “[expletive deleted] ass,” and kicked the victim in the leg.  Rhodes next stepped into the victim’s office, blocking the door.  When the victim was able to escape, Rhodes followed her, shouting: “[Expletive deleted] Islam, [Expletive deleted] ISIS, Trump is here now. He will get rid of all of you. You can ask Germany, Belgium and France about these kind of people. You will see what happens.”

SEE: 'ISIS, Trump is here now' Mass. man yells while attacking Muslim airline employee: Queens DA
http://www.metro.us/new-york/hate-crime-at-jfk-mass-man-allegedly-assaults-muslim-delta-employee/zsJqaA---pNQWZ10ReeOlU/

Trump fan charged with hate crimes over JFK Muslim attack
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-38767871

“No election or president gives bigots the right to attack Americans going about their daily business and observing their faith,” said Afaf Nasher, executive director of CAIR-NY. “New York’s airports are a gateway to travelers from around the world.  They should showcase our diversity and religious freedom, not bigotry and hate.”

“We’re grateful to our law enforcement partners for their quick response to this disturbing attack,” said CAIR-NY Director of Strategic Litigation Albert Cahn. “For every one hatemonger, we know that there are thousands of New Yorkers who stand in support of their Muslim neighbors”

The attack came at the same time that thousands of New Yorkers gathered in Washington Square Park to support Muslim and undocumented New Yorkers.  The peaceful rally, which drew more than 3,000 demonstrators to Washington Square Park, opposed the very type of violence that unfolded just a few miles away at JFK.

SEE: Thousands Join CAIR-NY Rally Against Trump's Expected ‘Muslim Ban’ Executive Orders
http://www.cair-ny.org/news/2017/1/26/thousands-join-cair-ny-rally-against-trumps-expected-muslim-ban-executive-orders

This arrest was just the latest in a string of violent hate crimes in the New York region.  Earlier this week, CAIR-NY welcomed the arrest of Andrew M. Plachecki for violently attacking a New Paltz, NY, Cab driver.  Plachecki, who works as a corrections officer in Rockland county, NY, was charged with multiple felony hate crimes after allegedly holding a gun to the head of a Muslim cab driver and calling him a “motherf---ing piece of Muslim sh-t.”

See: New Paltz hate crime suspect is corrections officer in Rockland County
http://www.cair-ny.org/news/2017/1/23/cair-ny-welcomes-arrest-in-islamophobic-hate-attack-on-new-york-cab-driver

SEE: CAIR-NY Welcomes Arrest in Islamophobic Hate Attack on New York Cab Driver
http://www.cair-ny.org/news/2017/1/23/cair-ny-welcomes-arrest-in-islamophobic-hate-attack-on-new-york-cab-driver

That same day, CAIR-NY welcomed an arrest in a hate attack on a Brooklyn priest.  As a civil rights organization, CAIR-NY is committed to speaking out whenever any New Yorkers are targeted on the basis of their faith.  In that matter, the alleged perpetrator shouted racial slurs, spat on the victim, and brandished a baseball bat.

SEE: CAIR-NY Welcomes Arrest in Hate Attack on Brooklyn Priest
http://www.cair-ny.org/news/2017/1/23/new-york-chapter-of-cair-condemns-racial-hate-attack-against-nigerian-priest-in-brooklyn

Similarly, CAIR-NY condemned a bomb threat last week against a Syracuse Jewish Community Center.  The threat, which was made by telephone, forced the center to evacuate its facility and conduct a sweep with bomb-sniffing dogs.

SEE: CAIR-NY Condemns Bomb Threats Against Syracuse, NY Jewish Community
http://www.cair-ny.org/news/2017/1/19/cair-ny-condemns-bomb-threats-against-syracuse-ny-jewish-community
 
Additionally, 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.”
  
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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CONTACT: CAIR-NY Executive Director Afaf Nasher, 917-669-4006, anasher@cair.com; Director of Strategic Litigation Albert Cahn, 571-766-6273, acahn@cair.com

 

 

CAIR-NY Welcomes Arrest in Islamophobic Hate Attack on New York Cab Driver

(NEW YORK, NY, 1/23/17) - The New York chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-NY) today welcomed an arrest for the allegedly Islamophobic hate attack on a New Paltz, New York cab driver.

