Palestine Resource Guide

The CAIR Oklahoma staff and board express their heartfelt condolences and mourn with the families who have lost loved ones in the Israeli assault on Gaza. As many of you are aware, Israel has blocked entry points; cut power, water, and gas; caused communication barriers; and is bombing residential apartments to intentionally target civilians.

Many of us have family members and friends in Gaza and are being personally impacted by this horrific situation. We, along with you, are in pain.

Below is a list of resources you can use to take action, provide support for those affected, and protect yourself as you make these efforts.

Oklahomans Against the Occupation

Oklahomans Against the Occupation is a community united by a common commitment to justice, human rights, and peace. Their mission includes raising awareness, educating Oklahomans, amplifying Palestinian voices, advocating for diplomacy, and supporting the safety and freedom of the Palestinian people.


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On May 26, Israel killed at least 45 Palestinians, reportedly mostly women and children, and injured over 250 people in a tent camp in a designated “safe zone” for refugees in Rafah.

Just 48 hours before this atrocity, the highest United Nations Court — the International Court of Justice (ICJ) — ordered Israel to stop its military offensive in Rafah immediately.1

Instead of abiding by international law and the ICJ, Israel bombed a “humanitarian safe zone” in Rafah’s Tal al-Sultan neighborhood.

TELL YOUR MEMBER OF CONGRESS: Condemn Israel’s Rafah assault and invasion, urge Biden to facilitate an immediate and lasting ceasefire, and end U.S. military assistance to Israel.

Since October, over 40,000 people, including more than 14,000 children, have been brutally killed by Israel.²  We need an immediate and permanent ceasefire and an end to the restrictions on vital aid to people in Gaza.

Our eyes are fixed on Gaza as the Israeli military has now launched an offensive on Rafah, where nearly 1.5 million Palestinians were sheltering. More than 900,000 people have fled Rafah since May 6.

The people of Gaza urgently need a permanent ceasefire.
Tell Congress: We demand a permanent ceasefire now!


1.“Isolated Israel argues U.N. court ruling leaves door open to Rafah offensive,” NBC News, May 27, 2024.

2. Euro-Med Monitor, Euro-Med Monitor, March 14, 2024.

CAIR Action Alert: Tell Your Senator to Reject a Bill Endangering Pro-Palestine Advocacy Groups

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(May – 2024) – Take urgent action NOW. Tell your U.S. senator to oppose H.R.6408 and S.4136, Orwellian bills that would authorize a single official in the Treasury Department to strip any nonprofit organizations of their tax-exempt status without any accountability, justification, or due process. This bill was meant to target pro-Palestinian charities and nonprofit organizations and could be easily weaponized to target any nonprofit organization the President finds objectionable. No American organization should be stripped of its legal status because of politics or anti-Palestinian bigotry masked as national security.

TAKE ACTION BELOW: Urge The Senate to Stop Targeting Nonprofits and Advocacy Groups

Last month, the House of Representatives passed H.R. 6408, which grants broad new powers to the Department of Treasury to terminate the tax-exempt status of nonprofits based on subjective claims of advocacy groups supporting terrorism. Now, the Senate this week may consider this dangerous act alongside the reauthorization of the annual Federal Aviation Administration spending bill.

This law is ripe for abuse: the Secretary of the Treasury would be granted new unchecked authorities to use “classified information” in making terrorism designations on nonprofits without filing charges or providing avenues for review or challenge in federal courts. This lack of transparency and due process mirrors troubling patterns seen in unconstitutional federal watchlists, raising serious concerns about the erosion of civil liberties and the rule of law in the name of national security.

Yesterday, CAIR joined 134 other civil liberties, human rights, community, faith, and privacy organizations in a letter to sent to the U.S. Senate Committee on Finance, and the Senate as a whole, requesting that they not advance consideration of this bill.

