Muslim Woman Stabbed at KMart
- VIRGINIA MUSLIM STABBED, CALLED 'TERRORIST PIG'
FBI urged to investigate attack on woman wearing head scarf
(WASHINGTON, D.C., 10/6/2003) - The Council on American-Islamic
Relations (CAIR) today called on the FBI to investigate an attack
Sunday on a Muslim woman in Virginia as a possible hate crime.
The Washington-based Islamic civil rights and advocacy group said the
woman, who was wearing an Islamic head scarf, was attacked from
behind in a K-Mart parking lot in Springfield, Va. The white male
teenage attacker allegedly shouted, "you terrorist pig," before
The 47-year-old convert to Islam was treated at a local hospital for
a 2-3 inch deep wound on her lower back. She was released from the
hospital later that same day. Lt. Butch Gamble of the Fairfax County
Police Department told CAIR the incident is being treated as
an "apparent bias crime.' (Anyone with information about the attack
is asked to call Fairfax County Police at 703-691-2131 or Crime
Solvers at 703-691-8888.)
"Unfortunately, we are seeing a rise in Islamophobic attacks that
parallels the ongoing right-wing campaign to demonize Muslims and
Islam," said CAIR Executive Director Nihad Awad. "This smear campaign
is having an impact on those in our society vulnerable to the siren
song of hatred and prejudice. As we have requested many times in the
past, elected officials and other opinion leaders must speak out
against this, and all other forms of religious intolerance."
Since the beginning of the year, CAIR has received a number of
reports of physical assaults against American Muslims (or those
perceived to be Muslim) and Islamic institutions. Those incidents
included a recent arson attack on a Georgia mosque, a cross burning
at a Maryland Islamic school, the kidnapping and beating of a
Massachusetts pizza delivery man whose attackers thought he was
Muslim, and the shooting of a Sikh man in Arizona who may have been
mistaken for an Arab. Similar incidents have been reported in a
number of other states.
Last month, CAIR demanded that federal terrorism charges be brought
against an Illinois man who got off with just two years probation
and "anger management" classes after he bombed a Muslim family's van.
In Florida, a man was sentenced to just 12 years in prison for
plotting to attack some 50 Islamic institutions in that state. CAIR,
America's largest Islamic civil liberties group, is headquartered in
Washington, D.C., and has 16 offices nationwide and in Canada.
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