According to police, the alleged perpetrator held a gun to the driver’s head and called him a “motherf---ing piece of Muslim sh-t.” Andrew M. Placheck, faces multiple felony hate crime charges for the Sunday Morning attack, including menacing, displaying a weapon, and reckless endangerment.

SEE: Suspect in New Paltz hate crime case was drunk and used vulgarities in reference to Islam, police say
http://www.dailyfreeman.com/general-news/20170123/suspect-in-new-paltz-hate-crime-case-was-drunk-and-used-vulgarities-in-reference-to-islam-police-say


“We’re grateful to our law enforcement partners for their quick response to this disturbing attack,” said CAIR-NY Director of Strategic Litigation Albert Cahn. “This is no place for this sort of violence and hatred in New York State.”

Earlier today, CAIR-NY welcomed news of an arrest in a hate attack on a Brooklyn priest.  In that matter, the alleged perpetrator shouted racial slurs, spat on the victim, and brandished a baseball bat.

SEE: CAIR-NY Welcomes Arrest in Hate Attack on Brooklyn Priest
http://www.cair-ny.org/news/2017/1/23/new-york-chapter-of-cair-condemns-racial-hate-attack-against-nigerian-priest-in-brooklyn

Last week, CAIR-NY condemned a bomb threat against a Syracuse Jewish Community Center.  The threat, which was made by telephone, forced the center to evacuate its facility and conduct a full k-9 sweep.

SEE: CAIR-NY Condemns Bomb Threats Against Syracuse, NY Jewish Community
http://www.cair-ny.org/news/2017/1/19/cair-ny-condemns-bomb-threats-against-syracuse-ny-jewish-community
 
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
http://www.cair.com/press-center/press-releases/13973-cair-expresses-solidarity-with-montana-jewish-community-as-neo-nazi-plans-armed-anti-semitic-march.html
 
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 Assyrian Church
http://www.cair.com/press-center/press-releases/13933-cair-la-expresses-solidarity-with-christian-community-after-hate-vandalism-of-assyrian-church.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.
 
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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CONTACT: CAIR-NY Executive Director Afaf Nasher, 917-669-4006, anasher@cair.com; Director of Strategic Litigation Albert Cahn, 571-766-6273, acahn@cair.com

 

CAIR-NY Welcomes Arrest in Hate Attack on Brooklyn Priest

(NEW YORK, NY, 1/23/17) - The New York chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-NY) today welcomed an arrest for the allegedly racially-motivated hate attack on Rev. Uriroghene Okrokoto, a Brooklyn-based priest who recently immigrated to New York from Nigeria.

According to police, the alleged perpetrator shouted racial slurs, spat on the victim and brandished a baseball bat. Joseph Mattarelliano, who faces charges of weapons possession and menacing as a hate crime for the January 13th attack, surrendered to police on Friday.

SEE: Nigerian Catholic priest attacked in racial-hate attack: cops
http://nypost.com/2017/01/22/nigerian-catholic-priest-attacked-in-racial-hate-attack-cops/

“We stand in solidarity with all people who are targeted for their race or religion, or because of any other form of bigotry,” said CAIR-NY Executive Director Afaf Nasher. “People of all faiths must come together in the face of this ignorance and hate.”

Last week, CAIR-NY condemned a bomb threat against a Syracuse Jewish Community Center.  The threat, which was made by telephone, forced the center to evacuate its facility and conduct a full k-9 sweep.

SEE: CAIR-NY Condemns Bomb Threats Against Syracuse, NY Jewish Community
http://www.cair-ny.org/news/2017/1/19/cair-ny-condemns-bomb-threats-against-syracuse-ny-jewish-community

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
http://www.cair.com/press-center/press-releases/13973-cair-expresses-solidarity-with-montana-jewish-community-as-neo-nazi-plans-armed-anti-semitic-march.html

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 Assyrian Church
http://www.cair.com/press-center/press-releases/13933-cair-la-expresses-solidarity-with-christian-community-after-hate-vandalism-of-assyrian-church.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.

