CAIR offers reward for information on those threatening Jewish community centers

Washington (IINA) – The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), in a statement seen by the International Islamic News Agency (IINA), offered a $5,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or individuals who threatened to bomb at least 10 Jewish Community Centres around the nation on the President’s Day holiday.

CAIR said the threats targeted community centers in Birmingham, Cleveland, Chicago, St. Paul, Tampa, Albuquerque, Houston, Milwaukee, Nashville, and Buffalo. Today’s threats were latest in a series of bomb threats targeting Jewish community centers nationwide in the last two months.

“It is the duty of American Muslims to offer support to the Jewish community and any minority group targeted in the recent spike in hate crimes nationwide,” said CAIR National Executive Director Nihad Awad. “We hope this reward will aid in the swift apprehension and prosecution of the perpetrators.”

He noted the “tremendous level of support” offered to American Muslims by the Jewish community whenever Muslims have been targeted by hate in recent months. Awad said CAIR had reported an unprecedented spike in hate rhetoric and bias-motivated incidents targeting American Muslims, Jews and other minorities since the election of President Donald Trump.

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.

On Saturday, CAIR urged state and federal law enforcement authorities to investigate an alleged call to violence against American Muslims during a meeting of hate groups in North Carolina. On Sunday, CAIR’s Alabama chapter called for stepped-up police protection for the state’s Muslim community following emailed threats received by the Birmingham Islamic Society and Huntsville Islamic Centre.

Source: International Islamic News Agency