(NEW YORK, NY, 12/8/16) – The New York chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-NY) today welcomed the arrest of Michail Isakharov for allegedly attacking a Muslim woman in Brooklyn last month.Â
The November 14 attack, which took place just six days after President-elect Donald Trumpâ€™s election victory, occurred in the Kensington section of Brooklyn and was one of several post-election incidents targeting local Muslim women. According to police, Isakharov shouted â€œMuslims are not supposed to be driving!â€ before snatching the victimâ€™s phone and grabbing the hijab off her head. Prosecutors have charged Isakharov with aggravated harassment as a hate crime and criminal mischief in the third and fourth degrees.
â€œWe welcome the swift response of the NYPD Hate Crimes Taskforce in this case, and we expect that prosecutors will make this and all hate crimes a priority,â€ said CAIR-NY Executive Director Afaf Nasher. â€œWe hope this arrest helps show that hate crimes will never be tolerated in New York City.â€
â€œWe are grateful for the leadership Mayor de Blasio and the NYPD Hate Crimes Taskforce have shown in responding to this surge in attacks,â€ said CAIR-NY Director of Strategic Litigation Albert Fox Cahn. â€œWe expect to partner with local and state leaders to ensure that every New Yorker can practice his or her faith in safety.â€
Earlier this week, police reported that a uniformed MTA officer – who wears and Islamic head scarf (hijab) â€“ was assaulted by a man who yelled â€œYouâ€™re a terrorist and you shouldnâ€™t be working for the city.â€ The alleged attacker, reportedly shoved the MTA employee down a flight of stairs, injuring her knee and ankle. The NYPD and New York State Division of Human Rights are investigating the attack as a bias incident.
This latest arrest comes just a day after Christopher Nelson, 36, was arrested and for allegedly assaulting an off-duty Muslim NYPD officer – who also wears and Islamic head scarf (hijab) – and her 16-year-old son.Â According to police, Nelson reportedly shoved the officerâ€™s son and shouted, â€œISIS (expletive), I will cut your throat, go back to your country!â€ and â€œgo back to your country.â€ Nelson has been charged with menacing as a hate crime and aggravated assault in the second degree.
On Friday, CAIR-NY 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.
CAIR-NY also recently condemned an apparently bias-motivated attack on Muslim teenagers in Queens 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 Muslim civil rights group is asking Muslim community members to report any bias incidents to police and to CAIR-NY at (646) 665-7599. or by filing a report at: http://www.cair-ny.org/incident-report/ Â Â
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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CONTACT: CAIR-NY Executive Director Afaf Nasher, 917-669-4006, firstname.lastname@example.org; Director of Strategic Litigation Albert Cahn, 571-766-6273, email@example.com, CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-744-7726, firstname.lastname@example.org