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CAIR-NY Asks Officials to Repudiate Islamophobia After Man Stabbed for Speaking Arabic

CAIR NY logo(NEW YORK, N.Y., 10/23/15) – The New York chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-NY), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today called on state and national public officials to speak out against growing Islamophobia in America after a man was stabbed in Brooklyn, N.Y., allegedly for speaking Arabic.

Two brothers allegedly stabbed the 41-year-old man in his stomach as he walked with his wife and young son. During the October 16 attack, one of the assailants reportedly said, “I’m going to stab you because you’re Arabic and deserve it.†The alleged attackers face charges including assault as a hate crime.

[NOTE: Speaking Arabic is commonly associated with being Muslim, although many Arabic speakers are of other faiths.]

SEE:Brothers Stabbed Man for Speaking Arabic During Family Walk in Brooklyn

“These types of disturbing incidents are the direct result of the growing anti-Muslim atmosphere in our nation that is increasingly being promoted and exploited by those in or seeking public office,†said CAIR-NY Director of Operations Sadyia Khalique.

She noted that just this week, CAIR was forced to respond to leading Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump’s apparent willingness to close down American mosques, to a Maryland county commissioner’s published anti-Muslim smears, threats to a Tennessee school board member over the teaching of Islam in local schools, and an apparently bias-motivated assault on a Muslim woman in Indiana.

SEE: CAIR Condemns Donald Trump’s Statement on Closing U.S. Mosques   

Video: CAIR Interfaith News Conference on Maryland County Commissioner's Anti-Muslim Smears

Video: CAIR Asks Feds to Probe Death Threats Over Teaching About Islam

CAIR had previously responded to the suggestion by Ben Carson, another leading GOP presidential candidate, that an American Muslim is not fit to be president.

SEE: CAIR Announces Quran Giveaway in Response to Ben Carson’s Anti-Muslim Remarks

Khalique Added that CAIR-NY responded to a similar hate attack in August on a Muslim woman in New York.

SEE: CAIR Asks for Public’s Help with Info About NY Hate Attack on Md. Muslim Woman

CAIR recently released a new brief, called “Toxic Hate,” indicating that rhetorical attacks on the nation's Muslim community in the past year have a “more violent tone” than past spikes in Islamophobic sentiment.

The CAIR brief outlines incidents of violence and threats targeting individual Muslims, threats against groups of Muslims and threats and violence targeting Islamic houses of worship and institutions. It also includes a section on the recent phenomenon of armed anti-Islam demonstrations.

SEE: CAIR's New 'Toxic Hate' Brief Outlines Violent Tone in Recent U.S. Islamophobia  

CAIR has responded to vandalism and hate targeting mosques in Texas, Kentucky, Virginia, Nebraska, Tennessee, Ohio, New York, and other states.

SEE: CAIR Seeks Hate Crime Probe of Vandalism at Texas Mosque

Those incidents fit a pattern of increased hate-motivated crimes and bias incidents nationwide targeting persons and property associated, or perceived to be associated, with Islam and the American Muslim community.

CAIR is asking Muslim community members to report any bias incidents to police and to CAIR's Civil Rights Department at 202-742-6420 or by filing a report at: http://www.cair.com/civil-rights/report-an-incident/view/form.html     

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.

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CONTACT: CAIR-NY Director of Operations Sadyia Khalique, 646-665-7599, 914-266-2122, skhalique@cair.com; CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-744-7726, ihooper@cair.com; CAIR Communications; CAIR Communications Coordinator Nabeelah Naeem, 202-341-4171, nnaeem@cair.com

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