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Muslim Worker Threatened in South Carolina

FBI asked to probe incident as possible hate crime

(WASHINGTON, D.C., 4/2/07) – A prominent national Islamic civil rights and advocacy group today called on the FBI to investigate alleged threats against a Muslim worker in South Carolina as a possible hate crime.

The 66-year-old Muslim worker told the Washington-based Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) that fellow employees at a BMW Manufacturing Co. plant in Spartanburg, S.C., have repeatedly made Islamophobic comments such as, 1) “Muslims are no good. They should all be killed,” and 2) “We will f**k up your family, we’ll kill you all.” Other comments allegedly disparaged Islamic attire and suggested that Muslim women be raped.

According to the Muslim employee, one of the abusive co-workers confronted him in a facility restroom on March 31st and put a box-cutter to his throat, saying: “I’ll slice your throat and kill you.”

The Muslim employee says company officials did not take appropriate action against the assailant when the incident was first reported. A report has been filed with the Spartanburg County Sheriff’s Office (case number 2007040040).

“We call on local authorities and the FBI to investigate this disturbing incident as a possible hate crime,” said CAIR Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper. “Americans of all faiths should be free from threats and intimidation in the workplace.”

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 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:; CAIR Communications Coordinator Amina Rubin, 202-488-8787, E-Mail:


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