SLAVIC AMERICAN CHAMBER OF COMMERCE AND
COUNCIL ON AMERICAN ISLAMIC RELATIONS ISSUE
JOINT STATEMENT IN RESPONSE TO BOSTON MARATHON BOMBING
(SACRAMENTO)—-In response to the horrific Boston Marathon bombing and the capture of alleged Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, a joint statement has been issued by Slavic American Chamber of Commerce President Sergey Terebkov and Council of American Islamic Relations Executive Director Basim Elkarra:
“In the aftermath of the capture of the alleged Boston bomber, the Slavic American Chamber of Commerce cautions against assumptions,” said Sergey Terebkov, the chamber’s president. “Russian Americans immigrated to this country seeking opportunities, upward mobility and economic success for themselves and their children. We condemn the actions of the Boston Marathon bombers and we caution that statements judging a group based on any ethnic or geographic origin can be harmful to honorable, law-abiding Russian Americans.”
“Our community stands in solidarity with the brave people of Boston and Watertown. Our thoughts and prayers are with them,” said Basim Elkarra, executive director of the Council on American Islamic Relations.
“As Americans, we are a united force against any form of tyranny, whether it be in the form of terrorism or otherwise,” added Elkarra. “Terrorism has no allegiance to faith or ethnicity, and we have been witness to that over the past few years. What happened in Boston and Watertown last week does not reflect on anyone except for those who carried it out. It is not a reflection of ethnic identity, religion, or national affiliation.”
Muslim individuals and institutions are being asked to review advice on security procedures in CAIR’s “Community Security and Safety Tips.” Please also be sure to report any incidents in the Sacramento Valley to CAIR by calling 916.441.6269.