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Federal Charges Urged in Hate Attack on NY Muslim

In the Name of God, the Compassionate, the Merciful


Attackers: ‘You Muslim terrorist. . .get out of the country’

(WASHINGTON, D.C., 11/2/06) – A prominent national Islamic civil rights and advocacy group today called on the Justice Department to bring federal charges against a number of teens who attacked a Muslim man in Brooklyn, N.Y., Sunday evening.

The Washington-based Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) said prosecutors are calling the attack a hate crime. The victim, who will require reconstructive facial surgery, said: “They were saying you Muslim terrorist. . .get out of the country.”

A court hearing for two of the alleged attackers is scheduled for Friday in Brooklyn Criminal Court.

SEE: Brooklyn Attack Victim Speaks Out (WABC)
SEE ALSO: ADL Condemns Hate Crime Against Pakistani Muslim in Brooklyn

“The viciousness of this attack, coupled with the allegations of bias-motivated slurs should be sufficient to bring federal hate crime charges against the alleged attackers,” said CAIR Legal Director Arsalan Iftikhar.

Iftikhar said that CAIR yesterday called on religious and political leaders to repudiate the growing Islamophobia in American society that can lead to such attacks.

SEE: U.S. Leaders Asked to Repudiate Anti-Islam Hate (CAIR)

A recent CAIR report indicated an almost 30 percent increase in the total number of complaints of anti-Muslim bias from 2004 to 2005.

The complete “The Struggle for Equality” report may be viewed at:

CAIR, America’s largest Islamic civil liberties group, has 32 offices and chapters nationwide and in Canada. 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 Legal Director Arsalan Iftikhar, 202-488-8787 or 202-415-0799; CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-488-8787 or 202-744-7726, E-Mail:; CAIR Communications Coordinator Rabiah Ahmed, 202-488-8787 or 202-439-1441, E-Mail:


Council on American-Islamic Relations
453 New Jersey Avenue, S.E.
Washington, D.C. 20003
Tel: 202-488-8787, 202-744-7726
Fax: 202-488-0833


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