WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, expressed solidarity with the Jewish community in New Mexico Thursday after a cross was burned at a Jewish family’s home.
CAIR said that family believes they were targeted because of their faith. Cross burning is a racist intimidation tactic associated with the Ku Klux Klan (KKK).
“American Muslims are in solidarity with members of the Jewish community in New Mexico and nationwide as they and all other minority communities face the challenge of rising bigotry,” CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper said. “Political and religious leaders must speak out strongly against anti-Semitism and all other forms of hate.”
He noted that earlier this week, CAIR welcomed an 18-month federal prison sentence for a man who burned a cross on a Black family’s lawn in Marion, Va.
Hooper said the American Muslim community and CAIR stand in solidarity with all those challenging anti-Black racism, xenophobia, Islamophobia, anti-Semitism, white supremacy, and all other forms of bigotry.
CAIR’s mission is to protect civil rights, enhance understanding of Islam, promote justice and empower American Muslims.