(SANTA CLARA, CA, 11/17/2016) â€“ The San Francisco Bay Area chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-SFBA) today called for a criminal investigation of a vandalism and burglary accompanied by a hate targeting the car of a woman in Fremont, Calif.
On Monday, the woman – who is not Muslim â€“ returned to her car to find the window broken, purse stolen, and a note scrawled on legal paper on the hood of her car and stating: â€œHijab wearing b—– this is our nation now get the f— out.â€
She believes someone watching her noticed the bandana she wears to protect her scalp from the sun because she has Lupus and therefore thought she was wearing an Islamic head scarf, or â€œhijab.â€
California law (Penal Code 422.55 PC) makes it a crime to harm, threaten or harass someone because of that person's actual or perceived race, ethnicity or religion.
â€œCalifornians of all faiths and backgrounds should be free of harassment and intimidation as they go about their daily lives,â€ said CAIR-SFBA Executive Director Zahra Billoo. â€œLocal police should investigate this incident as a possible violation of our stateâ€™s criminal statutes.â€
She said CAIR has noted a spike in incidents targeting American Muslims and other minority groups since the November 8 presidential election.
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.
Billoo noted this is at least the third such incident in the Bay Area of anti-Muslim hate violence in the past week, and one of several targeting minority communities.
The Washington-based Muslim civil rights group is asking Muslim 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: 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.
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