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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CONTACT: CAIR-NY Executive Director Afaf Nasher, 917-669-4006, anasher@cair.com; Director of Strategic Litigation Albert Cahn, 571-766-6273, acahn@cair.com

 

 

Large Swastikas and 'make America white again' are seen scrawled on sidewalks and college bathrooms in Long Island

  • Racist graffiti has been found in several Long Island towns since December
  • Sidewalks were targeted in  multi-cultural areas
  • More swastikas were found in bathrooms at Nassau Community College
  • Police are investigating and say the graffiti amounts to a hate crime  

By Sarah Dean For Mailonline

Published: 10:04 EST, 19 December 2016 | Updated: 10:25 EST, 19 December 2016

A red swastika and the slogan 'Make America White Again' have been spray painted on sidewalks in Long Island, sparking a police investigation.

Locals have reported seeing the racist graffiti since the beginning of December in several towns, the Nassau County Police Department said.

In Washington Avenue, Mineola, the graffiti was discovered sprawled outside someone's home on November 30.

A red swastika and the racist slogan 'make America white again' have been spray painted on sidewalks in what police say amounts to a hate crime

Nassau County Police Department Lieutenant Richard Lebrun told the Mineloa American that the message was a hate crime.

Police also wrote graffiti with 'other disparaging and derogatory remarks against African Americans and those of Middle Eastern decent,' Lebrun said.

More swastikas have also been found in bathrooms at Nassau Community College.

One student shared a photo of a black swastika with the caption 'NCC BATHROOM. Shame on you'.

The college quickly responded and asked for the location of the graffiti so it could be removed.

One student shared a photo of a black swastika inside a Nassau Community College bathroom with the caption 'Shame on you'

Democratic Congresswoman Kathleen Rice, who grew up on Long Island, said in a statement: 'To the person who spray-painted swastikas and "Make America White Again" on a sidewalk in Mineola: You are not clever, you are not tough.

‘You are a coward. If you have something you want to say, then come forward, turn yourself into the police, and show your family, your friends, and your neighbors who you are.

'I won’t hold my breath waiting for President-Elect Trump to condemn people using his campaign slogan to intimidate people of color.

'It’s up to every one of us to call out this kind of language and behavior wherever we encounter it, and it’s up to every one of us to show that we are grateful to live in such a diverse district, state and country.'

Homeless man throws coffee at Muslim woman, calls her 'terrorist' in Manhattan Dunkin’ Donuts

A rampaging homeless man chucked hot coffee at a Muslim woman, hit her and accused her of being a “terrorist” in a Midtown Dunkin Donuts Sunday, according to police sources and the store’s employees.

Nathan Gray, 34, told the 21-year-old victim he “hated Muslims” and that he was going to kill her, cops said Sunday. He’s been charged with assault as a hate crime, cops said.

Gray walked into the W. 35th. St. shop near Seventh Ave. at about 2:45 p.m. and asked for a cup of coffee, said one employee, who wouldn’t provide her name.

“I gave him coffee and he said something to me about terrorists, but I couldn't hear what he was saying. He walked away from me and sat next to a group of Muslim women,” the store employee said. “He started talking to them and I could hear him saying, 'Terrorists!'”

The women sat and ate, trying to ignore him, but he continued shouting, the employee said.

“One woman called him ‘stupid.’ So he threw his hot coffee in her face,” the employee said. “It was hot, hot coffee. She could have been burned! Then he swung his bag at her and it hit her in the face.”

The woman ran outside, and Gray put her in a headlock, cops said.

A 911 call brought police to the scene, and cops arrested Gray.

The victim refused medical attention, cops said. 

Subway hate crime statistics to be sent to MTA

The MTA will now receive monthly updates on hate crimes reported in its facilities — a response to the citywide uptick in the crimes documented since the election of Donald Trump.

Hate crime stats will be packaged in the police department’s crime briefing, which currently includes data on incidents like murders, rapes and assaults that have occurred in the MTA’s subway and bus networks.

The briefing is presented to the New York City Transit and Bus Committee each month.

The addition comes upon request from MTA Vice Chairman Fernando Ferrer, as well as several board members, on Monday.

Mayor Bill de Blasio and Police Commissioner James O’Neill last week announced a 35-percent increase in hate crimes between the election, on Nov. 8, and Dec. 5, throughout the city. During that time there were 43 hate crimes documented. Some involved swastikas scrawled on sidewalks, park property and subway cars.

