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CAIR-NY Condemns Another Anti-Asian Coronavirus-Related Hate Crime

(NEW YORK, NY, 3/17/2020) – The New York chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-NY), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today condemned yet another coronavirus-related hate crime, this time an alleged assault on an Asian-American woman in Manhattan. 

Police say the assault reportedly occurred on Monday evening while on an Asian woman walking in Midtown Manhattan. Police report the victim was attacked by a woman who blamed her for coronavirus, spit on her and pulled her hair. The suspect was charged with assault as a hate crime and aggravated harassment as a hate crime. 

See: “This is why there’s coronavirus!”: Asian woman spat on, assaulted in Manhattan hate crime

Asian woman assaulted in Manhattan, blamed for coronavirus: cops

In a statement, CAIR-NY Litigation Director Ahmed Mohamed said:

“This is yet another hate attack on a member of the Asian-American community in response to fear surrounding COVID-19. This irrational fear and the resulting attacks are exacerbated by discriminatory statements by irresponsible national leaders. We ask that our nation’s leaders act appropriately and avoid racist statements while we all struggle with the coronavirus pandemic. CAIR-New York condemns the targeting of the Asian-American or any other minority community.”  

Earlier today, CAIR condemned the President’s racist “Chinese virus” tweets. 

SEE: CAIR Condemns Trump’s Use of Racist Dog Whistle ‘Chinese Virus’

In past weeks, CAIR-NY condemned several coronavirus hate incidents.




CAIR’s mission is to protect civil rights, enhance understanding of Islam, promote justice, and empower American Muslims.

La misión de CAIR es proteger las libertades civiles, mejorar la comprensión del Islam, promover la justicia, y empoderar a los musulmanes en los Estados Unidos.


CONTACT: Ahmed Mohamed, CAIR-NY Litigation Director, 646-481-2103,; Afaf Nasher, Esq. Executive Director, CAIR-NY, 917-669-4006,

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