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CAIR-Michigan Calls for Hate Crime Probe After Muslim Woman Forced to Remove Hijab

CAIR MI logo(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.

SEE: Woman Forced to Remove Hijab After Man Threatens to Set Her on Fire in Ann Arbor

“Our nation’s leaders, and particularly President-elect Donald Trump, need to speak out forcefully against the wave of anti-Muslim incidents sweeping the country after Tuesday’s election, said CAIR-MI Executive Dawud Walid.

SEE: Post-Election Spate of Hate Crimes Worse Than Post-9/11, Experts Say

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: Muslim Woman and Her Family Assaulted in Columbus Traffic

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. 

CAIR’s Kansas chapter is investigating alleged threats to Muslim university students.

SEE: KU Muslim Students Claim They Were Threatened

In New Mexico, a Muslim woman says she was attacked in a university library.

CAIR: Muslim Woman Reports Attack in UNM Library

In California, a woman was harassed on public transport.

SEE: Woman Accosted on Bay Area Train: 'Trump might deport you'

CAIR’s New York chapter is also investigating a similar incident in which a Muslim woman was assaulted on a bus in Queens.

SEE: Muslim Woman Says She Was Told to 'Take That Disgusting Piece of Cloth Off' Her Head on Queens Bus

Muslim Women in Hijabs Report Harassment, Intimidation Following Election

In Florida, a transportation official's Facebook post denigrated presumably Middle Eastern man in head scarf.

SEE: Florida Transportation Official's Facebook Post Denigrates Man in Headscarf

In Georgia, a high school teacher said she was left a note in class telling her that her hijab “isn't allowed anymore.”

SEE: Muslim Gwinnett Teacher Told to 'Hang Yourself' With Her Headscarf

In Minnesota, Muslim students say they were targeted by racist graffiti.

SEE: 2nd High School Investigated for Racist Graffiti

In Michigan, a man was arrested for allegedly yelling ethnic slurs at a Muslim woman and hitting her car.

SEE: Jogger Exposes Self to Muslim Woman, Yells Ethnic Slurs: Police

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:

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 misión de CAIR es mejorar la comprensión del Islam, fomentar el diálogo, proteger las libertades civiles, capacitar a los musulmanes estadounidenses, y construir coaliciones que promuevan la justicia y la comprensión mutua.

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CONTACT: CAIR-MI Legal Director Lena Masri, (248) 390-9784,; CAIR-MI Executive Director Dawud Walid, 248-842-1418,; CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-744-7726,

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