“If there is a material increase in those incidents, would it not be wise to report them as we do with every other?” Ferrer asked Vincent Coogan, assistant chief with the NYPD Transit Bureau, at Monday’s committee meeting.

Coogan said that his department can add reports on hate crimes to its briefings without much difficulty. The department already compiles the information internally.

“Yes, I’ll have that for you,” Coogan said. “We have a unit that’s dedicated just to investigate those crimes. … We take it very seriously. We always have.”

Board member Andrew Albert welcomed the inclusion of the stats. As did board memeber John Samuelsen, the president of TWU Local 100, the labor union representing MTA employees.

Last week, a Muslim MTA worker wearing her uniform and hajib was called a “terrorist” and pushed down a flight of stairs at Grand Central Terminal.

“There seems to have been an uptick,” said Albert. “And as much as we’re tracking other specific types of crimes, we should be tracking hate crimes.”

The best way to stop normalizing hate crimes is to talk more about the people who act as allies

The aftermath of the US presidential election has drawn fresh attention to bigotry and threats against marginalized communities across the country. At the University of Michigan, where I teach, a man threatened a female student wearing a hijab, saying he would set her on fire if she did not take it off. A black baby doll was found hanging in an elevator at Canisius College in New York. Children at Royal Oak Middle School in Michigan chanted, “Build a wall” in the cafeteria. Across the window of a Philadelphia building, someone wrote, “Sieg Heil 2016” and “Trump,” swapping a swastika for the T in Trump.

Donald Trump’s critics argue that his campaign rhetoric and key appointments lend tacit approval to such actions. Stephen Bannon, Trump’s pick for chief strategist, is known to have white nationalist views; Jeff Sessions, his pick for attorney general, was rejected for federal judgeship by a Republican congress because of his racist comments. And Kris Kobach, Trump’s immigration adviser, has demanded a Muslim registry.

This hostile climate has prompted social justice advocates to warn of the dangers of normalizing attitudes driving racism, xenophobia, homophobia and misogyny, making it the stuff of the everyday. It’s a reasonable concern: Psychological research shows that social norms are troublingly easy to shift. And one of the most important ways that Americans can resist becoming desensitized to bigotry lies in the kinds of media that we create, share and consume.

Social norms are easily influenced

To understand how easy it is to shift social norms, just think back to your middle school days. If children see popular students inviting only their close friends to their birthday party, they will do the same. However, if they see the popular students being inclusive and inviting the whole class, they will follow this norm.

Social psychologists Chris Crandall and Mark White recently conducted a survey in their research lab at the University of Kansas, comparing pre- and post-election social norms. They asked 200 Hillary Clinton and 200 Trump supporters about their feelings towards Muslims, immigrants, fat people and people with disabilities (groups that Trump had disparaged during his campaign). One set of questions concerned how acceptable they found discriminatory speech towards these groups. In both groups, the study found that discriminatory speech was considered more acceptable after the election versus earlier. Our standards for behavior can change very quickly.

The media’s role in changing social norms

The media also plays a big role in changing social norms. When Trump made his comments against Mexicans, Muslims, and women, these comments were broadcast widely in traditional and social media. So although just one person (Trump) had said hateful things about these groups, repetition amplified the effect of his comments.

Now the media is also devoting ample coverage to hate crimes. The New York Times has even launched a new section, “This Week in Hate,” to cover fresh incidents of hate crimes and harassment each week.

If everyone seems to be harassing women who wear hijabs or scrawling swastikas across buildings, we may soon become numb to these events." 

The media is right to cover hate crimes, which are inherently newsworthy. But at the same time, the wide dissemination of information about these hate crimes risks shifting social norms. If everyone seems to be harassing women who wear hijabs or scrawling swastikas across buildings, we may soon become numb to these events, while those who hold prejudices may start to think of their biases as socially approved.

Unfortunately, we are not disseminating an equal amount of information about incidents in which hate crimes were stopped, or when people act as allies to the vulnerable. For example, after a student at Baylor University was shoved off the sidewalk and called the n-word by a passing stranger, CNN reported that hundreds of Baylor University students walked with her when she left class to ensure she was safe. Similarly, the Miami New Times reported that a customer in a Starbucks intervened to protect a Latina barista from a man yelling at her, “I voted for Trump! Trump! You lost, now give me my money back.” And after the hijab incident at the University of Michigan, Muslim students held a prayer meeting in a public space on campus, and other students surrounded those praying in order to protect them. These responses to bigotry received some coverage, but they did not seem to gain the same amount of traction in traditional media or social media as the inciting incidents.

