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CAIR-NY Condemns Hate Attack on Jewish Mother and Daughter Mistaken for Muslims

(NEW YORK, NY, 9/14/17) -- The New York chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-NY), a leading Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today condemned the allegedly bias-motivated attack on a Jewish woman and her adult daughter by an assailant who mistakenly believed they were Muslims.
According to police, Dimitrious Zias said "get out of my country, you dirty Muslim!'' as he repeatedly punched the 57-year-old Jewish woman and her 37-year-old daughter. The suspect was arrested at the scene and charged with assault as a hate crime. The incident occurred Wednesday afternoon at the Rego Park R Stop on 67th Avenue.
SEE: Drunken Bigot Attacks Jewish Mom, Daughter He Mistook for Muslims at Queens Subway Station: 'Get Out of My Country'
“This tragic attack shows why Muslim and Jewish New Yorkers must unite against religious bigotry,” said CAIR-NY Legal Director Albert Fox Cahn. “Any time a New Yorker is targeted because of their faith, it’s an attack on our city as a whole and the values that we treasure. We stand with and support the victims of this heinous attack, and we are grateful that an arrest was made so quickly.”
CAIR-NY and the American Muslim community have in the past expressed solidarity with Jewish, Christian, Native American, African-American, and Sikh communities in New Mexico, Florida, South Carolina, Maryland, Alabama, Massachusetts, South Dakota, Ohio, Texas, and other states following acts of hate, threats, violence, vandalism, arson, or bombings.  Last month, CAIR-NY condemned racist vandalism at a Long Island school.
SEE: CAIR-NY Condemns Racist Vandalism Found at Long Island School
Community members are asked to report any bias incidents to police and to CAIR-NY at (646) 665-7599, or by filing a report at:
CAIR is America's largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization. Its mission is to protect civil liberties, empower American Muslims, and build coalitions that promote justice and mutual understanding.
La misión de CAIR es proteger las libertades civiles, capacitar a los musulmanes estadounidenses, y construir coaliciones que promuevan la justicia y la comprensión mutua.
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NYPD Notes a 100 Percent Increase in Hate Crimes

In a recent press conference, mayor Bill De Blasio and Police Commissioner James O’Neil relayed statistics on crime relative to last year. While general crime has seen an overall decrease, the uptick in hate crimes has been dramatic. In just a three-month period, the city has already seen 144 incidents, up from 72 at this point last year- a 100% increase.

Jewish and African-Americans have been the primary targets of these incidents, many of which are non-violent such as pro-Nazi graffitiing across the five boroughs.

While CAIR-NY is appalled by this revelation, we remain mindful of the fact that underreporting is a serious problem in various ethnic and religious communities. We urge all victims of hate crimes to immediate alert law enforcement so that they can swiftly find perpetrators and gather more accurate data.

CAIR-NY also supports additional funding for enhanced detection of and investigation into alleged hate crimes given the growing number of hate crimes in New York.

Large Swastikas and 'make America white again' are seen scrawled on sidewalks and college bathrooms in Long Island

  • Racist graffiti has been found in several Long Island towns since December
  • Sidewalks were targeted in  multi-cultural areas
  • More swastikas were found in bathrooms at Nassau Community College
  • Police are investigating and say the graffiti amounts to a hate crime  

By Sarah Dean For Mailonline

Published: 10:04 EST, 19 December 2016 | Updated: 10:25 EST, 19 December 2016

A red swastika and the slogan 'Make America White Again' have been spray painted on sidewalks in Long Island, sparking a police investigation.

Locals have reported seeing the racist graffiti since the beginning of December in several towns, the Nassau County Police Department said.

In Washington Avenue, Mineola, the graffiti was discovered sprawled outside someone's home on November 30.

A red swastika and the racist slogan 'make America white again' have been spray painted on sidewalks in what police say amounts to a hate crime

Nassau County Police Department Lieutenant Richard Lebrun told the Mineloa American that the message was a hate crime.

Police also wrote graffiti with 'other disparaging and derogatory remarks against African Americans and those of Middle Eastern decent,' Lebrun said.

More swastikas have also been found in bathrooms at Nassau Community College.

One student shared a photo of a black swastika with the caption 'NCC BATHROOM. Shame on you'.

The college quickly responded and asked for the location of the graffiti so it could be removed.

One student shared a photo of a black swastika inside a Nassau Community College bathroom with the caption 'Shame on you'

Democratic Congresswoman Kathleen Rice, who grew up on Long Island, said in a statement: 'To the person who spray-painted swastikas and "Make America White Again" on a sidewalk in Mineola: You are not clever, you are not tough.

‘You are a coward. If you have something you want to say, then come forward, turn yourself into the police, and show your family, your friends, and your neighbors who you are.

'I won’t hold my breath waiting for President-Elect Trump to condemn people using his campaign slogan to intimidate people of color.

'It’s up to every one of us to call out this kind of language and behavior wherever we encounter it, and it’s up to every one of us to show that we are grateful to live in such a diverse district, state and country.'