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Racial Slur Used During Assault on NY Muslim


(WASHINGTON, D.C., 1/17/07) – The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) today called on local, state and national law enforcement authorities to investigate an attack on a New York Muslim as a possible hate crime.

CAIR said the attack took place early Sunday morning outside a Lackawanna, N.Y., restaurant. The victim, a 26-year-old man of Yemeni heritage, said one of the white male assailants called him a “f**king Arab” as the attack began. Another attacker allegedly picked the victim up from behind and threw him to the ground, rendering him unconscious.

The victim says he suffered a fractured nose and a fracture under one eye. He also received staples on the back of his head and six stitches on his face.

A representative of the local office of the FBI told CAIR that the case is being evaluated.

“Given the circumstances of the attack, law enforcement authorities should investigate a possible bias motive and apply all relevant hate crime laws to the case,” said CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper.

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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