CAIR-NY Seeks Hate Crime Charges for Attack on Muslim Woman Assailants allegedly beat woman they called 'f**king terrorist'
(NEW YORK, NY, 7/9/11) -- The New York chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-NY) today called on state and federal authorities to file hate crime charges against two people who allegedly attacked a Muslim woman, ripped off her religious attire and called her a "f**king terrorist."
The 56-year-old woman says she was attacked Wednesday after asking one of the two alleged assailants to stop taking her picture as she walked down a New York City street. The alleged attackers were charged with assault. Hate crime charges are being investigated.
"An American of any faith or ethnicity should be able to walk down the street without fear of bias-motivated harassment or attack," said CAIR-NY Civil Rights Manager Cyrus McGoldrick. "We urge New York law enforcement authorities and the FBI to bring appropriate hate crime charges in this troubling case."
He said CAIR-NY recently welcomed the filing of hate crime charges against a Brooklynman who allegedly shouted "F****ing Arabs! F****ing terrorists!" as he attacked a Turkish man and his wife who live next door.
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.