Why don’t proactive responses to hate crimes get as much attention as the hate crimes themselves? One theory suggested by my research is that humans tend to devote more attention to actions than preventions of actions.

For instance, in the signs below, the signs on the right have great action imagery—the horse and the rock seem to be moving. My research shows that these signs spark faster and more in-depth attention than the static signs on the left.

Similarly, reading about an action will instigate more mental imagery than reading about a non-action. This means it’s likely to get more reader attention, and hence be more likely to spread on traditional and social media.

This phenomenon is unfortunate. If we hear frequently about crimes that occur and much less about the crimes that are stopped, the former will become more normal, and therefore more acceptable.

To prevent this future, we need to spend more time now talking about how to stop hate crimes, and spreading the word about successful efforts to ensure that all people feel safe. Increased media attention on successful battles against hate crimes will reduce the likelihood that those who hold prejudices will feel they have social license to act on their feelings. They will no longer be predominantly greeted by news that suggests hate crimes are commonplace, and therefore permissible. Instead, we can normalize pushing back against prejudice and standing up for one another. If we want common human decency to be the standard for all Americans, we need to share stories that make it seem routine.

NYPD Releases Sketch Of Man Who Attacked Muslim MTA Worker

Police have released a sketch of the man who followed a hijab-wearing Muslim MTA worker off a subway train into Grand Central and pushed her down a flight of stairs on Monday. Officers describe the attacker as 25-35 years old, 5-foot-9 to 6 feet tall, and 150-180 pounds. He was last seen wearing a dark jacket and a black knit beanie.

Soha Salama, 45, was on the 7 train, headed to work as a station agent at around 6:20 a.m. Monday when police say the man approached, called her a terrorist, and told her "go back to your country." Salama disembarked at Grand Central Terminal and the man followed her, continuing to berate her with Islamophobic remarks, police said. When she reached a set of stairs, he pushed her, causing her to bash her right knee and twist her right ankle, according to the NYPD.

Salama told the New York Post she has lived in New York City for 20 years and never experienced such abuse. "I think this hate is raised after the election," she said, blaming President-elect Donald "There's something going on" Trump for fomenting anti-Muslim sentiment. "He leads people in the wrong direction."

Despite being surrounded by people throughout the ordeal, no one intervened, and Salama had to track down police officers herself, she said. The cops helped her into the station where she works, and summoned paramedics who transported her to NYU Langone Hospital.

Police told the New York Times that there has been a 35 percent increase in reported hate crimes so far this year, compared to the same period last year, and that there have been 43 possible hate crimes since Election Day, double the number reported during the same stretch of 2015.

Because this sort of thing should not be allowed to become routine, here is a photo of a marketed swastika with the message "PRAISE TRUMP" that a tipster sent yesterday, one of several such small graffitos that readers have flagged around the city in the last week or so, since they stopped garnering widespread press coverage. The message was spotted at the corner of 51st Street and Ninth Avenue in Hell's Kitchen.

Islamophobic graffiti scrawled in subway station near Kensington

Hate has gone underground.

A vandal scrawled “F--- Allah” on a bench inside the Fort Hamilton Parkway F and G station on the border between Windsor Terrace and Kensington sometime before Monday, shocking local leaders who say it is the first Islamophobic graffiti they’d seen in the area in more than a year and that they blame Donald Trump’s victory for emboldening bigots to once again blight the area with their hate.

“We didn’t have any problems and now with the election a lot of people are taking advantage,” said Mamnunul Haq, a leader in the area’s large Bangladeshi Muslim community and member of Community Board 12. “It was gone for a while, but for this to happen today is really shocking.”

Louts attacked Kensington with both anti-Muslim and anti-Semitic graffiti for several years beginning in 2013, according to Haq — especially along Ocean Parkway, where mailboxes and storefronts could frequently be found debased with swastikas and messages defaming Allah.

