NJ: Sister of Alleged Fort Dix Plotter Beaten at School


(PRINCETON, NJ, 10/15/2007) – On Tuesday, October 16, the New Jersey chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-NJ) will hold a news conference in reaction to an apparent bias incident involving the 12-year-old sister of one of the men arrested for allegedly plotting to attack Fort Dix.

The girl was reportedly punched in the face by a teenaged boy at her school after being told, "There's a terrorist on the loose.” At the end of the September incident, the assailant allegedly told the girl, "Your brother will never come back."

WHAT: News Conference in Reaction to Alleged Bias Incident
WHEN: Tuesday, October 16, 3 p.m.
WHERE: CAIR-NJ Office, 475 Wall Street, Princeton, NJ
CONTACT: CAIR-NJ Communications Director Afsheen Shamsi, 908-938-5990 or E-Mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

At the news conference, CAIR-NJ will call on the FBI and the Office of Bias Crimes to investigate the case and to ensure that the perpetrator is apprehended and prosecuted. CAIR-NJ will also call on school officials to take appropriate action.

CAIR, America’s largest Islamic civil liberties group, has 33 offices and chapters nationwide and in Canada. 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.

 

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