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CAIR Seeks Probe of Bias Motive for Attack on Muslim Woman in Indiana

CAIR-logo(WASHINGTON, D.C., 8/23/14) — The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation's largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today called on law enforcement authorities to investigate a possible bias motive for an attack on a Muslim woman in Indiana.

A man allegedly struck the woman, who is of Moroccan heritage and wears an Islamic head scarf, from behind near the entrance of a Wal-Mart in Avon, Ind., during the recent Muslim fast of Ramadan. Police say store surveillance video confirms the story. The suspect fled and has not been arrested.

SEE: Muslim Woman Attacked in Indiana

“Without an alternative theory for the motive of the attacker, anti-Muslim bias based on the victim's ethnicity and religious attire must be investigated by law enforcement authorities,” said CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper.

Hooper added that CAIR recently asked law enforcement authorities to investigate a possible bias motive for vandalism targeting a Virginia mosque.

Video: Police Probe Vandalism at Virginia Mosque (CAIR)

Last month, CAIR's New York chapter held a news conference at the Islamic Center of Bay Ridge in Brooklyn in reaction to hate incidents, including one in which individuals holding Israeli flags out of a car window screamed at and antagonized worshippers in front of the mosque as worshippers gathered for morning prayers. Police later arrested a suspect in the case.

In response to previous attacks on American mosques and individuals, CAIR published a booklet called “Best Practices for Mosque and Community Safety” designed to be used by mosque officials, Muslim school administrators and other community leaders and activists who seek to identify and eliminate vulnerabilities to bias-motivated attacks.

Community leaders may request a free copy of CAIR's “Best Practices for Mosque and Community Safety,” by going to: http://www.cair.com/mosque-safety-guide.html

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.

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CONTACT: CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-744-7726, ihooper@cair.com; CAIR Communications Manager Amina Rubin, 202-488-8787, 202-341-4171, arubin@cair.com

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