But local politicians and officers of the 66th Precinct made a concerted effort to stamp out the rash of racist vandalism, and Haq said he hadn’t heard of any offensive scribbles since 2015 — until Monday.

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority was not aware of the vandalism until contacted by the paper, and the agency dispatched a cleanup crew in response, according to an agency spokesman.

Councilman Brad Lander (D–Kensington) says he has contacted police to investigate the subway vandalism and vowed to hold a community gathering to discuss the issue.

It is just the latest in a series of hate-filled outbursts in Brooklyn since the election of Trump — who during his campaign said that he would ban all Muslims from entering the U.S. and make all practitioners of Islam register with a national database — he noted.

“Unfortunat­ely, we’ve seen a welling up of hatred and Islamophobia in the weeks since the Trump election,” he said. “What you have to do is get it very quickly investigated, painted over, and see that the community comes out together against hate in support of our Muslim neighbors.”

Amongst other incidents, someone drew swastikas and “Go Trump!” in a Brooklyn Heights playground, another wrote “Trump!” on the door of the Muslim prayer room at the New York University Tandon School of Engineering Downtown, and a Trump supporter punched a woman in the face after a political argument in a Boerum Hill bistro.

A spokesman at the NYPD Deputy Commissioner of Public Information’s office said it did not have a report on the incident as of Monday afternoon.

NYPD arrests man accused of harassing Muslim police officer

NEW YORK -- The New York Police Department has arrested a man they say harassed and threatened an off-duty Muslim police officer because of her faith.

The NYPD said Monday that 36-year-old Christopher Nelson has been arrested on charges of menacing as a hate crime and aggravated harassment.

Authorities say the officer, who was wearing a Muslim head covering, encountered a man yelling while pushing her 16-year-old son on Saturday evening in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn.  When the off-duty, unarmed officer tried to intervene, police said the suspect said to her, “ISIS [expletive], I will cut your throat, go back to your country,” reports CBS New York.

City officials hailed Officer Aml Elsokary as a hero in 2014, after she ran into a burning building to save a baby.

“I was sick to my stomach when I heard that one of our officers was subjected to threats and taunting simply because of her faith,” New York City mayor Bill DeBlasio said at Monday. “We can’t allow this.”

There was no immediate information on an attorney who could comment on the defendant’s behalf.

It was the second such incident in New York City in one week -- on Thursday, a young woman wearing a Muslim head covering was harassed while riding the subway. Hate crimes are on the rise across the country, according to the Southern Poverty Law Center.

CAIR-NY Condemns Hate Attack on Muslim Woman Transit Passenger by Men Shouting ‘Donald Trump’

BREAKING NEWS:

CAIR-NY Condemns Hate Attack on Muslim Woman Transit Passenger by Men Shouting ‘Donald Trump’
 
(NEW YORK, NY, 12/2/16) - The New York chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-NY) today condemned an alleged attack on a Muslim woman transit passenger who reportedly shouted President-elect Donald Trump’s name and Islamophobic slurs during the assault.
 
The NYPD Hate Crimes Task Force is investigating the alleged attack on the 18-year-old Muslim woman by three men as she was riding in the New York City subway on Thursday evening. Police say the attackers tried to remove her hijab, called her a terrorist, shouted Trump’s name and told her to get out of the country. The attacker allegedly shouted: "Donald Trump! Donald Trump!" "You f******* terrorist! Get out of this country! You don't belong here!" and "Get that f****** thing off [hijab] your head!"
 
SEE: Men Attack Muslim Woman, Shout ‘Donald Trump’ on 6 Train, NYPD Says
http://www.amny.com/news/men-attack-muslim-woman-shout-donald-trump-on-6-train-nypd-says-1.12699740
3 Men Try to Remove Muslim Teen's Hijab in NYC Metro
http://www.dailysabah.com/islamophobia/2016/12/02/3-men-try-to-remove-muslim-teens-hijab-in-nyc-metro
Police: Drunk Men Call Muslim Woman 'Terrorist,' Yell 'Donald Trump' in Subway
http://abc7ny.com/news/cops-drunk-men-call-muslim-woman-terrorist-yell-trump-in-subway/1636586/
 
“American Muslims, and particularly men and women who wear religious attire, are being increasingly targeted by hate nationwide in the wake of the November 8 election,” said CAIR-NY Executive Director Afaf Nasher. “Our elected leaders and local law enforcement authorities must continue to take strong action to protect Muslims and other minority groups in a period of growing Islamophobia and political division.”
 