Why This Matters:

  • Unchecked Power: H.R. 6408, and its Senate companion S. 4136, pose a severe threat by granting excessive authority to the Secretary of Treasury to revoke tax-exempt status based on subjective claims of supporting terrorism, putting free speech and civil liberties at risk.
  • Lack of Accountability: These bills lack transparency and accountability measures, leaving room for potential abuse from current or future presidential administrations targeting nonprofit organizations for political reasons.
  • Protecting Democracy: Upholding due process is crucial to safeguarding democracy against the suppression of dissent under false pretexts of national security. We have already seen this go wrong with the unconstitutional Patriot Act, federal terrorism watchlists, FBI spying on Muslim communities, and NSA surveillance of domestic communications. We do not need any more overreaching national security laws that are politically motivated.

What You Can Do:

  1. Take Action: Contact your Senators immediately and urge them to reject H.R. 6408 and S. 4136. Demand accountability, transparency, and due process in any legislation affecting nonprofits.
  2. Spread Awareness: Share this critical action alert with your networks. Every voice matters in defending our democratic values.
MPOWER Action Alert: No more arms for genocide!

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No more arms for genocide!

Reps. Escobar and Castro are currently circulating an important letter in the House demanding accountability and answers from the administration on Israel’s lack of compliance with National Security Memorandum-20 (NSM-20) and continued violations of U.S. foreign assistance laws and international humanitarian law.

Tell your Member of Congress to sign on to the Escobar/Castro letter.

It is deeply disturbing that the U.S. Department of State has made comments with respect to “assurances” from the Israeli government, under National Security Memorandum (NSM-20), that the Israeli government is using U.S-origin weapons in full compliance with relevant U.S. and international law and is not restricting or arbitrarily blocking the delivery of humanitarian assistance. 

In the face of mounting credible and deeply troubling reports and allegations that Israel has used U.S arms in ways that violate U.S. and international law, including international humanitarian law as it relates to civilian protections and aid flow, Reps. Escobar, Castro, and other signatories believe a failure to question, at minimum, the Netanyahu government’s assurances violates the very spirit of the NSM-20 process.

Take action NOW. Demand no more arms for genocide!

AMP Action Alert: Tell Meta: We Need to Talk About Genocide!

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Amidst the horrific attacks on Gaza, the intensifying bombardment of over one million Palestinians sheltering in Rafah, and “plausible” genocide according to the International Court of Justice, Meta is moving to further silence and censor Palestinian solidarity. The social media giant is considering restricting speech critical of “Zionists” — by expanding when they interpret “Zionist” as a proxy for “Jew/Jewish” under their hate speech policy. This move would repress information coming out of Gaza and any criticism of Israel in a vital moment for outcry.

This policy change would be incredibly dangerous, as social media is often Palestinians’ only means of documenting human rights abuses and sharing their daily realities with the world. Palestinians should be able to name the political ideology that impacts their survival without fearing reprisals. Anti-Zionist and non-Zionist Jews should be able to criticize the ideology that claims to represent them. And human rights defenders should be able to hold the Israeli military and Zionist government accountable — now, more than ever.

CAIR Action Alert: Urge Congress to Support Ceasefire on Gaza Now

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The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) is urgently calling on all Americans who value peace and justice for all people to reach out to their members of Congress and request the following actions in response to the ongoing violence in Israel and Palestine:

  • In the U.S. House of Representatives: Co-sponsoring and supporting the Ceasefire Now Resolutionchampioned by Representatives Cori Bush, Rashida Tlaib, André Carson, Summer Lee, and Delia C. Ramirez.
  • In the U.S. Senate: Support the introduction of a Senate companion to the Ceasefire Now Resolution.
  • Acknowledge the loss of lives and recognize the humanity on both sides, including Israelis and Palestinians.
  • Demand that the United States reassert its leadership role as a negotiator in pursuit of a lasting peace. This includes addressing the root causes of violence and ending Israel’s occupation of Palestinian territories and its apartheid policies.

10/23 Update: At the start of the outbreak of violence, CAIR initially aimed for 1,000 messages to Congress, but it has since received over 60,000 responses of its call to action, resulting in more than 200,000 emails sent to members of the US House and Senate by supporters. We now challenge all those who care about Palestinian lives and wellbeing to take action 80,000+ times, sending at least 250,000 messages to Congress.

