(NEW YORK, NY, 2/2/19) — 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 an apparent bias-motivated attack on a Muslim woman in Long Island City.
Police released video of a man who allegedly spat on the Muslim woman, who was wearing an Islamic head scarf (hijab). The incident is being investigated as a hate crime and police are offering a reward of up to $2,500 for information leading to the perpetrator’s arrest.
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“New Yorkers of all faiths should be able to go about their daily business without fear of bias-motivated attacks,” said Afaf Nasher, executive director of CAIR-NY. “Unfortunately, we have seen an increase in the targeting of all minority communities in recent years.”
She said CAIR has reported an unprecedented spike in bigotry targeting American Muslims, immigrants and members of other minority groups since the election of Donald Trump as president. CAIR has repeatedly expressed concern about Islamophobic, white supremacist and racist Trump administration rhetoric, policies and appointments.
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Bias incidents should be reported to police and to CAIR-NY at (646) 665-7599, or by filing a report at: http://www.cair-ny.org/incident-report/
CAIR’s mission is to protect civil rights, enhance understanding of Islam, promote justice, and empower American Muslims.
La misiÃ³n de CAIR es proteger las libertades civiles, mejorar la comprensiÃ³n del Islam, promover la justicia, y empoderar a los musulmanes en los Estados Unidos.
CONTACT: CAIR-NY Executive Director Afaf Nasher at firstname.lastname@example.org or 917-669-4006