Nasher noted that CAIR-NY recently condemned an apparently bias-motivated attack on Muslim teenagers in Queens.
 
SEE: CAIR-NY Condemns Hate Attack on Muslim Teens
http://www.cair.com/press-center/press-releases/13908-breaking-cair-ny-condemns-hate-attack-on-muslim-teens.html
 
She added that earlier this month, CAIR-NY called on New York City to take a leadership role in defending Muslim civil rights in the wake of Donald Trump’s election as president of the United States.
 
SEE: CAIR-NY Responds to Protests, Calls on City to Take the Lead in Defending Muslims' Civil Rights in Wake of Trump Election
http://www.cair.com/press-center/press-releases/13879-cair-ny-calls-on-city-to-take-the-lead-in-defending-muslims-civil-rights-in-wake-of-trump-election.html
 
CAIR’s national office has noted a spike in incidents targeting American Muslims and other minority groups since the November 8 presidential election. More than 100 anti-Muslim incidents have occurred across the country according to CAIR and almost 1000 incidents targeting different minority groups have been documented by the Southern Poverty Law Center.
 
The Washington-based Muslim civil rights organization recently said that newly-released FBI hate crime statistics showing a 67 percent jump in anti-Muslim incidents in 2015 should push the nation’s leaders to repudiate growing Islamophobia.
 
SEE: CAIR Says FBI Report of Sharp Jump in Anti-Muslim Hate Crimes Should Push Nation’s Leaders to Reject Islamophobia
http://www.cair.com/press-center/press-releases/13890-cair-says-fbi-report-of-sharp-jump-in-anti-muslim-hate-crimes-should-push-nation-s-leaders-to-reject-islamophobia.html
 
The Muslim civil rights group is asking Muslim community members to report any bias incidents to police and to CAIR's Civil Rights Department 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 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, anasher@cair.com; Director of Strategic Litigation Albert Cahn, 571-766-6273, acahn@cair.com, CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-744-7726, ihooper@cair.com

Muslim group sent out post-election polling robocalls asking religious affiliation, prompting fears of Muslim surveillance

Robocalls administered by a Muslim group asking Muslim-Americans about their religious affiliation caused alarm among recipients fearful of a surveillance program under a Trump administration.

The ominous calls went out earlier this week and were administered by Emerge USA, a nonprofit advocacy group for Muslims, South Asian and Arab Americans who outsourced a company to conduct post-election polling, one of the call’s recipients told the Daily News after confirming it with his mosque leader.

Emerge USA reportedly did not give public notice about the robocalls and the calls did not identify which group administered them.

“If they had said, ‘Hey, this is where it’s coming [from],’ it would have saved us being concerned about it,” a 27-year-old Muslim-American from the Philadelphia area who didn’t want to be identified by name told the Daily News.

“There’s just a lot of talk about surveillance of Muslims within workplaces and surveillance of mosques,” he said, after saying Tuesday that he personally knew 5 or 6 fellow Muslim-Americans in the Philadelphia area who received the calls. Donald Trump has proposed the surveillance of Muslim-Americans as a way of combating homegrown terrorism, a policy civil liberties advocates blasted as a violation of their constitutional rights.

Concerned Muslim-Americans posted to social media about the bizarre calls, which asked them to press “yes” if they were Muslim and “no” if they were not. Some recipients said the call would abruptly hang up no matter their response to the question.

CAIR has received reports of American Muslims receiving robocalls asking if they "identify" as Muslim. No other questions are asked.

  (VIA FACEBOOK)

Emerge USA did not immediately respond to a request for comment. The advocacy group has chapters in Florida, Virginia, Pennsylvania, Michigan and Texas but it’s unclear whether the calls were sent out in all of these locations.

The calls were sent out amid numerous reports of anti-Muslim hate crimes following Election Day.

According to the Southern Poverty Law Center’s tracking, more than 700 hate crimes have been reported since Trump’s stunning election win, roughly 50 of which have been anti-Muslim.

“I think given that environment, it made us worry,” the call recipient said.

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 PIX11.com

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 , mspillane@lohud.com
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.