MUSLIMS FEAR BACKLASH FROM FORT DIX ATTACK PLOT
FORT DIX, N.J. — Authorities’ description of six suspects charged with plotting an attack on Fort Dix as “Islamic militants” is causing renewed worry among New Jersey’s Muslim community.
Hundreds of Muslim men from New Jersey were rounded up and detained by authorities in the months following the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks, but none were connected to that plot.
Now, Muslims fear a resurgence of anti-Islamic sentiment and incidents of bias…
A survey by the Washington-based Council on American-Islamic Relations counted 70 incidents of discrimination or bias against Muslims in New Jersey in 2005, the last year for which figures are available. Nationwide, the group counted 1,972 incidents in 2005, up from 1,522 in 2004. That is the highest level reported to the group in its 12-year history.
The group issued a statement Tuesday praising authorities for foiling the plot.
“It seems clear that a potentially deadly attack has been averted,” the group said. “We applaud the FBI for its efforts and repeat the American Muslim community’s condemnation and repudiation of all those who would plan or carry out acts of terror while falsely claiming their actions have religious justification.”