A food pantry, run by the Islamic Circle of North America was ransacked by a vandal last Wednesday. Although the crime was initially thought to be another case in a recent string of robberies, managers of the office noticed that no items were actually taken from the office.
Instead, items such as halal meat were removed from the refrigeration unit and thrown on the floor. Other food items were dumped out, with windows smashed in. The vandal turned security cameras inward, to help mask the attack.
From 11 Alive (Atlanta)
According to ICNA-Atlanta, hundreds of dollars of food went to waste. The organization says it helped assist nearly 24,000 people of all faiths in the year 2015. Police have not identified any suspects in the attack as yet.
An Tulsa man of Lebanese-Christian descent was the victim of a senseless murder, at the hands of a neighbor who had been harassing the family for years. 37-year-old Khalid Jabara was shot and killed by Vernon Majors, who had a disturbing cycle of violence against the Jabara family.
According to family, Majors had previously run over the mother of Khalid, Haifa Jabara – leaving her severely injured. In the past three years, Jabara’s family has sought two separate restraining orders on Majors – one for his mother in 2013, then one for Khalid in 2015. A court filing by prosecutors in May referred to Majors as “a risk to the public” and requested for him to be held without bond. Despite these warning signs, Majors was allowed to remain at large.
According to police, Khalid called them last Friday after learning that Majors had gotten a hold of a gun. Shortly after they were called, it was found that Majors had shot and killed Jabara. Fellow neighbors corroborate the family’s claim of ongoing racial abuse, aimed toward Arabs and Mexicans in the neighborhood.
The Jabara family issued a statement, documenting the pattern of abuse they suffered from Majors throughout the years. “He often called us “dirty Arabs,” “filthy Lebanese,” “Aye-rabs,” and “Mooslems”—a fact highlighted by the Tulsa Police Department who also heard these comments from the suspect.”
Based on this extensive history of racial abuse, it is clear that racism played an extensive role in this entirely preventable murder.
A mother and daughter were the victims of a hateful attack, where an assailant screamed epithets at them, attempting to enter their vehicle. Suzanne Damra and her mother say they have been harassed by this woman on and off for a month.
In the video, the female attacker can be seen attempting to open the car doors while the victims sat inside. She also attempts to grab the rear-view mirror of the car, then starts kicking the vehicle. She repeatedly screams “F*** you ISIS!” during the course of the attack.
According to one of the victims, the most troubling aspect of the story – is that no one helped. Two men were standing and watching as the attack unfolded, and rather than help – they high-fived and congratulated the attacker.
The woman in the video has not been identified as yet. Chicago police are investigating this as an assault.
An Indian immigrant working at a local restaurant, was the victim of a brutal hate crime in Omaha, Nebraska. Suthahar Subburaj was taking out the trash behind the restaurant, when a man started screaming anti-Muslim epithets at him, and referring to him as “ISIS.”
Subburaj, who is Hindu – says he was then knocked unconscious by the attacker, suffering from a fractured nose, a split lip and bruised calf. He was hospitalized, to treat the injuries suffered in the attack. The victim, who is not Muslim – is just the latest example of how Islamophobia affects a wide array of communities.
Sikhs have often been the victims of Islamophobic attacks – as they have often been mistaken as being Muslim, due to their exterior appearance. A Hindu man was pushed off subway tracks in New York in 2012, in a murderous attack stoked on by Islamophobia. Even a Buddhist monk was attacked in Oregon, being misperceived as Muslim.
In Omaha specifically, there has been a concerning uptick in Islamophobia, with the mosque being vandalized four times since August, 2015.
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On June 29th, a group of 5 Somali-American men were leaving late night Ramadan prayers, when they were shot in an apparent bias crime in Minneapolis. They were initially approached and asked about their traditional Somali dress, prompting the assailant to start screaming epithets and racial abuse at them.
The assailant then opened fire on the group of men, injuring two. 26-year-old Anthony Sawina of Lauderdale, MN was arrested and charged with five counts of second-degree assault. He is being held on $750,000 bond inside Hennepin County Jail and is due to appear in court on Monday.
A Staten Island Muslim family received a threatening note at their home, prompting them to notify police on Tuesday. The note stated “I’m going to kill you Muslim b*tches.” Additionally, the note read “You’re ISIS. I’m coming for your baby.” The family, which does have a baby feels threatened and are concerned about returning to their home.
Police are currently investigating the threat, and no assailants have been identified as yet.
A Muslim man was the victim of an apparent hate-inspired attack outside a mosque in Ft. Pierce, Florida. The attacker yelled “You Muslims need to head back to your country” – before violently attacking the man, causing head injuries and knocking out a tooth. 25-year-old Taylor Anthony Mazzanti has been arrested and charged in the attack. He is currently being held on $3,750 bond.
The mosque has garnered negative attention in the past few weeks, as it is purported that the Orlando shooter Omar Mateen periodically attended prayers there. Since the shooting, the mosque has been receiving frequent threats – resulting in a need for added security. A group of bikers organized a “patriot cruise” around the mosque just a week ago.
The St. Lucie County Sheriff’s Office notably refused to provide security for the mosque two weeks back. The mosque also offered to pay for added security from the Sheriff’s Office – however were still denied.
There has been a growing list of anti-Muslim incidents that have taken place after the Orlando attack, including vandalism against mosques and violent attacks. For more information on this story, Click Here:
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