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CAIR Asks FBI to Probe Kentucky Anti-Arab Hate Vandalism
'Hate Arab,' 'Go Home' spray-painted on Arab-American's store
(WASHINGTON, D.C., 2/23/12) -- The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) today called on the FBI and local law enforcement authorities to investigate vandalism, which included spray-painted graffiti stating "Hate Arab" and "Go Home," at a Arab-American's store in Kentucky.
CAIR said the extensive vandalism at the store owned by an Iraqi immigrant in Shepherdsville, Ky., was discovered Sunday evening. "Hate Arab" was spray-painted on the floor, while "Go Home" was painted on the wall.
"The apparent bias motive for the destruction of this business should be investigated and the perpetrators must be brought to justice," said CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper.
Hooper said CAIR has contacted the FBI about this case and about a fire Wednesday that destroyed a construction site for a Muslim cemetery and funeral home in Nevada. The cause of that blaze is still under investigation.
Last month, CAIR called on law enforcement authorities to investigate a possible bias motive for vandalism targeting a mosque under construction in Virginia.
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Also last month, CAIR's Ohio office reported that a fire at a Muslim family's home in that state was determined to be arson and is being investigated as a possible hate crime.
CAIR is asking members of the Muslim community to review security procedures using advice contained in its "Muslim Community Safety Kit."
A number of recent reports have documented the growth and promotion of Islamophobia nationwide.
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.
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