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CAIR: NJ Muslim Assaulted by Man Shouting Islamophobic Slurs

In the Name of God, the Compassionate, the Merciful

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

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NJ MUSLIM ASSAULTED BY MAN SHOUTING ISLAMOPHOBIC SLURS
CAIR-NJ says incident may be tied to reports of alleged Fort Dix attack plot

(PRINCETON, NJ, 5/17/07) – On Friday, May 18, the New Jersey chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-NJ) will hold a news conference in reaction to an alleged assault on a Muslim woman in Fairview, N.J., by a man shouting Islamophobic slurs.

CAIR-NJ officials believe the assault may have been prompted by the recent arrests of six Muslims who were allegedly plotting to attack Fort Dix. The alleged assailant reportedly shouted: “You (expletive) Muslims are here to bomb this country, you should all die. I want to kill all of you Muslims.”

At the news conference, CAIR-NJ will commend local law enforcement authorities for how they have handled the case so far and will ask that the alleged perpetrator be prosecuted to the full extent of the law. CAIR-NJ will also call for FBI involvement in the case. A witness to the assault is scheduled to appear at the news conference.

WHAT: CAIR-NJ News Conference Reacting to Assault on Muslim Woman
WHEN: Friday, May 18, 11 a.m.
WHERE: CAIR-NJ’s Office, 475 Wall Street, Princeton, NJ
CONTACT: CAIR-NJ Communications Director Afsheen Shamsi, 908-938-5990, E-Mail: ashamsi@cair.com

CAIR-NJ is currently investigating several reports of anti-Muslim backlash following the Fort Dix plot arrests.

The Herald News newspaper reports today that a man ‘has been charged with committing a bias crime after allegedly shouting racial slurs at a Hispanic Muslim woman while he sat in traffic on a busy roadway.’

SEE: Hispanic Muslim Woman Was Target of Bias Crime (Herald News)

Friday evening, CAIR-NJ will co-host an open house and town hall meeting at the Islamic Center of South Jersey (ICSJ) in response to the alleged Fort Dix plot. Elected officials and representatives of law enforcement agencies will take part in the event.

WHAT: Open House, Town Hall Meeting at Islamic Center of South Jersey
WHEN: Friday, May 18, 7 p.m.
WHERE: Islamic Center of South Jersey, 612 Garfield Avenue, Palmyra, NJ
CONTACT: CAIR-NJ Communications Director Afsheen Shamsi, 908-938-5990, E-Mail: ashamsi@cair.com

We invite people of all faiths to meet their Muslim neighbors and to understand that Islam does not condone acts of terror, said CAIR-NJ Communications Director Afsheen Shamsi.

Shamsi said the town hall meeting will also give local Muslims an opportunity to interact with government officials.

CAIR, America’s largest Islamic civil liberties group, has 33 offices and chapters nationwide and in Canada. 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.

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CONTACT: CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-488-8787 or 202-744-7726, E-Mail: ihooper@cair.com; CAIR Communications Coordinator Rabiah Ahmed, 202-488-8787 or 202-439-1441, E-Mail: rahmed@cair.com; CAIR Communications Coordinator Amina Rubin, 202-488-8787, E-Mail: arubin@cair.com

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Tel: 202-488-8787, 202-744-7726
Fax: 202-488-0833
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