(DALLAS, TEXAS, 1/3/19) -- The Dallas/Fort Worth chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-DFW) today called for a hate crime investigation of an alleged bias-motivated attack on an Oklahoma Muslim mother and daughter at Dallas’ Reunion Tower on Sunday because they were wearing Islamic head scarves (hijabs).
The attacker reportedly told the victims to go "back to their country" and allegedly hit the daughter, resulting in a concussion.
[MEDIA ADVISORY: CAIR Oklahoma's chapter will hold a news conference with the victim of the alleged anti-Muslim attack, Jenan Ayesh, at its office in Oklahoma City on Friday, Jan. 3 at 12:30 p.m. (3000 United Founders Blvd., Suite 226, Oklahoma City, OK 73112) CONTACT: Adam Soltani, CAIR-OK Executive Director, 405-248-5853, aSoltani@cair.com; Veronica Laizure, CAIR-OK Civil Rights Director, 405-430-9877, vLaizure@cair.com]
"We urge state and federal law enforcement authorities to treat this attack as a hate crime and to bring appropriate charges against the alleged perpetrator," said Ekram Haque, CAIR-DFW acting executive director. “Nobody should be attacked for the way they dress or worship.”
The Washington-based Muslim civil rights organization has noted an unprecedented spike in bigotry targeting American Muslims and members of other minority groups since the election of Donald Trump as president.
CAIR is America's largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization. Its mission is to enhance understanding of Islam, protect civil rights, promote justice, and empower American Muslims.
La misión de CAIR es proteger las libertades civiles, mejorar la comprensión del Islam, promover la justicia, y empoderar a los musulmanes en los Estados Unidos.
CONTACT: CAIR-DFW Acting Executive Director Ekram Haque, firstname.lastname@example.org, 469-463-1861