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Suggested Talking Points + Supporting Facts


  • Unequivocal support for Palestine, for the people of Palestine, and their right to a free, unoccupied homeland. Express deep solidarity and condolences to the Palestinians in Gaza and the remaining occupied territories.
  • Belief that every human life has intrinsic value, regardless of nationality, ethnicity, or religious beliefs and that you:
    • Oppose the ongoing bombing and killing of civilians in Palestine.
    • Oppose the killing of civilians in Israel.
    • Unequivocally condemn the targeting of civilians as a war crime.
    • Extend your condolences to the families of those impacted by the violence, including Jewish, Palestinian, and Muslim Americans.
  • Belief that if the international community offers the Palestinian people a true path to freedom, justice, and a dignified life, then peace and stability can inevitably follow.


  • One-sided, biased statements from schools, universities, organizations, elected officials, and media outlets and emphasize that every innocent life is sacred, valuable, and should be protected; every life, not just Israeli lives.
  • Blatant disregard from elected officials regarding the Palestinian people’s suffering in Gaza at the hands of Israel. Call on them to meet with Palestinian human rights advocates to gain a deeper and more balanced perspective on the decades-long struggle the Palestinian people have endured.
  • Islamophobic statements conflating violence in the region with Muslims and Islam.


  • Acknowledge the loss of lives and recognize the humanity on both sides, including Israelis and Palestinians.
  • Express support for an immediate ceasefire.
  • Demand that the United States reasserts its leadership role as a negotiator in pursuit of a lasting peace. This entails addressing the root causes of violence, terminating Israel’s occupation of Palestinian territories, and ending the Israeli government’s apartheid policies.
  • Reiterate our belief that if the international community offers the Palestinian people a true path to freedom, justice, and a dignified life, then peace, and stability can inevitably follow.


  • Adopt a balanced view that ensures a welcoming and safe environment for students of all backgrounds.
  • Issue a statement affirming the pain and suffering of the Palestinians—especially the more than two million Palestinians in occupied Gaza, half of whom are children—and who have been called “human animals” by Israeli Defense Minister Yoav Gallant.


  • Israel’s illegal occupation of Palestine began in 1948, when what is known as the Nakba or the “catastrophe” occurred, resulting in 750,000 Palestinians being displaced.
  • Over the past 75 years, the Palestinian people have experienced immense suffering, displacement, and a 15-year-long inhumane siege and blockade in Gaza, which has been described as the world’s “largest open-air prison” by human rights organizations. The blockade, which has been ruthlessly imposed by Israel by land, sea, and air has effectively deprived Palestinian residents of freedom of movement and crippled Gaza’s economy. It has severely restricted access to basic human needs, like food, clean water, electricity, and medicine. Israel’s war crimes against Palestinians of all faiths have been well documented by Human Rights Watch, Amnesty International, B’Tselem, and others who have unequivocally declared Israel an apartheid state.
  • Israeli leaders and advocates acknowledge Israel’s occupation is like South African apartheid. The former head of Mossad (Tamir Pardo) said recently: “There is an apartheid state here…In a territory where two people are judged under two legal systems, that is an apartheid state.” The world rallied around Black South Africans, acknowledging their right to freedom. The Palestinians should be afforded the same right.
  • Gaza, which human rights organizations have described as “the largest open-air prison” due to an ongoing 15-year-long inhumane siege and blockade, is home to two million Palestinians, most of whom are refugees from villages and towns occupied by Israel.  The United Nations has called Israel’s aggressions in Gaza and the Occupied West Bank “illegal under international law” and a “substantial obstacle to peace.”
  • Palestinians have endured decades of dehumanization and annexation and continue to be persecuted under the apartheid system of the Israeli occupation. The immediate uproar when Israel faces an attack is in stark contrast to the shameful silence in the face of Israel’s brutality toward the Palestinian people for over 75 years. Palestinians are no different than any other people—they want to live free and with dignity on their own land.
  • The killing of children has been justified across the West, including by the United States, which has funded the illegal occupation for decades and recently gave Israel the green light for a major military operation in Gaza. Israel’s campaign on Gaza has leveled entire neighborhoods, killing over 8,000 people, more than 60% of them women and children, according to the Gaza Health Ministry.
  • Hamas is a byproduct of the occupation; the group formed in 1987—almost 40 years after the dispossession of Palestinians began in 1948.
  • The death toll of the conflict in Palestine-Israel is disproportionately borne by the Palestinians. Between 2008 and 2021, at least 5,739 Palestinians and 251 Israelis were killed. According to the UN, the conflict has taken the lives of 23 Palestinians for each Israeli. Over the same time period, at least 121,438 Palestinians and 5,682 Israelis were injured. It is essential to keep in mind that the Palestinian people have endured decades of dispossession, dehumanization, and annexation under the illegal Israeli occupation and apartheid system.
  • The only way to permanently stop these cycles of violence is to end the Israeli government’s illegal occupation of Palestine, which kills hundreds of Palestinian civilians every year and subjects millions more men, women and children to systemic, racist oppression, and also takes the lives of Israeli civilians.
  • Every life is valuable: Israeli, Palestinian, or any other; however, this compassion and attention is only given to Israelis and not the Palestinians.
Template Letters to K-12 Schools, Higher Education, Employers, and Elected Officials

