(NEW YORK, NY 11/21/16) â€“ The New York chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-NY), the nation's largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today condemned an apparently bias-motivated attack on Muslim teenagers in Queens.
According to police, the two Muslim teens were attacked Saturday night by a group of white men shouting religious slurs. A 17-year-old student from Yemen was punched in the face and suffered a fractured eye socket.
â€œWe condemn this apparently bias-motivated attack, just as we similarly condemn all the hundreds of racist and Islamophobic incidents reported since the November 8 election,â€ said CAIR-NY Executive Director Afaf Nasher.
The Washington-based Muslim civil rights group is monitoring an unprecedented spike in anti-Muslim and racist incidents since the election.
Also today, a man is facing up to 25 years in prison after a jury found him guilty of attempted murder as a hate crime for stabbing a man in a Queens mosque.
CAIR recently decried the appointment and nomination of Islamophobes by President-elect Trump.
Muslim community members who believe their rights have been violated are being asked to contact local police and CAIR's Civil Rights Department at 202-742-6420 or by filing a report at: www.cair.com/report
CAIR is America's largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization. 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.
La misiÃ³n de CAIR es mejorar la comprensiÃ³n del Islam, fomentar el diÃ¡logo, proteger las libertades civiles, capacitar a los musulmanes estadounidenses, y construir coaliciones que promuevan la justicia y la comprensiÃ³n mutua.
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