(NEW YORK, NY, 12/2/16) – The New York chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-NY) today condemned an alleged attack on a Muslim woman transit passenger who reportedly shouted President-elect Donald Trumpâ€™s name and Islamophobic slurs during the assault.
The NYPD Hate Crimes Task Force is investigating the alleged attack on the 18-year-old Muslim woman by three men as she was riding in the New York City subway on Thursday evening. Police say the attackers tried to remove her hijab, called her a terrorist, shouted Trumpâ€™s name and told her to get out of the country. The attacker allegedly shouted: “Donald Trump! Donald Trump!” “You f******* terrorist! Get out of this country! You don't belong here!” and “Get that f****** thing off [hijab] your head!”
â€œAmerican Muslims, and particularly men and women who wear religious attire, are being increasingly targeted by hate nationwide in the wake of the November 8 election,â€ said CAIR-NY Executive Director Afaf Nasher. â€œOur elected leaders and local law enforcement authorities must continue to take strong action to protect Muslims and other minority groups in a period of growing Islamophobia and political division.â€
Nasher noted that CAIR-NY recently condemned an apparently bias-motivated attack on Muslim teenagers in Queens.
She added that earlier this month, CAIR-NY called on New York City to take a leadership role in defending Muslim civil rights in the wake of Donald Trumpâ€™s election as president of the United States.
CAIRâ€™s national office has noted a spike in incidents targeting American Muslims and other minority groups since the November 8 presidential election. More than 100 anti-Muslim incidents have occurred across the country according to CAIR and almost 1000 incidents targeting different minority groups have been documented by the Southern Poverty Law Center.
The Washington-based Muslim civil rights organization recently said that newly-released FBI hate crime statistics showing a 67 percent jump in anti-Muslim incidents in 2015 should push the nationâ€™s leaders to repudiate growing Islamophobia.
The Washington-based Muslim civil rights group 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: www.cair.com/report
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.
La misiÃ³n de CAIR es mejorar la comprensiÃ³n del Islam, fomentar el diÃ¡logo, proteger las libertades civiles, capacitar a los musulmanes estadounidenses, y construir coaliciones que promuevan la justicia y la comprensiÃ³n mutua.
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