Dec. 29, 2012
/PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The nation's largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization today repeated its call for America's political and religious leaders to speak out forcefully against growing anti-Muslim hate in our society after a
woman was arrested for allegedly pushing a man to his death on the tracks of a subway station because she thought he was Muslim.
chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-NY) said the alleged killer, who has been charged with second-degree murder as a hate crime, told police the attack was "an act against Muslims" and cited the 9/11 terror attacks as a motive for her actions. Her alleged victim was reportedly Hindu, not Muslim.
SEE: Woman Accused of Hate-Crime Murder in Subway Push (NY Times)
"We again urge our nation's leaders to speak out forcefully against the rising level of anti-Muslim hate in American society that is being fueled and exploited by a vocal minority of Islamophobes," said CAIR-NY Executive Director
Awad cited other recent hate incidents targeting Muslims or Islam:
* A designated hate group headed by blogger
is placing Islamophobic advertisements in transit systems nationwide, including in
subway stations. CAIR-NY reached out to the transit authority with concerns that the ads might incite violence.
Video: Hate Group Opposes CAIR 'MyJihad' Campaign
SEE: Pamela Geller Islamophobe Profile
man of Afghan heritage was stabbed repeatedly outside a mosque by an attacker shouting anti-Muslim comments. A friend of the victim reported that the alleged attacker said "he doesn't like Muslims."
SEE: Attacker Screamed Anti-Muslim Rant (NY Daily News)
* Two teens beat a 70-year-old
man after asking him if he was Hindu or Muslim.
SEE: Queens Man Beaten After Being Asked If He was Hindu or Muslim
office released a video highlighting anti-Muslim hate preached at a recent
event at a school in that state, which included claims that American Muslims "will kill your children" and that "we are in war with Islam."
CAIR: Tea Party Anti-Muslim Hate Comes to Ohio School
chapter welcomed news that the
man charged with intentionally setting fire to a
mosque in September pleaded guilty.
CAIR-OH Welcomes Guilty Plea in Toledo Mosque Arson
San Francisco Bay Area
office called for increased community vigilance after a man reportedly entered a mosque in
, claimed he had a gun, and threatened to kill everyone inside the house of worship.
Video: Man Enters Calif. Mosque, Threatens to Kill Everyone Inside
chapter called on federal law enforcement authorities to consider bringing charges against a man arrested for vowing to "shoot as many people as possible" at a local mosque.
Video: CAIR Seeks Federal Charges for Threat to Texas Mosque
* In New Jersey, white supremacists faced hate crime charges for allegedly attacking several men of Egyptian descent in 2011. One of the alleged attackers wrote on a website: "(W)e went to hunt down some sand n**gers, it was me and my other bro on like 6 or eight and we whooped them."