Muslim civil rights organization asks witnesses to come forward, report information about the attack by calling police
(DALLAS, TX, 6/17/19) – The Dallas/Fort Worth chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-DFW) today called on state and federal law enforcement authorities to investigate an alleged attack on an American Muslim mother of two at a Starbucks coffee shop in Dallas, Texas, as a hate crime.
On Saturday, Nur Ashour, an American Muslim woman and married mother of two, was reportedly physically assaulted by a customer after ordering coffee at the location. Ashour says had her 8-month-old baby was with her in a stroller at the time of the attack, and her 3-year-old daughter was nearby with her husband.
CAIR-DFW is asking for the public’s help by providing any information about the attack to the police to ensure a thorough investigation. [NOTE: Anyone with information about this incident should call 911.]
Ashour was allegedly harassed and assaulted by a customer who hurled items and verbal threats at her. Afraid for her safety and the safety of her child, Ashour ran from the Starbucks and found a security guard outside. Before Ashour reported the attack to the security officer, the attacker chased her out of the Starbucks.
After the alleged attack occurred, Ashour posted a tweet about the incident that went viral with more than 48,000 retweets. CAIR-DFW has contacted the local Starbucks where the incident occurred to demand that all video surveillance of the attack be preserved.
“Hate crimes are on the rise throughout the United States, including here in Dallas,” said CAIR-DFW Interim Executive Director Ekram Haque. “Earlier this year at the Dallas Reunion Tower, another American Muslim woman was verbally and physically attacked apparently based on her identity as a Muslim woman.”
“American Muslims, and particularly Muslim woman, face an increased threat from Islamophobes,” said CAIR-DFW Legal Director Dontrey Tatum, who is the victim’s legal representative. “We urge law enforcement authorities to investigate this incident as a possible hate crime.”
CAIR 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.
Recently, Fatoumata Camara, a New York Muslim woman, was allegedly robbed and brutally beaten by a group of young people last month in New York. The New York Police Department and the Bronx District Attorney’s office failed to properly investigate the attack until she herself found video evidence showing the violent hate attack.
SEE: Muslim Woman Investigated Her Own Hate Crime After NYPD Dismissed Her Case
CAIR recently released a groundbreaking report, called “Hijacked by Hate: American Philanthropy and the Islamophobia Network,” listing the philanthropic foundations, many of them mainstream, that were used by anonymous special interest donors to funnel almost $125 million to anti-Muslim hate groups between 2014 and 2016.
The report’s authors noted that one outcome of the funding and promotion of anti-Muslim hate and conspiracy theories has been the measurable nationwide increase in anti-Muslim hate violence, bullying of children and discrimination. The period covered by the report showed a marked increase in anti-Muslim hate violence and discrimination.
CAIR is America’s largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization. Its mission is to enhance understanding of Islam, protect civil rights, promote justice, and empower American Muslims.
La misiÃ³n de CAIR es proteger las libertades civiles, mejorar la comprensiÃ³n del Islam, promover la justicia, y empoderar a los musulmanes en los Estados Unidos.