In what Muslim leaders are calling a hate crime, a 51-year-old Arab-American Muslim said he was beaten up at his Detroit home by a group of men who repeatedly swore at him and told him to “go back to where you came from.”

Shafik Shoaib, a U.S. citizen born in Egypt, was allegedly attacked at his home in Detroit on Piedmont Monday night, said Dawud Walid, executive director of the Michigan branch of the Council on American-Islamic Relations.

The assailants were a group of about 10 people who were white, Walid said. While beating him, members of the group used slurs and swear words, saying things such as “You’re a (expletive) Arab,” “You’re a (expletive) Muslim,” and “You’re not a (expletive) American.”

At one point, one assailant said that his “great great grandfather was born in America…you’re not an American,” according to Walid.

Walid said he was with Shoaib when he told his story to Detroit police today.
Shoaib’s wife and kids were in the house during the attack, Walid said.


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