(OKLAHOMA CITY, OK, 1/22/2024) – The Oklahoma chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-OK) today condemned the distribution of racist, antisemitic flyers in an Oklahoma City neighborhood and called for the community to remain vigilant in a time of rising hatred and bigotry. These items were reported to the CAIR-OK office as having been distributed in the Nichols Hills area over the weekend.
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“We are disgusted by this attempt to attack our Jewish neighbors and spread fear, mistrust, and division amongst our beloved Oklahoma City community,” said CAIR-OK Executive Director Adam Soltani. “We refuse to allow our Jewish friends to become targets for hatred, and we call on all Oklahomans to reject these bigoted messages and stand strong against hate.”
“Having been the targets of hateful rhetoric before, we know the importance of condemning this kind of messaging and making it clear that it’s not to be tolerated in our neighborhoods,” Soltani continued. “We cannot let these incidents pass without clearly stating that we oppose bigotry of all kinds.”
SEE: Oklahoma’s Jewish and Muslim communities face rising threats
Oklahoma’s Jewish community has reported higher-than-normal levels of threats, targeting, and violence. A Jewish temple in Oklahoma City received hoax bomb threats that prompted an evacuation and investigation in December 2023, and flyers with messages targeting Jewish communities and other minority communities have emerged in Oklahoma City neighborhoods in recent years.
SEE: Anti-semitic hate crimes on the rise in Oklahoma
CAIR-Oklahoma also on Oklahoma residents to report incidents of Islamophobia, antisemitism, and other bias incidents to their website and local law enforcement when necessary.
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: Adam Soltani, CAIR-OK Executive Director, email@example.com, 405-248-5853; Nicole Baumann, CAIR-OK Advocacy Coordinator, firstname.lastname@example.org, 918-805-1191