By Bassel Barakat
Los Angeles officer of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-LA), reported that someone made a bomb threat to its Anaheim headquarters through a phone call on Wednesday.
An anonymous woman called CAIR-LA around 3 p.m. Tuesday and said “I’m going to bomb (expletive) building up,” after she was told that she had contacted the Council on American-Islamic.
“We are thankful to God that our staff, interns, volunteers and other building tenants are safe,” Executive Director Hussam Ayloush said. “We appreciate the vigilance of the Anaheim Police Department.”
Leaders at CAIR-LA called Anaheim Police Department right after the phone call. When the police arrived, they cleared the building and searched for any threats lessees to return, according to CAIR.
“There is a difference between using your First Amendment right to express your opposition to an organization and threatening violence,” Ayloush said in a statement. “Threatening harm to innocent people is absolutely unacceptable. We will not allow hatred and fear-mongering to prevail.”
The threat comes after another threat that was made last month March 19 against CAIR-LA when Rep. Ilhan Omar – who is Muslim – attended the organization’s fourth annual Valley Banquet at the Hilton hotel in Woodland Hills, MyNewsLA reported.
“What would you do if I told you your hotel was going to be bombed?” the caller is alleged to have said in a message. “That is exactly what’s going to happen if you allow the likes of Ilhan Omar into your hotel. She is a danger to American society and your hotel. You are not to allow her foot into there if you value your own safety. Do not allow her in there. Cancel the event.”