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MARCH 3, 2003
2:13 PM

CONTACT: Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) 
Sabiha Khan of CAIR-LA: (714) 776-1847 or (714) 390-0334
Ibrahim Hooper: (202) 488-8787 or (202) 744-7726
Ms. Hodan Hassan: (202) 488-8787 or (703) 861-7294

Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) CAIR: Beating of California Muslim Prompts Call for FBI Probe;
Other Assaults Occur in Northern California, New Jersey
WASHINGTON - March 3 - News Advisory:

WHAT: On Tuesday, March 4, the Southern California office of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-LA), along with other civil rights and religious organizations, will hold a noon news conference in Anaheim to call for an FBI investigation of recent bias-related attacks on Muslims in California and New Jersey.

The Washington-based Islamic civil rights and advocacy group reports that a Muslim teenager was severely beaten February 22 in Yorba Linda, Calif., by a group of some 20 attackers using baseball bats and golf clubs. The assailants, at least two of whom were reported to be white supremacists, allegedly shouted racial slurs such as "F--k the Arabs," "you Arab pieces of s--t," and "camel jockeys." The 18-year-old victim sustained multiple head injuries and stab wounds. He underwent reconstructive surgery on March 1 during which metal plates were used to repair facial bone fractures.

In Irvington, N.J., a Muslim father of six was assaulted Feb. 21 by two men who accused him of being a terrorist. The Star-Ledger newspaper reported that the attackers said, "You have to go back to your country," as they knocked the victim to the ground, kicking and injuring him in his head, abdomen and groin.


In Santa Clara, Calif., a Muslim woman wearing Islamic attire was assaulted Feb. 28 in the laundry room of her apartment building. She was punched in the face and suffered a split lip and bruises. Every item in the woman's laundry was later found to be torn and stabbed by a sharp object. The attack is being investigated as a possible bias-related incident.

"We believe this recent increase in attacks on American Muslims is a direct result of the barrage of pro-war and anti-Islam rhetoric coming from right-wing and evangelical leaders," said CAIR-LA Executive Director Hussam Ayloush. "The FBI needs to take these incidents seriously to help provide a sense of security for ordinary American Muslims," said Ayloush. He added that government officials, elected representatives and political commentators should also cool down their rhetoric and acknowledge that harsh words can lead to violent actions.

WHEN: Tuesday, March 4, 12 Noon

WHERE: CAIR-LA Office, 2180 West Crescent Ave., Suite F, Anaheim, Calif.

NOTE: Photographs of injuries sustained by the Yorba Linda victim will be on display at the news conference. A family representative will also be available for comment.

CONTACT: CAIR-LA, Sabiha Khan, 714-776-1847 or 714-390-0334, E-MAIL:; CAIR-Northern California, 408-986-9874, CAIR-National, Ibrahim Hooper, 202-488-8787 or 202-744-7726, E-MAIL:; Ms. Hodan Hassan, 202-488-8787 or 703-861-7294, E-MAIL:

NOTE: CAIR offers an e-mail list designed to be a journalist's window to the American Muslim community. Subscribers to the list, called ISLAM-INFONET, receive news releases and other materials dealing with American Muslim positions on issues of importance to our society. To SUBSCRIBE to ISLAM-INFONET, go to:


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