5589Islamophobia USA: California State's Muslims report more hate incidents - Ocean Register, USA
- Jul 29, 2005State's Muslims report more hate incidents
Council on American-Islamic Relations finds complaints
up in 2004, though fewer involve racial-profiling
By ANN PEPPER
The Orange County Register
Hate incidents reported by California Muslims
increased by about 38 percent in 2004 over the
previous year, the highest number of annual cases ever
reported to the Council on American-Islamic Relations,
a 7-year-old Muslim civil-rights group.
At the same time, CAIR's annual report, released
Wednesday in Anaheim, showed that, overall, the
state's Muslims felt the law was more fairly applied
to them in 2004.
Complaints of racial or religious profiling, verbal
harassment or denial of service dropped from 32
percent of the cases reported in 2003 to 15 percent
"We in no way want to portray, by sharing this
information, that California Muslims feel under
siege," said Ra'id Faraj, a CAIR spokesman.
"We view this report in many ways as positive," Faraj
said. "That discriminatory application of the law has
decreased is a tremendously positive thing."
The greatest increase in complaints - up from 7
percent of all cases in 2003 to 28 percent in 2004 -
came from Muslims who felt they had been victims of
"unreasonable arrests, detentions, searches, seizures
Faraj said cases were deemed "unreasonable" if someone
was treated in an extraordinary fashion - such as
being stopped and interrogated for five hours solely
based on perceived ethnicity.
"If the situation is somehow related to a crime, that
is completely different."
In their complaints, Muslims told of being verbally
harassed or discriminated against at their schools,
workplaces, at housing and government agencies, and in
public places such as airports.
One woman told of a man who approached her and asked,
"Do you have sex with your hijabon?"
She said he pulled down her hijab, or head scarf, and
said, "You look so sexy; your mother must have been a
CAIR received a total of 307 California complaints in
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