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CAIR-NY Condemns Another Islamophobic Attack, This Time on Muslim NYPD Officer and Son
(NEW YORK, NY, 12/4/16) - The New York chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-NY) today condemned another in a series of recent hate attacks on Muslims in that state.
According to police, an off-duty Muslim NYPD officer - who wears and Islamic head scarf (hijab) - and her 16-year-old son were assaulted Saturday in Brooklyn by a man who yelled “go back to your country.” The alleged attacker, described as a white man in his 30s, reportedly shoved the officer’s son and shouted, “ISIS (expletive), I will cut your throat, go back to your country!” The NYPD Hate Crimes Unit is investigating the attack as a bias incident.
SEE: 'Hero' Muslim Cop, Her Son Harassed By Bigot in Brooklyn Who Shouted 'I Will Cut Your Throat'
“While Mayor de Blasio and Governor Cuomo both have publicly stated that hate has no place in New York, the number of bias-related attacks continues to climb. President-elect Trump must forcefully and repeatedly address the ugly hatred growing rampant through-out our nation. His rhetoric encouraged hate, racism and xenophobia, and innocent people are being assaulted across our country as a result,” said CAIR-NY Executive Director Afaf Nasher.
On Friday, CAIR-NY condemned an alleged attack on a Muslim woman transit passenger who reportedly shouted President-elect Donald Trump’s name and Islamophobic slurs during the assault.
Video: CAIR-NY Condemns Hate Attack on Muslim Woman Transit Passenger by Men Shouting ‘Donald Trump’
CAIR-NY also recently condemned an apparently bias-motivated attack on Muslim teenagers in Queens called on New York City to take a leadership role in defending Muslim civil rights in the wake of Donald Trump’s election as president of the United States.
SEE: CAIR-NY Condemns Hate Attack on Muslim Teens
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CAIR’s national office has noted a spike in incidents targeting American Muslims and other minority groups since the November 8 presidential election. More than 100 anti-Muslim incidents have occurred across the country according to CAIR and almost 1000 incidents targeting different minority groups have been documented by the Southern Poverty Law Center.
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The Washington-based Muslim civil rights organization recently said that newly-released FBI hate crime statistics showing a 67 percent jump in anti-Muslim incidents in 2015 should push the nation’s leaders to repudiate growing Islamophobia.
SEE: CAIR Says FBI Report of Sharp Jump in Anti-Muslim Hate Crimes Should Push Nation’s Leaders to Reject Islamophobia
The Muslim civil rights group is asking Muslim community members to report any bias incidents to police and to CAIR's Civil Rights Department at (646) 665-7599. or by filing a report at: http://www.cair-ny.org/incident-report/
CAIR is America's largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization. Its mission is to enhance the understanding of Islam, encourage dialogue, protect civil liberties, empower American Muslims, and build coalitions that promote justice and mutual understanding.
La misión de CAIR es mejorar la comprensión del Islam, fomentar el diálogo, proteger las libertades civiles, capacitar a los musulmanes estadounidenses, y construir coaliciones que promuevan la justicia y la comprensión mutua.
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CONTACT: CAIR-NY Executive Director Afaf Nasher, 917-669-4006, email@example.com; Director of Strategic Litigation Albert Cahn, 571-766-6273, firstname.lastname@example.org, CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-744-7726, email@example.com