CAIR-NJ Welcomes Federal Hate Crime Charges Against Individual Who Vandalized Rutgers Muslim Chaplaincy House  

(NEWARK, NJ, 4/22/2024) – The New Jersey chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations today welcomed federal hate crime charges against the individual who allegedly vandalized the Center for Islamic Life at Rutgers University (CILRU).

SEE: Rutgers University Crime Alert: Muslim Chaplaincy House

The alleged perpetrator, 24-year-old Jacob Beacher, is not affiliated with Rutgers University, according to communication from Rutgers police.

The incident comes amid a rising tide of anti-Muslim and anti-Palestinian bigotry nationwide.

In a statement, CAIR-NJ Communications Manager Dina Sayedahmed said:

Muslim, Palestinian, and allied students across college campuses are facing an upsurge in bigoted attacks, especially as they advocate for Palestinian liberation.

“The vandalization of the Center for Islamic Life at Rutgers University (CILRU), which had a Palestinian flag displayed, is an example of such bigoted violence.

The CILRU has been a leading voice in advocating for Muslim students on campus and has expressed unequivocal support for Palestine actions and advocacy at Rutgers University.

University administrators must act with urgency to protect Muslim, Palestinian, and allied students, and until they do so, they are putting these students in direct harm’s way.

In a statement, the Center for Islamic Life at Rutgers University said:

We are humbled by the amazing and generous outpouring from the Rutgers community and the community at large.

These acts of support from the outright donations, donations in kind to replace stolen and damaged items, flowers, balloons, calls and emails have been overwhelming and heartening. We are thankful and grateful.

SEE: CILRU Press Release 04/22/2024

CAIR’s vision is to be a leading advocate for justice and mutual understanding.

CAIR’s mission is to enhance the understanding of Islam, protect civil rights, promote justice, and empower American Muslims.

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CONTACT: CAIR-NJ Communications Manager, Dina Sayedahmed, 551-221-5592

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