(NEW YORK, NY, 12/12/07) – The New York chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-NY) today called on the FBI to investigate as a hate crime an alleged bias attack against four Jewish subway riders, who were aided by a Muslim passenger.
The attack on the riders, which resulted in the arrests of 10 people, reportedly prompted a Muslim college student to intervene, giving one the alleged victims enough time to pull the emergency break to alert law enforcement.
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“An unequivocal message must be sent that attacks motivated by bias and hate are un-American and must be prosecuted to the full extent the law,” said CAIR-NY Civil Rights Director Aliya Latif. “We hope the friendship sparked by this incident will continue to promote a commitment to interfaith tolerance and good will.”
CAIR, America’s largest Muslim civil liberties group, has 33 offices, chapters and affiliates 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.
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