In the wake of Israel’s recent assault on Gaza, many schools, universities, employers, and elected officials have released one-sided statements of support for Israel. These statements fail to acknowledge the dispossession of the Palestinian people under the illegal Israeli occupation and apartheid system or their humanity as they are bombarded and killed by Israeli forces.

We know that these blatantly biased statements can be extremely upsetting and damaging to the Muslim and Palestinian communities, so we created downloadable templates you can fill out and send to your school, university, employer, and elected officials. Download the templates below:




*These templates constitute suggested material to empower you to advocate on behalf of yourself and/or your child. Please note that they do not constitute legal advice. Please use your personal judgment to adapt the content to your particular case. If you need more direct assistance, please contact our Civil Rights Department at

Know Your Rights: Protesting

Protesting is an important way to exercise your right to free speech and to make your voice heard on issues of importance to you. However, it can also be intimidating, and so we encourage you to familiarize yourself with your rights before you and your loved ones go out to protest with community members.


What to Wear:

  • Personal Protective Equipment (PPE): be sure to wear adequate masks to protect from COVID-19;
  • Comfortable clothes and shoes that can protect from pepper spray or tear gas;
  • Shatter-resistant eye protection (i.e. goggles, sunglasses, gas mask).

What to Bring:

  • Extra clothes and PPE in case you get contaminated with pepper spray/tear gas.
  • Water and snacks.
  • I.D. and emergency contact information.
  • Prescription medication.
  • Basic first aid.
  • Wet wipes and tissues.
  • Enough money for a payphone, food, and transportation.

Do Not:

  • Wear contacts. This may cause damage if you get attacked with tear gas.
  • Put Vaseline, mineral oil, oil-based sunscreen or moisturizers on skin as they can trap chemicals.
  • Go alone. Go with people you know well and trust.
  • Wear things that can be grabbed (i.e. jewelry, hair ties, loose hair).


  • Your rights are strongest on the streets, sidewalks, and parks. You also likely have the right to speak out on other public property, like plazas in front of government buildings, so long as you are not blocking access to the building or interfering with other purposes. Freedom of speech protects the content of your speech, no matter how unpopular.
  • Freedom of speech does not protect slander, libel, obscenity, “true threats”, or speech that incites imminent violence or breaking the law.
  • Megaphones and bullhorns may be used. Permits may be required for music, drums, and loudspeakers. As always, check local ordinances for permit information.
  • Counter-protesters also have free speech rights. They cannot physically disrupt the protest they are against. Police must treat both groups equally. Police are permitted to keep antagonistic groups separated but should allow them to be within sight and sound of one another.
  • When you are lawfully present in any public space, you have the right to photograph or video anything in plain view, including federal buildings and the police. Owners of private property may set rules related to photography or video.
  • Police officers may not confiscate or demand to view your photographs or video without a warrant. They also cannot delete data under any circumstances. However, they may order you to cease activities that they determine are interfering with law enforcement operations.


