(LOS ANGELES, CA – 2/4/2020) – The Greater Los Angeles Area office of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-LA) today called for a hate crime investigation of a group of anti-Muslim, pro-Trump agitators who disrupted an educational forum for the 25th Congressional District candidates on Feb. 1 in Palmdale, Calif.

Some seven to 10 people disrupted the forum, co-sponsored by CAIR-LA and the American Islamic Institute of Antelope Valley. As one of the forum participants denounced Trump’s Muslim Ban, a member of the audience began shouting in support of Trump.

As other candidates spoke, members of the audience continually yelled comments. One member of the audience yelled:

“Are you Islamic? American values are not Islamic values.” Another member of the audience threated to pull off another attendee’s hijab, or Islamic headscarf.

The event quickly devolved into screaming and yelling and the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department was called in to break up the event.

SEE: Pro-Trump Group Disrupts Forum

https://www.avpress.com/news/local_news/pro-trump-group-disrupts-forum/article_70193462-4711-11ea-a8bf-1727758dbd65.html

Video: Pro-Trump, Anti-Muslim Group Disrupts Calif. Muslim Community Candidates’ Forum

https://youtu.be/XF40VD2Z5Y4

In a statement CAIR-LA Executive Director Hussam Ayloush said:

“It is sad that a group of bigots would choose to disrupt something as American as a forum to allow voters to hear from candidates running for public office. Their actions showed a lack of decency and respect for the voters attempting to learn more about people wanting to represent them in Congress. We take the threats against a woman wearing a hijab seriously. We ask for the L.A. County Sheriff’s Department to investigate the incident as a possible hate crime.”

Ayloush urged community members to report any bias incidents to police and to CAIR-LA’s Civil Rights Department at 714-776-1177 or by filing a report at:  https://bit.ly/2L9Ezsw.

CAIR-LA is Southern California’s largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization. Its mission is to enhance understanding of Islam, protect civil rights, promote justice and empower American Muslims.

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CONTACT: CAIR-LA Communications Manager Eugene W. Fields, 714-851-4851 or efields@cair.com