CAIR-NY Seeks Federal Charges for Hate Attacks on Muslim Student
(NEW YORK, NY, 10/12/2010) -- The New York chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-NY) today called for federal hate crime charges to be brought against four teenagers who allegedly taunted and attacked a Muslim classmate because of his faith.
The Muslim student at Markham Intermediate School says he was called a "terrorist," punched and spat on by the alleged attackers over a period of many months. The four alleged attackers were charged Sunday with assault and aggravated harassment as a hate crime.
"We urge federal authorities to intervene in this case and to bring appropriate hate crime charges," said CAIR-NY Civil Rights Director Aliya Latif. "The growing phenomenon ofIslamophobia in our society must be addressed at the national level."
On Saturday, CAIR's national headquarters announced the launch of a department devoted to addressing the alarming rise of Islamophobic sentiment in American society. The Washington-based Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization says anti-Islam rhetoric often leads to physical attacks on American Muslims or their institutions.
CAIR is America's largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization. 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.