(FARMINGTON HILLS, MI, 11/12/16) – The Michigan chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-MI) today called on law enforcement authorities to investigate an incident in which a Muslim woman was allegedly forced to remove her Islamic head scarf, or hijab, as a hate crime. That alleged attack is just the latest anti-Muslim incident reported since the election of Donald Trump as president. (SEE BELOW.)
CAIR-MI says a man threatened to set the Muslim woman on fire with a lighter near the University of Michigan campus in Ann Arbor unless she took off her hijab.
â€œOur nationâ€™s leaders, and particularly President-elect Donald Trump, need to speak out forcefully against the wave of anti-Muslim incidents sweeping the country after Tuesdayâ€™s election, said CAIR-MI Executive Dawud Walid.
Yesterday, the Ohio chapter CAIR called on state and federal law enforcement authorities to investigate threats to a Muslim woman, her children and her elderly parents in that state as a hate crime.
CAIR-Ohio is investigating other reports of hate crimes against Muslims in Central Ohio in the last few days, including an Ohio State Muslim student who was reportedly threatened for wearing her hijab.Â
CAIRâ€™s Kansas chapter is investigating alleged threats to Muslim university students.
In New Mexico, a Muslim woman says she was attacked in a university library.
In California, a woman was harassed on public transport.
CAIRâ€™s New York chapter is also investigating a similar incident in which a Muslim woman was assaulted on a bus in Queens.
In Florida, a transportation official's Facebook post denigrated presumably Middle Eastern man in head scarf.
In Georgia, a high school teacher said she was left a note in class telling her that her hijab “isn't allowed anymore.”
In Minnesota, Muslim students say they were targeted by racist graffiti.
In Michigan, a man was arrested for allegedly yelling ethnic slurs at a Muslim woman and hitting her car.
The Washington-based Muslim civil rights group is asking Muslim community members who believe their rights have been violated to contact local police and CAIR's Civil Rights Department at 202-742-6420 or by filing a report at: http://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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CONTACT: CAIR-MI Legal Director Lena Masri, (248) 390-9784, email@example.com; CAIR-MI Executive Director Dawud Walid, 248-842-1418, firstname.lastname@example.org; CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-744-7726, email@example.com