Muslim couple harassed, threatened during incident in which assailant yelled ”˜go back to your f***ing country’
(WASHINGTON, D.C., 6/1/2017) — The Oregon Committee of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-Oregon) today called for hate crime charges in the case of a Muslim couple in that state who were reportedly harassed and threatened during a road incident in Portland.
CAIR-Oregon says the couple was allegedly targeted by a white man in his 30s or 40s in another vehicle who allegedly shouted slurs such as “take the burka off, this is America, go back to your f***ing country.” The alleged assailant also reportedly hung out his vehicle’s window while making hand gestures in the shape of a gun, pulling the “trigger” multiple times.
The Muslim civil rights organization has been in touch with the Portland mayor’s office and local police to seek immediate action in the case.
“Given the recent deadly attack in Portland, we urge the mayor and local law enforcement authorities to swiftly apprehend the alleged perpetrator and to bring any appropriate hate crime charges,” said CAIR-Oregon Committee Member Zakir Khan.
Earlier today, CAIR condemned hate incidents targeting the African-American community in the Washington, D.C., area.
Following the recent deadly attack on train passengers in Portland, CAIR’s national headquarters has called on President Trump to speak out personally against rising bigotry and acts of racial violence in America targeting Muslims and other minority groups.
CAIR 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.
Another CAIR report released last month indicates that the most prevalent trigger of anti-Muslim bias incidents in 2017 has been the victim’s ethnicity or national origin. Eleven percent of incidents have occurred as a result of an individual being perceived as Muslim. A Muslim woman’s headscarf has been a trigger in 8 percent of incidents.
The Washington-based civil rights and advocacy organization urges 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: http://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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CONTACT: CAIR-Oregon Committee Members Zakir Khan, ZakirKhan626@gmail.com, 626-419-0243; Seemab Hussaini, Hussainisaab@gmail.com, 310-948-2040; CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-744-7726, firstname.lastname@example.org