May 21st, 2009 11:13 EST
Another Terrorist Attack in New York
The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) today applauded efforts by the FBI and other law enforcement agencies that apparently thwarted an alleged plot to attack Jewish institutions in New York.
Four men were arrested Wednesday for allegedly plotting to bomb a synagogue and a Jewish community center. The men also allegedly planned to shoot down military planes.
SEE: Synagogue Targeted in NY Plot, Four Charged (Reuters)
In a statement, CAIR National Executive Director Nihad Awad said:
We applaud the FBI, the New York Police Department and the other law enforcement agencies that took part in the investigation for their efforts in helping to prevent any harm to either Jewish institutions or to our nation`s military.
"We repeat the American Muslim community`s repudiation of bias-motivated crimes and of anyone who would falsely claim religious justification for violent actions. Members of the American Muslim community should remain vigilant in reporting any activities that could harm the safety and security of our nation or its citizens. "
CAIR also requested that media outlets and public officials refrain from linking this case to mainstream Islam and to challenge those who will inevitably exploit this disturbing incident to promote anti-Muslim fear and stereotypes.
Along with innumerable condemnations of other terror incidents, CAIR has in the past launched an online anti-terror petition drive called Not in the Name of Islam, " initiated a television public service announcement campaign of that same name and coordinated a fatwa, " or Islamic religious ruling, against terrorism and religious extremism.
SEE: CAIR`s Anti-Terrorism Campaigns
American Muslims are often accused of not speaking out forcefully against acts of terror committed in the name of Islam. This statement, along with the many other past anti-terror statements by mainstream Muslim groups, reaffirms the American Muslim community`s unequivocal condemnation of terrorism in all its forms.
CAIR, America`s largest Islamic civil liberties group, has 35 offices and chapters nationwide and in Canada. 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.