  • Stay calm. Make sure to keep your hands visible. Do not argue, resist, or obstruct the police, even if you believe they are violating your rights. Point out that you are not disrupting anyone else’s activity and that the First Amendment protects your actions.
  • If you are stopped, ask the officer if you are free to leave. If the answer is yes, calmly walk away.
  • If you are detained, ask the officer what crime you are suspected of committing, and remind the officer that taking photographs is your right under the First Amendment and does not constitute reasonable suspicion of criminal activity.
  • If you are under arrest, you have a right to ask why. Otherwise, say you wish to remain silent and ask for a lawyer immediately. Do not say anything or sign anything without a lawyer. Refer to our list of resources below for legal assistance when arrested.
  • You should never consent to a search of yourself or your belongings. If you do explicitly consent, it can affect you later in court.
  • Police may “pat down” your clothing if they suspect you have a weapon and may search you after an arrest.
  • Keep phone numbers on your person (i.e. write them on your arm) in case you are detained and arrested. You are allowed to make up to three local phone calls if you are arrested. A parent with custody of minor children can make two additional calls to arrange childcare.
  • If you are arrested for an infraction and you have a valid I.D. on you, the police must give you a ticket and release you on the spot unless you refuse to sign the ticket.


  • When you can, write down everything you remember, including the law enforcement officers’ badge and patrol car numbers and the agency they work for.
  • Get contact information for witnesses.
  • Take photographs of any injuries.
  • Once you have all of this information, you can file a written complaint with the agency’s internal affairs division or civilian complaint board.

If you have questions or believe your rights have been violated, please reach out to CAIR Oklahoma’s Civil Rights Department at 405.415.6851 or click here to report an incident.

Know Your Rights: Freedom of Speech and Assembly

The First Amendment of the United States Constitution generally guarantees that those within our borders have the right to freedom of expression and peaceful assembly, including partaking in protests and demonstrations. However, those rights are not absolute, and they may differ based on the time, place, and manner of the activity. The following information offers general guidelines to help you navigate your right to freely express your beliefs in different settings. Note that this information does not constitute legal advice and you should contact your CAIR Oklahoma office for more direct support.

General Guidelines:

  • The First Amendment protects your right to express your beliefs, even if your viewpoint is unpopular or controversial. This means that you have the right to criticize United States foreign policy or any government or government representative.
  • All types of expression are usually protected in “public forums,” like parks, sidewalks, and streets, or other areas where the public has been granted access, like the front of government buildings.
  • Private property owners, however, are permitted to dictate their own rules that may limit free speech.
  • The right to freedom of speech doesn’t extend to defamation, obscenity, “true threats,” or speech that incites imminent violence or law-breaking.
  • Remember, your right to freedom of speech and assembly also means that counter-demonstrators are afforded the same rights, as long as they are not physically disrupting your activities or engaging in a prohibited type of activity.

Protestor Rights:

  • You generally have the right to protest in public forums, including streets, parks, sidewalks, and plazas, although there may be time, place, and manner restrictions – and so long as those restrictions are viewpoint and content-neutral. This means that protests can’t be restricted based on the content – no matter how offensive it may be to a particular group.
  • Certain types of events, like marches or parades, that require blocking traffic or street closures, or require the use of sound amplifying devices, may require permits. And although you will need to submit permit requests in advance of your event, police cannot use these permit procedures to prevent protests in response to breaking news events.
  • For other activities that do not obstruct traffic or pedestrian traffic, you generally do not need a permit to assemble, march, or protest in public spaces.
  • You do not have the same right to assemble on private property and private property owners can restrict the type of activity and speech on their premises.
  • When you are lawfully present in any public space, you have the right to photograph anything in plain view, including federal buildings and the police, as long as you are not obstructing police work. The same freedoms can be restricted on private property, where owners may set their own rules related to photography or video recordings.
  • If permit regulations require you to pay a fee, waivers may be provided to those who are unable to afford the charge.

