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CAIR Offers Reward for Info on Anti-Muslim Assault Targeting Arabic-Speaking Couple in Maryland

(WASHINGTON, D.C., 8/15/2017) — The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today offered a $1,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person who allegedly made derogatory remarks about Muslims before assaulting a man who he reportedly heard speaking Arabic with his wife.

Police say the alleged attack occurred in Rockville, Md., on Sunday as the man and his wife were speaking Arabic to each other while walking on a sidewalk. The man suffered minor injuries in the assault. The Montgomery County Police Department described the alleged attacker as a white man, about 37 to 43 years old, 5 feet 10 inches tall, with a muscular build. He was reportedly wearing a black vest over a white t-shirt and blue jeans. Police are investigating the incident as a hate crime.

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“We hope offering this reward will lead to the arrest of the person who allegedly assaulted this couple solely because of their perceived faith,” said CAIR Maryland Outreach Manager Dr. Zainab Chaudry. “This alleged assault comes at a time of increasing attacks on American Muslims and members of other minority groups in Maryland and across the country.”

Earlier this month, CAIR’s Minnesota chapter offered a reward for information on a bombing targeting a mosque in that state.

Video: CAIR Sees Spike in Hate Messages Following Minnesota Mosque Bombing

CAIR has noted an unprecedented spike in hate incidents targeting Muslims and other minority groups since the November 8 election. A recent CAIR update on anti-Muslim incidents in the second quarter (April-June) of 2017 indicated that the number of hate crimes in the first half of 2017 spiked 91 percent compared to the same period in 2016

SEE: CAIR Report Shows 2017 on Track to Becoming One of Worst Years Ever for Anti-Muslim Hate Crimes

The Washington-based Muslim civil rights organization recently released a report showing a 57 percent increase in anti-Muslim incidents in 2016 over the previous year. This spike in anti-Muslim incidents was accompanied by a 44 percent increase in anti-Muslim hate crimes during the same period.

SEE: New CAIR Report Shows More than 50 Percent Spike in Anti-Muslim Incidents

CAIR Islamophobia Monitor: Anti-Muslim Bias Incidents 2017 Quarter One Update

In response to the spike in hate crimes, CAIR launched an app to share critical “know your rights” information and to simplify the process to report hate crimes and bias incidents. CAIR is urging American Muslims and members of other minority groups to download the app and utilize this resource to stay informed and empowered.

For a quick download of CAIR’s civil rights app, click here: http://www.cair.com/app      

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 misión de CAIR es mejorar la comprensión del Islam, fomentar el diálogo, proteger las libertades civiles, capacitar a los musulmanes estadounidenses, y construir coaliciones que promuevan la justicia y la comprensión mutua.

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CONTACT: CAIR Maryland Outreach Manager Dr. Zainab Chaudry, zchaudry@cair.com, 410-971-6062; CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-744-7726, ihooper@cair.com 

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