The Council on American-Islamic Relations, or CAIR, recently received at least 50 complaints from Muslim-Americans that their bank accounts at JP Morgan and Chase were being closed without explanation. Now, CAIR has asked the US treasury department to investigate the story. Here is just one story, from DetroitNews.com:
One of the latest reported incidents, according to CAIR–MI, involved Alif Arabic, a business described as teaching Arabic to American citizens online. Officials there were notified May 30 by JPMorgan Chase their bank account would be terminated within 10 days. JPMorgan Chase officials did not detail why, according to the letter.
When an Alif Arabic employee asked the bank for clarification, they were told an analytical tool “alerted them that Alif’s account could pose a possible risk,” the letter read.
The last sentence here is downright sinister. What analytical tool could that have been? One that picks out businesses with potential “terrorist” affiliations so liberally that it basically catches any and all Muslim-American groups?
Samara Gabriel, who runs the Muslim e-magazine website Dawah Monthly (hilariously, the url is iminitforthescarves.com), alleged in the comments on said DetroitNews.com article that she experienced a similar incident with her private account at Bank of America.
Anyway, this is a story that the mainstream news media has almost totally ignored. The Detroit Free Press offered a 200-word blurb. But so far, that’s basically it for mainstream outlets.
Apparently, just like how bakeries have the right to deny service to homosexuals, banks have the right to deny service to Muslims.