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(SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ, 3/3/17) - The New Jersey chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-NJ) today called on state and federal law enforcement authorities to investigate a threatening message sent to a New Jersey mosque as a possible hate crime.
CAIR-NJ reports that Masjid Al-Iman in Jersey City, N.J., received a threatening letter on Tuesday that was postmarked in Sheffield, UK. The letter stated “You and your filthy kind will be beheaded,” and featured an illustration with the words “MUSLIM SLAYER.”
This threat is similar to one received by other American mosques.
SEE: Self-proclaimed 'Muslim slayer' threatens mosque in letter
“We urge local, state and federal law enforcement authorities to treat this and all the other cases of threats and violence targeting American mosques with the seriousness they deserve and to bring the perpetrators to justice,” said CAIR New Jersey Executive Director Jim Sues. “Many faith communities, including Muslims, are increasingly alarmed by hateful acts committed by those who have been emboldened by the current political climate.”
Earlier this week CAIR called on state and federal law enforcement authorities to investigate similar threatening notes sent to mosques in Maryland and Virginia.
Video: CAIR Rep Zainab Chaudry Responds to Threats Targeting Maryland Mosques
Video: CAIR Seeks Hate Crime Probe of Threatening Letter Sent to Virginia Mosque
CAIR has noted an unprecedented spike in hate incidents targeting Muslims and other minority groups since the November 8th election.
SEE: CAIR-Kansas Seeks State, Federal Hate Crime Charges for Shooting of ‘Middle Eastern’ Men
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.
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CAIR is urging 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
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: http://www.cair.com/civil-rights/report-an-incident/view/form.html
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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Community Alert: Due to an increase in anti-Muslim hate crimes please take extra precautions. Threatening mail has been received by several Masajid in New Jersey and around the country. If you receive an envelope from overseas that resembles the one below, you are advised to handle it with gloves so as to preserve fingerprint evidence, and contact your local police, as well as the NJ OHSP by dialing 211. Once the authorities have been contacted please contact CAIR-NJ at 908-668-5900.
Serious Concerns Regarding Harm to American Muslim Civil Society from Terrorism
Media reports suggest that the Trump administration is considering designating the Muslim
Brotherhood as a terrorist organization. The undersigned coalition of organizations is deeply
concerned that such a designation could lead to the stigmatization and targeting of American
Muslim civil society, including non-profits, charities, religious organizations, and activists.
For several years, fringe anti-Muslim voices have called for the designation of the Brotherhood
as a terrorist group, and framed American Muslim civil society and leaders as suspect or
criminal through guilt by spurious association. We note that numerous scholars and national
security and foreign policy experts from across the political spectrum have voiced concern
regarding the validity of such a designation. We are particularly concerned about the effects of
such a designation on American Muslim civil society, including non-citizens, refugees, and
asylum seekers. Even without a formal designation, some have used false “six degrees of
separation” accusations about the Muslim Brotherhood as a way to smear prominent Muslims,
American Muslim civic and religious institutions, as well as a range of other people. Accusations
from government officials can have the power to destroy reputations and chill lawful activity,
including freedom of worship, association, expression, and charitable giving.
February 21, 2017
The New Jersey Interfaith Coalition comprised of 150 organizations from throughout the State strongly condemns the bomb threats yesterday that targeted Jewish Community Centers in Birmingham, Cleveland, Chicago, St. Paul, Tampa, Albuquerque, Houston, Milwaukee, Nashville, and Buffalo. We also condemn the hateful vandalism of a Jewish cemetery in Missouri.
The New Jersey Interfaith community is united with others nationwide to express our outrage at the unprecedented spike in hateful rhetoric and bias-motivated incidents targeting minorities, especially American Jews and Muslims. We stand in solidarity with the Jewish community because any hate crime targeting any faith is a hate crime against all of us.
We call upon all elected officials and community leaders to speak out against the rising tide of anti-Semitism as well as that of Islamophobia.
We stand in full support of the following statement of the Minnesota Rabbinical Association and we stand in partnership with them.
Sr. Kaity's Blog
Recently, since the election, there has been an increase in bias crimes against Muslim Americans. Before Mr. Trump became President, he voiced his opposition towards Muslim Americans through his hateful rhetoric and policy proposals. His actions have actually encouraged Islamophobes to try to eliminate, and intimidate Muslim Americans through profanity, burning down mosques, targeting them on University campuses and physically attacking them. They commit these acts because they perceive the President of the United States has given them permission to do so.
At Rutgers University- New Brunswick, the largest public university and the most diverse campus in the country, a hateful and unfortunate incident occurred where a poster in black and white stated, “ Imagine, A Muslim-Free America” with the twin towers and the American Flag in the background. This symbolizes many things. Firstly, by inserting the idea of a “Muslim-Free America” it prompts people to think about the role Muslim Americans play in the United States. However, the white supremacist group does not give any room for people to think objectively about it because they insert the twin towers into the picture to indicate that Muslims are terrorists. This is a false characterization. This is not just a poster, but an overt message to inspire hatred towards, Islam and Muslim Americans. The idea of spreading such messages on campuses like Rutgers University is an attempt to control the minds of youth by putting biased information out for them to absorb.
This cannot continue as long as we resist and stand up for each other: To stand with minority groups, refugees, immigrants and all groups affected by Trumps executive orders and words. I saw at a protest a while ago at Rutgers University a sign that stated, “We are All Muslims”. It truly was inspiring and heart touching because the person holding the poster might have not been Muslim but chose to hold the poster to indicate that we are one. Mr. Trump’s attempts at trying to divide us have resulted with us now being more united than ever.
As CAIR-NJ Executive Director James Sues stated in a press release, “The hatred and the implicit call for genocide targeting American Muslims exhibited in this poster must not be tolerated,--All Americans must be able to practice their faith and worship as they choose without fear of harassment or intimidation. The diversity of the student body at Rutgers University has long been a source of pride and inspiration, and the University administration must not allow narrow-minded bigots to tarnish its reputation and intimidate its students.”
Sr. Kaity Assaf is a Freshman at Rutgers University,The Founder of Eid in Clifton-NJ, and an Intern at CAIR-NJ