Loading ...
Sorry, an error occurred while loading the content.

Muslim Woman Stabbed at KMart

Expand Messages
  • ummyakoub
    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
    Message 1 of 1 , Oct 6, 2003
    • 0 Attachment
      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
      running away.

      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.

      - END -

      CONTACT: Ibrahim Hooper, 202-488-8787 or 202-744-7726, E-Mail:
      cair@...; Rabiah Ahmed, 202-488-8787 or 202-439-1441, E-
      Mail: rahmed@...


      *********************************************************************

      NEWS AND VIEWS DISTRIBUTED HERE ARE THE AUTHOR'S RESPONSIBILITY
      AND DO NOT NECESSARILY REFLECT THE OPINION OF WORLD VIEW NEWS SERVICE

      To subscribe to this group, send an email to:
      vwns-subscribe@yahoogroups.com

      NEWS ARCHIVE IS OPEN TO PUBLIC VIEW
      http://groups.yahoo.com/group/vwns
    Your message has been successfully submitted and would be delivered to recipients shortly.