- 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.
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.
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
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
March 4, 12 Noon
Office, 2180 West Crescent Ave., Suite F, Anaheim, Calif.
of injuries sustained by the Yorba Linda victim will be on display
at the news conference. A family representative will also be available
CAIR-LA, Sabiha Khan, 714-776-1847 or 714-390-0334, E-MAIL: firstname.lastname@example.org;
CAIR-Northern California, 408-986-9874, CAIR-National, Ibrahim
Hooper, 202-488-8787 or 202-744-7726, E-MAIL: email@example.com;
Ms. Hodan Hassan, 202-488-8787 or 703-861-7294, E-MAIL: firstname.lastname@example.org
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