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Radical Anti-Muslim Activist with Ties to Congressional Candidate Threatens to Burn Down Mosques in South Florida

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(Miami, FL, 1/12/16) - The Florida chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR Florida) announced today that they have reported a threat posted on Facebook under the name of David L. Rosenthal.  The threatening Facebook post read: "Someone remind me of why I should not burn every mosque in my geographical area. Oh right, I remember now... Let me think about it."

CAIR Florida reported this serious matter to local and federal law enforcement agencies who are actively investigating the report. CAIR Florida communications director, Wilfredo A. Ruiz stated:

"Our community has zero tolerance for any kind of threat communicated in any form. It does not matter if it is a threat to a center of worship, a school, or a home. We are taking no chance and immediately reporting not only to our local law enforcement agencies but also getting the federal law enforcement involved. A threat to burn down mosques is a blunt hate crime; and should be investigated and eventually prosecuted as such."

Rosenthal is a known islamophobe and frequently participates in rallies slandering Islam and bashing Muslims in America. Rosenthal has expressed publicly: "I hate Islam. Islam is evil. Ideally, I would ban Islam in the United States." To carry his hate agenda, Rosenthal participates as an active member of the anti-Muslim hate group 'Americans Against Hate', a hate group founded and run by Joe Kaufman. Kaufman is a defeated Republican congressional candidate who has promoted the views of the terrorist organizations "Kach" and "Kahane Chai" and praised the "Kahane" terror group and its founder Mier Kahane on a forum of the radical "Jewish Defense League" in Florida. "The Jewish Defense League" has been designated as a hate  group by the Southern Poverty Law Center.


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Florida Muslim communities have suffered multiple hate crimes in the past months. See related reports:

CAIR Florida Seeks Hate Crime Charges for Florida Mosque Vandalism  

Multiple Hate Crimes Against Muslim Women Reported in Hillsborough County, FL

Vandals strike Cooper City Muslim School

St. Petersburg Mosque Beefs up Security Following Anti-Islamic Threats

Suspect Arrested in Islamic Center Vandalism

CAIR Florida maintains an active training program for Florida's Islamic Centers, schools, and organizations on safety and security. In addition, CAIR Florida offers a free publication, "Best Practices for Mosque and Community Safety," to leaders of houses of worship of all faiths.

A booklet, published in response to previous attacks on American-Muslim institutions, contains safety information applicable to any institution and may be requested through CAIR's website:

CAIR released a preliminary report on incidents targeting American mosques and religious institutions in 2015 that shows a greater frequency of damage, destruction, vandalism, and intimidation than in any other year since CAIR started tracking such cases in 2009.

CAIR Florida is the state's largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization. Its mission is to enhance the understanding of Islam, encourage dialogue, protect civil liberties of all people, empower American Muslims, and build coalitions that promote justice and mutual understanding.

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Call 833.CAIRFLA (833.224.7352)

Mailing Adrress:
8076 N 56th St., Tampa, FL 33617 (Main Office)

CAIR Florida office locations:

Sunrise – Fort Myers – Tampa – Orlando – Panama City