Student Rights:

  • Public colleges and universities can regulate the time, place, and manner of speech in public forms – so long as those restrictions are reasonable and viewpoint and content-neutral. This means that students generally have the right to invite speech they wish to hear, debate speech with which they disagree, and protest speech they find bigoted or offensive.
  • Even when schools believe they have the right to restrict your speech, they can only do so to the extent necessary to avoid a specific harm. Valid restrictions can include:
  • Requiring advanced notice of a protest on campus
  • Requiring groups to obtain permits
  • Restricting your activities to a certain space on campus
  • Enacting specific registration policies that all students must follow
  • Permits
    • You generally do not need a permit for activities like holding up signs, picketing, leafleting, or petitioning for signatures when done in open, public areas of your campus – so long as you are not disrupting school activities, like classes, or blocking people or traffic.
    • Campus policies that require you to obtain a permit must contain exceptions for spontaneous responses to unfolding events.
  • Speech that amounts to targeted harassment or threats, or that creates a pervasively hostile environment for vulnerable students is not protected.
  • For more resources regarding students’ rights, please see CAIR-National’s Guide, which can be found here.

If you believe that your rights have been violated, document everything you can, including the names, agencies, and badge numbers or patrol car numbers of any involved law enforcement agents. Get contact information for witnesses and take photographs, videos, or screenshots of any concerning statements, incidents, or resulting injuries. Contact your legal representative as soon as possible to discuss your options.

You can reach CAIR’s Oklahoma office at 405.415.6851 or by filing out an incident report here.

Employee Guidance: Speaking with Human Resources

What do I do if human resources want to speak with me about my Palestine social media content?

Employees should be aware that the First Amendment does not protect private employees from discipline because of speech. The First Amendment generally only protects public employees, like federal and state government employees, if they are speaking as a private citizen on a matter of public concern, and that speech does not disrupt the workplace. Some states have laws that protect employee speech, but not all do. It is your responsibility to be aware of your free speech limitations
in your workplace.

If you are using social media to discuss the situation in Palestine, you should take the following steps to ensure that you are not subjected to discipline at work:

  1. Set your social media accounts to private.
  2. If your account is public, use a pseudonym and remove any personal identifying information such as personal photos and location.
  3. Never identify your employer on your social media accounts.
  4. Do not post hateful or threatening content.

If you find yourself in a situation where your human resources department has requested a meeting to discuss your Palestine content, we recommend you take the following steps to protect yourself:

1. Document the conversation and any subsequent conversation.

Ask for permission to record the conversation. If you are unable to record, take detailed notes. Follow up after the meeting by sending an email to human resources summarizing the items that were discussed as well as any actions that are to be taken.

2. Ask to be given, in writing, the specific policies that human resources allege you to have violated.

Your employer may have a handbook detailing workplace policies, including policies describing offenses warranting discipline or termination. Ask human resources to inform you of the policy(s) that you violated. Ask for an explanation as to how your actions have violated those policies. Ask for an opportunity to submit a response in writing rebutting the allegations.

3. Provide resources.

In some cases, employers have alleged certain content or protest chants to be racist or anti-Semitic – they are not. Provide documentation or resources from credible human rights and grassroots organizations that explain the nature of your content. Many of these resources can be found online.

4. If you believe you are the victim of discrimination or retaliation, immediately document the complaint with human resources.

If you believe your employer is treating you differently because of a protected class, such as race, religion, or national origin, immediately inform human resources. You should inform human resources of this claim during your meeting and immediately follow up via email to document the complaint. Your employer may not retaliate against you for submitting a discrimination complaint.

5. Contact your union

If you are represented by a union, you should ask for union representation and immediately notify them if you believe you are the victim of discrimination. Your union leadership may attend your meetings with human resources. Your employer may not retaliate against you for contacting your union. Not all employees are represented by unions.

6. Contact CAIR Oklahoma.

Contact CAIR Oklahoma to submit a civil rights complaint. You can email or call (405) 415-6851 to get in touch with our office.

