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Minneapolis, MN 4/17/2019
Earlier today, we learned about a hateful anti-Semitic Facebook post made by one of our former employees in 2008, when he was a teenager. We were not aware of this post when we hired the employee, who left our office one year ago.
As a civil rights organization dedicated to countering all forms of bigotry, we condemn these hateful and hurtful words in the strongest terms possible. We also welcome this young man's decision to publicly renounce and apologize for the bigotry he expressed in his youth.
We understand the pain that such hateful remarks cause to all people, especially the Jewish community. We stand in solidarity with our Jewish neighbors against hatred, and we move forward today even more committed to fighting anti-Semitism in all of its forms, no matter the source.
(MINNEAPOLIS, MN, 2/2/18) – The Minnesota chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-MN) today called on law enforcement authorities in that state to investigate a possible threat to a Muslim mayoral candidate in Rochester, Minn.
Candidate Regina Mustafa reported that an individual self-identified as “Militia Movement” left a comment last night stating “EXECUTE all muslims [sic] in America” on one of her Google Plus postings from June of 2017.
Mustafa told CAIR she has reported the apparent threat to the Rochester Police Department. She believes the threatening comment was prompted by news of her mayoral candidacy.
“We urge state and federal law enforcement authorities to investigate this implicit threat of violence targeting a member of a minority community seeking to take part in our nation’s political process,” said CAIR-MN Executive Director Jaylani Hussein.