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CAIR Condemns Hate Attack on Syrian Refugee in San Diego

Incident comes one week after Islamophobic attack on Muslim women

(SAN DIEGO, 10/17/2019) – The San Diego chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-San Diego), a chapter of the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today condemned an apparent hate attack on a Syrian refugee in that city.

Reports indicate that the teen was on his way home from school when he was approached by a man who reportedly asked if he is Mexican. When the teen answered that he was Arab, the man attacked him attacked him while shouting anti-Arab and Islamophobic slurs. 

SEE: Beating of teenage Syrian refugee being investigated as a hate crime

“This attack comes just a week after a man was arrested for shoving Muslim women in hijabs, and allegedly telling them to ”˜go back to your country,’” said CAIR-San Diego Executive Director Dustin Craun. “We urge state and federal law enforcement authorities to treat this attack with the seriousness it deserves. Young people should not have to fear walking home from school.”  

The Washington-based civil rights organization has reported an unprecedented spike in bigotry targeting American Muslims, immigrants and members of other minority groups since the election of Donald Trump as president.

SEE: CAIR Calls for Resignation of Maine Sports Official Over Anti-Muslim Facebook Posts

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CAIR’s mission is to protect civil rights, enhance understanding of Islam, 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-San Diego Executive Director Dustin Craun, 303-667-4027,; CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-744-7726,; CAIR National Communications Coordinator Ayan Ajeen,


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