The Arab American News: CAIR-MI welcomes decision on center targeted by anti-Muslim campaign

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CAIR-MI welcomes decision on center targeted by anti-Muslim campaign

SOUTHFIELD — The Michigan chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-MI) this week welcomed a decision of the Farmington School Board to grant approval for the sale of a closed school to be used as an Islamic educational and activity center, despite an anti-Muslim campaign to block the deal.

The sale of the former Eagle Elementary School to the Islamic Cultural Association was granted by a unanimous vote. Eagle Elementary School was slated for demolition.

Some 200 people, many of them members of the pro-Israeli occupation group Stand With Us, attempted to block the sale of the school by making public comments about being fearful of Muslims and expressing concerns that property values will decrease if Muslims congregate there.

According to a report about last night’s debate: “Farmington School Board members bluntly criticized rudeness and expressions of bigotry they heard during the meeting.”

“We welcome the decision of the Farmington School Board to allow the re-vitalization of a closed school, despite the hate expressed by a small but vocal group of bigots,” said CAIR-MI Executive Director Dawud Walid.  “We thank leaders within the Jewish community for taking a strong stance against those who promote intolerance and Islamophobia.”

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