CAIR thanks Alameda authorities for rapid response to Islamophobic hate incident

San Francisco (IINA) - The San Francisco Bay Area office of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-SFBA) thanked Alameda law enforcement authorities for immediately designated as a hate incident the distribution of Nazi-themed fliers threatening to kill Muslims.

CAIR-SFBA says the flyers were discovered on Sunday near the Islamic Center of Alameda, a city just east of San Francisco. We are grateful to the Alameda Police Department for responding quickly and professionally to this hate incident, said CAIR-SFBA Executive Director Zahra Billoo.

We urge public officials, including Mayor Trish Herrera Spencer, to stand with the Muslim community and its allies, making clear that bigotry has no place in our neighborhoods.

The incident comes just two weeks after a deadly neo-Nazi march in Charlottesville, Virginia, in which one member of the group was filmed crashing his vehicle into a crowd of counter-protesters, killing 32-year-old Heather Heyer.

In a report released last month, CAIR documented a 91 percent increase in Islamophobic hate incidents since last year's presidential election. In California alone, more than half of Muslim students report being bullied in school, according to a forthcoming report by CAIR California.

Source: International Islamic News Agency