(NEW YORK, NY, 9/16/17) — The New York chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-NY), a leading Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today called on the public to assist in identifying a suspect who allegedly assaulted a 53-year-old man near the Dekalb Avenue L train station because he was Muslim.
On Wednesday, an unidentified suspect reportedly making anti-Muslim remarks slapped the cell phone from a man’s hand and then proceeded to punch him in his neck. According to police, the attack was carried out in broad daylight, around 8:30 a.m., on the busy corner of Wyckoff Avenue and Stockholm Street.
“We have a responsibility to help keep our city safe for all New Yorkers,” said CAIR-NY Executive Director Afaf Nasher. “Hate crimes continue to surge and predators are emboldened to act as if there will be no serious consequence for their atrocious acts. We must be vigilant and help to secure justice for this victim and all who experience hate violence.”
Earlier, CAIR-NY condemned a second anti-Muslim attack that occurred on the same day against two Jewish women who were misconceived as Muslim because of their head covering. The attacker, who violently punched the women repeatedly, was swiftly apprehended.
CAIR-NY and the American Muslim community have in the past expressed solidarity with Jewish, Christian, Native American, African-American, and Sikh communities in New Mexico, Florida, South Carolina, Maryland, Alabama, Massachusetts, South Dakota, Ohio, Texas, and other states following acts of hate, threats, violence, vandalism, arson, or bombings. Last month, CAIR-NY condemned racist vandalism at a Long Island school.
Community members are asked to report any bias incidents to police and to CAIR-NY at (646) 665-7599, or by filing a report at: http://www.cair-ny.org/incident-report/
CAIR is America’s largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization. Its mission is to protect civil liberties, empower American Muslims, and build coalitions that promote justice and mutual understanding.
La misiÃ³n de CAIR es proteger las libertades civiles, capacitar a los musulmanes estadounidenses, y construir coaliciones que promuevan la justicia y la comprensiÃ³n mutua.
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