(NEW YORK, NY, 9/02/19) — The New York chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-NY), a chapter of the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today condemned anti-Semitic and racist graffiti at the Silver Gull Beach Club in Queens, New York.
According to reports, “Heil Hitler” was scrawled in large block letters in the Club’s playground, “gas chamber” was painted on a door, and white walls were smeared with a red swastika and racial slurs targeting black people.
The United States Park Police in New York are investigating the incident as a bias crime.
CAIR-NY Litigation Director Ahmed Mohamed stated:
“Hateful graffiti of any kind targeting anyone is unacceptable and has no place in our society. Vandalizing the Beach Club with ‘gas chamber’ graffiti shows the depravity and hateful nature of this incident. All communities need to unite to push back against the hateful ideology that continues to lead to disturbingly increasing number of hate crimes targeting Jews, Muslims, African-Americans, and immigrants.”
CAIR-NY 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’s mission is to protect civil rights, enhance understanding of Islam, promote justice, and empower American Muslims.
La misión de CAIR es proteger las libertades civiles, mejorar la comprensión del Islam, promover la justicia, y empoderar a los musulmanes en los Estados Unidos.
CONTACT: CAIR-NY Litigation Director Ahmed Mohamed, email@example.com; 646-481-2103; CAIR-NY Executive Director Afaf Nasher, firstname.lastname@example.org; 917-669-4006