(NEW YORK, NY, 3/20/2008) – The New York chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-NY) today condemned an apparent bias attack on a rabbinical assistant in Brooklyn.
According to the assistant Rabbi, he was on his way to a lecture in Manhattan Tuesday evening when one member of a group of teenagers grabbed his religious skullcap. The teen who took the skullcap ran into the street, where he was hit by a car. During the incident, other members of the teen’s group allegedly assaulted the assistant Rabbi and shouted “Allah akbar,” an Arabic phrase meaning “God is great.” The teen hit by the car was later arrested. His companions fled the scene.
SEE: Israeli Attacked by Arab Youth in NY (Jerusalem Post)
In a statement, CAIR-NY said:
“We call on law enforcement authorities to investigate this troubling incident as a possible hate crime and to prosecute the alleged perpetrators to the full extent of the law. There can be no excuse for targeting individuals based on their national origin, race, ethnicity, or religion.”
CAIR-NY recently applauded a Muslim who came to the assistance of Jewish subway riders being harassed by a group of men in a “Christmas-versus-Chanukah” dispute.
SEE: CAIR-NY: Muslim Helps Jewish Victim of Bias Attack
Other CAIR chapters nationwide have condemned past anti-Semitic incidents or supported Jewish religious rights.
SEE: CAIR-PA Condemns Anti-Semitic Attack on Jewish Student
SEE: CAIR-LA Condemns Anti-Semitic Attacks
SEE: Muslims Urge Accommodation for Jewish B-Ball Team (CAIR)
CAIR, America’s largest Islamic civil liberties group, has 35 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.
CONTACT: CAIR-NY Civil Rights Director Aliya Latif, 732-429-4268, E-Mail: firstname.lastname@example.org; CAIR-NY Community Affairs Director Faiza N. Ali, 212-870-2002 E-Mail: email@example.com