(PHOENIX, AZ, 3/18/19) — The Arizona chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-AZ) today renewed its call for stepped-up security at Islamic institutions in the state after a man was arrested for making threats at a Phoenix mosque.
Noel Thomas Becht, 40, was charged with threatening and intimidating, disorderly conduct and trespassing after police responded Saturday night to a report of someone acting suspiciously at the United Islamic Center of Arizona.
SEE: Man Accused of Threatening Phoenix Mosque the Day After New Zealand Shootings
“We thank the Phoenix Police Department for its quick response to this incident,” said CAIR-Arizona Executive Director Imraan Siddiqi. “As the global Muslim community is reeling from the massacre in Christchurch, New Zealand — where 50 Muslims were killed in their house of worship by a white supremacist and Islamophobic extremist — we must continue to remain vigilant. It is important for each mosque in our community to be in an ongoing dialogue with law enforcement to build or enhance a comprehensive security plan.”
He encouraged community leaders to download CAIR’s “Best Practices for Mosque and Community Safety” booklet at: http://www.cair.com/CAIR_Mosque_Safety_Guide.pdf
Individuals in Arizona are asked to report any bias incidents to police and to CAIR-AZ at (480) 704-3786, or by filing a report at: http://cair-az.org/action-center/report-incident/
CAIR’s mission is to protect civil rights, enhance understanding of Islam, promote justice, and empower American Muslims.
La misiÃ³n de CAIR es proteger las libertades civiles, mejorar la comprensiÃ³n del Islam, promover la justicia, y empoderar a los musulmanes en los Estados Unidos.
CONTACT: CAIR-AZ Executive Director Imraan Siddiqi, [email protected], 480-704-3786