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Slurs Used During Assault on Florida Muslim

In the Name of God, the Compassionate, the Merciful

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SLURS USED DURING ASSAULT ON FLORIDA MUSLIM
Sam’s Club employees, local police reportedly fail to help victim

(CLEARWATER, FL, 1/29/07) – On Tuesday, January 30, the Tampa chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-Tampa) will hold a news conference in Clearwater, Fla., to call for an FBI investigation of an alleged Islamophobic assault on a Muslim shopper at a local Sam’s Club.

The Muslim shopper, who is of Middle Eastern heritage, alleges he was the victim of verbal abuse, threats and physical assault by another customer. During the incident, the assailant allegedly shouted “f**k your Allah,” “f**k your Muhammad,” and other anti-Muslim and racist slurs. The victim also says Sam’s Club employees failed to come to his aid and local police refused to take a report of the assault.

WHAT: CAIR-Tampa News Conference About Islamophobic Incident
WHEN: Tuesday, January 30, 2007, 2:30 p.m.
WHERE: Outside the Clearwater Sam’s Club, 2575 Gulf-To-Bay Blvd., Clearwater, FL 33765

CAIR-Tampa says an anti-Muslim flier was distributed door-to-door recently in the same county as the alleged Sam’s Club assault.

SEE: Anti-Muslim Fliers Handed Out in Pinellas County Neighborhood (Tampa Bay’s 10)

CAIR, America’s largest Muslim 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-Tampa Executive Director Ahmed Bedier, 813-731-9506, E-Mail: abedier@cairfl.org; CAIR-Tampa Communications Coordinator Jamie Hammad, 813-486-2529

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