CAIR asks that assault on NY imam be prosecuted as hate crime


NEW YORK – The New York chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-NY) today called on the Manhattan District Attorney’s office to prosecute an alleged bias-motivated attack on an imam, or Muslim religious leader, as a hate crime.

The incident began on the A-train early yesterday morning near Canal Street. One perpetrator allegedly used racial and religious slurs, including calling the imam a “camel jockey” and shouting, “F*ck all you Muslims. All of you are terrorists,” during the verbal and physical assault.

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CAIR-NY has been in touch with the victim and the NYPD Hate Crimes Task Force and will continue to monitor the case. The police task force has called for hate crime charges in the case.

Other recent anti-Muslim incidents nationwide include an arson attack on an Oregon mosque, a bias attack on an Oregon Muslim inmate, the beating of a California Sikh mistaken for a Muslim, a bias attack on Muslim women in Seattle, a racist attack on worshipers at a Canadian mosque, an attack on a New York Muslim mother and child, the arrest of New York teens who allegedly harassed a Muslim student because of his faith, and the defacement of a South Carolina mosque.