Report Bullying + Harrasment

With the blatantly biased news coverage of Israel’s assault on Gaza and many organizations releasing one-sided statements of support for Israel, Muslims and Palestinians may find themselves the targets of bullying and discrimination. Click here to read CAIR’s Guide to Bullying and Bias in School.

To report any bias incidents, contact CAIR Oklahoma’s Civil Rights Department at 405.415.6851 or submit an incident report.

Community Alert: FBI Targeting Palestinians For Questioning Following Escalations in Palestine and Israel

CAIR Oklahoma has received concerning reports that FBI agents are questioning Palestinian community members and possibly others regarding the recent tragic events in Palestine and Israel. Please be advised that CAIR-OK strongly advises you against speaking with any law enforcement agent, whether local, state, or federal without first consulting with an attorney.

The following is important information regarding your rights when speaking with law enforcement. Please contact CAIR Oklahoma to report any communications from a law enforcement agent, including from the FBI. You can reach CAIR’s Oklahoma office at 405.415.6851 or by filing out an incident report here

You have the right to remain silent.

You are not obligated to answer questions from an FBI agent. Your refusal to talk to the agent may not be used against you. You can simply state, “I am exercising my right to remain silent and will not speak with you without consulting an attorney.”

You always have the right to request an attorney’s assistance.

You should refuse to answer questions until you have had a chance to speak with an attorney. Even if you have already started talking, you can stop at any time. Tell the agent you do not want to answer any more questions without a lawyer present.

Tell the truth, or remain silent. Lying can be a crime.

It is a felony to make a false statement to an FBI agent if it is related to an investigation, even if the false statement was unintentional.

Sometimes, forgetting your dates of travel or when you last met or spoke with a particular individual can be used against you as a basis for prosecution. An attorney will work with you to make sure this doesn’t happen.

Asking for an attorney does not make you more suspicious.

Some people mistakenly believe that it is okay to speak to law enforcement voluntarily since they know they have nothing to hide. The vast majority of FBI interviews are fishing expeditions – meaning agents are searching for any information that can facilitate ongoing investigations, surveillance, and wrongful profiling against our communities. Remember that anything you say to a law enforcement agent can, and most likely will, be used against you or family members or friends. Help protect yourself and others in your community by remaining silent.

You are not necessarily in trouble.

Just because an FBI agent has contacted you does not necessarily mean that you have done anything wrong or that you are under investigation. The FBI has been known to target Arab, Muslim, Middle Eastern, and South Asian communities for questioning, even when there is no suspicion of a crime. But you should still take care to protect your rights.

Don’t talk about your religious and political views.

You are not required to discuss your political and religious beliefs.

Remember! Remain silent and consult an attorney. You can reach the CAIR Oklahoma office at 405.415.6851 or by filing out an incident report here.

Educational Resources on Palestine

American Muslims for Palestine
Palestine Children’s Relief Fund
Middle East Eye on Palestine
Human Rights Watch on Palestine
Institute for Middle East Understanding

Local News Coverage

The Oklahoman:As a Muslim, Ramadan is a time when I can make things right. This holy month, we all can.
2News Oklahoma: ‘You’re supporting genocide’: Tulsa students stage walkouts against Gaza war
KOCO: Protest breaks out at Oklahoma Capitol moments before governor’s State of the State address
The Norman Transcript: Students, community rally for Palestine on University of Oklahoma campus
OKC Fox 25: Oklahomans Rally in Support of Palestine, Call for End to Violence Amid Middle East Crisis
The Oklahoman: OKC Muslims Speak Out Against Treatment of Palestinians in War-torn Gaza
The Oklahoman: Imam: Violence is not the answer. Collective punishment is not the answer
Channel 2 Tulsa: ‘Genocide’: Oklahoma Muslims call out Israeli civilian attacks on Palestinians
The Oklahoman: Jewish, Muslim faith leaders denounce xenophobia during OKC council meeting
News on 6: ‘Put Yourself in Their Shoes’: Tulsans Stage Protest in Support of Palestinians
Tulsa World: Dozens rally in Tulsa to support Palestine


KOCO Channel 5: Oklahomans Brave Rain, Cold to Call for Ceasefire in Israel