CAIR: FEDERAL CHARGES URGED AFTER NYC MUSLIM MAN'S ALLEGED BEATING
NEW YORK -- The alleged hate-crime beating of a Pakistani man by a group of Jewish teenagers has rattled the city's Muslim community and spurred calls for a federal investigation by an advocacy group.
"It's an indication of the kind of thing that we're seeing as a growing phenomenon, tied to a sharp rise in the anti-Muslim sentiment in our society," Ibrahim Hooper, a spokesman for the Washington-based Council on American-Islamic Relations, said of the Brooklyn case. . .
The Brooklyn case came just days after the Oct. 19 slaying of an Afghan-born mother of six in Fremont, Calif. Alia Ansari, 38, was gunned down while walking in a residential neighborhood. Authorities have not yet labeled that shooting a hate crime, but Muslim leaders have voiced concern that she was targeted because she wore a headscarf.
Hooper said the two incidents come at a time of increased rhetoric against Muslims in America, with vitriol found in letters to the editor, on conservative talk radio and even in some politicians' talks.
His organization recently reported it had received almost 30 percent more civil rights complaints from Muslims in 2005 than in 2004. The 1,972 complaints, which cover harassment, violence and discriminatory treatment, were the highest number of complaints the group had received in its 12-year history, according to its report.
The advocacy group has urged federal charges against Amber's accused attackers.
"I think intervention by the Justice Department would send a strong message that anti-Muslim attacks would not be tolerated in America," Hooper said. Justice officials could not be reached for comment Saturday.