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CAIR-Philadelphia Seeks Ethnic Intimidation Charge for Incident Targeting Muslim Woman

(PHILADELPHIA, PA, 11/7/17) – The Philadelphia chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-Philadelphia) today called on law enforcement authorities in Pennsylvania to consider bringing an ethnic intimidation charge against a man who allegedly told a Muslim woman “all terrorists should be shot” and then made motions and sounds like an automatic weapon.

Point Township, Penn., police say the Muslim woman was targeted by the man as she waited outside a Northumberland County store on Saturday. The Muslim woman — who took a cell photo of the man and his vehicle, and wrote down his license plate number — told a local media outlet that she “was not sure if he had a gun.”

SEE: Police Probing ‘All Terrorists Should Be Shot’ Comment Made to Muslim Woman

“Based on the alleged bias-motivated actions of the perpetrator, we urge local and state law enforcement authorities to consider bringing an ethnic intimidation charge in this case,” said CAIR-Philadelphia Executive Director Jacob Bender.

He noted that in Pennsylvania, “ethnic intimidation” is an offense outlined in Title 18, Section 2710 of the state’s criminal code. 

SEE: Title 18, Section 2710 

CAIR said it has witnessed an unprecedented increase in hate incidents targeting American Muslims and members of other minority groups since the election of Donald Trump.

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:

CAIR recently 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:

CAIR is America’s largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization. Its mission is to 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-Philadelphia Executive Director Jacob Bender, 917-660-3805,; CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-744-7726,


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