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CAIR-Kansas Calls for Probe of Possible Bias Motive for Fire That Destroyed Muslim-Owned Restaurant

chapter logos kansas(WICHITA, KS, 11/2/17) -- The Kansas chapter of the Council on American–Islamic Relations (CAIR-Kansas) today called on state and federal law enforcement authorities to investigate a possible bias motive for a fire that destroyed a Muslim-owned restaurant in Wichita, Kansas.

After the fire destroyed the Petra Mediterranean Restaurant, the owners found the words “Go Back” spray-painted in large letters on the storage unit behind the restaurant.

SEE: Wichita Restaurant Burns Down in What Owners Believe was a Hate Crime

'Go Back' Written on NE Wichita Business Destroyed By Fire

“Because of the overall rise in the number of anti-Muslim incidents both nationwide and in Kansas and Wichita specifically, and the alleged hate graffiti found at the scene, we urge law enforcement authorities to investigate the possibility of a bias motive for this blaze,” said CAIR-Kansas Board Chair Moussa Elbayoumy.

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The Washington-based civil rights organization said it has witnessed an unprecedented increase in hate incidents targeting American Muslims and members of other minority groups since the election of Donald Trump.

CAIR: 2017 on Track to Becoming One of the Worst Years Ever for Anti-Muslim Hate Crimes

CAIR asks community members to report any bias incidents to police and to CAIR's Civil Rights Department at 202-742-6420 or by filing a report at: 

Because of the rise in hate incidents, CAIR recently launched an app to share critical "know your rights" information and to simplify the process to report hate crimes and bias incidents.

For a quick download of CAIR's civil rights app, click here:

CAIR is America's largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization. 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.

La misión de CAIR es mejorar la comprensión del Islam, fomentar el diálogo, proteger las libertades civiles, capacitar a los musulmanes estadounidenses, y construir coaliciones que promuevan la justicia y la comprensión mutua.

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CONTACT: CAIR-Kansas Board Chair Moussa Elbayoumy, 785-318-6323, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.; CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-744-7726, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.