Video: CAIR Announces Lawsuit Against Houston, Texas AG Over Refusal to Sign Anti-BDS Contract Pledge

(WASHINGTON, D.C., 11/1/2021) — The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), today announced the filing of a lawsuit against the city of Houston and the Texas attorney general on behalf of a business that was unable to renew its contract with the city because it contains an anti- Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) clause.  WATCH THE NEWS CONFERENCE ANNOUNCING THE SUIT: CAIR filled the suit on behalf of A & R Engineering and Testing, Inc., an engineering firm, the owner of which is of Palestinian heritage, that was asked by Houston to sign the anti-BDS clause in its contract. The owner of the company…

Buzz Feed: A Man Was Fatally Shot While Sitting In A Car, His Family Said.…

Adil Dghoughi was sitting in his girlfriend’s car in the small town of Martindale, Texas, when a resident walked out of his home with a handgun, confronted him, and then shot and killed the 31-year-old. The bullet, Adil’s brother Othmane Dghoughi told BuzzFeed News, pierced the driver’s-side window, cut through his left hand, struck his head, and shattered the passenger’s-side window of the gray Audi. “The murder seems quite suspicious, and it seems that it’s another example of ‘stand your ground’ laws being used to kill another person of color,” Faizan Syed, executive director of the Council on American-Islamic Relations…

White Texas Property Owner Avoids Arrest After Killing Moroccan Driver

But according to the Caldwell County Sheriff’s Office, by 3:42 a.m. Dghoughi was being transferred to a hospital after he’d been shot by a white property owner named Terry Turner in Martindale, less than five miles away from Maxwell. The Sheriff’s Office said the shooting occurred after Turner confronted a “suspicious” car parked outside his home. They also said Turner, 65, was “cooperative” and had not been arrested, despite Dghoughi later dying of his injuries.   Meanwhile, it’s not just loved ones who are irate at the incident and the initial failure to carry out an arrest. Faizan Syed, executive…

CAIR-Austin Calls for Independent Probe Into Killing of Unarmed Moroccan Man in Rural Texas

CAIR-Austin Calls for Independent Probe Into Killing of Unarmed Moroccan Man in Rural Texas   (AUSTIN, TX, 10/18/2021) -- The Austin chapter of the Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR-Austin), a chapter of the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today called for a complete and independent investigation of an unarmed Moroccan man killed in Martindale, Texas.    Adil Dghoughi was a Moroccan national who obtained a Master’s degree in financial analysis from Johnson & Wales University in Rhode Island after immigrating to the U.S. in 2013. The killing occurred at 3:30 A.M. on Monday, Oct. 11 in…

‘Being A Muslim Is Like Being Black Twice’: North Texan Faces Hate Towards His Race,…

When 9/11 happened, Carroll was at an airport waiting to catch a flight. He watched the television as smoke billowed from the Twin Towers, then a ball of flames erupted. Soon, there was talk of a bomb. He watched the screen, silently hoping that the attackers wouldn’t be Black or Muslim. “I tell people, being a Muslim is like being Black twice,” Carroll said. “Because you always say, ‘Oh my god, I hope he ain't Black.’ Now I say I hope he wasn't Black. And if he was, I hope he wasn’t Muslim.” When the attackers were identified as Muslim,…

Austin mosque finds pigs head mask and hateful message left outside on anniversary of 9/11

The Austin chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-Austin) is calling for an investigation after a bloody pig's head mask and a hateful message were left outside a mosque in Austin on the 20th anniversary of the 9/11 terror attacks. According to a CAIR Facebook post, worshippers found the sign outside an Islamic Center and school about 1 a.m. Saturday. The message reads: "Muslims: you are as unclean to God as a pig is to you. Have your idolatry washed clean by the blood of Jesus Christ." “We call on local, state and federal law enforcement authorities to investigate…

Pig mask, hate sign found outside Islamic center on anniversary of 9/11

CAIR-Austin Saturday called on state and federal law enforcement authorities to investigate the mask and sign as a hate crime. The group says the use of pigs or pork is often used to intentionally offend Muslims because of the Islamic prohibition on consuming pork products. "We call on local, state, and federal law enforcement authorities to investigate this heinous act of intimidation as a hate crime," said CAIR-Austin Executive Director Faizan Syed. "Early today, the Austin Muslim community held a free COVID-19 vaccination drive and hosted a soup kitchen to mark the tragic 20th anniversary of September 11. While our community…