Anti-Muslim Hate Crimes
the muslim community today in condemning the horrific acts of terrorism
in New York and Washington DC. We share the grief and sorrow of
both the victims and their families.
Because innocent civilians aboard the hijacked planes and around
the targeted structures were injured or killed, Muslims recognize
the attack as an act of terrorism similar to attacks against
innocent civilians in Palestine, Kashmir, and Chechniya, and many
others. We look forward to the apprehension of those responsible
for this tragedy. Peace and Justice must prevail!
In the next few days, as well as the weeks that follow, Muslims
must present a unified as well as cautious front in the face of
probable hate crimes and reactions against them. As we learned
from the Oklahoma City bombing and the ensuing response towards
Muslims living in the west, we should be aware of possibly dangerous
situations and also be sure to report any and all hate crimes to
If you have been the victim
of a hate crime, you should ...
- Report the crime to your local police
- Document the incident.
- Act quickly.
If you believe
you have been the victim of a hate crime, you should:
the crime to your local police station immediately. Ask that the incident
be treated as a hate crime. Follow up with investigators.
Inform CAIR even if you
believe it is a “small” incident.
the incident. Write down exactly what was said and/or done by the offender. Save evidence.
quickly. Each incident must be dealth with when it happens, not when convenient
on the appropriate action to be taken. Consider issuing a statement
from community leaders, holding a news conference, organizing
a protest, meeting with officials, or starting a letter writing
community support. Contact CAIR and a local mosque or organization
on top of the situation.
results. When the incident is resolved, make an announcement to the same people
and organizations orginally contacted.
CAIR: The Council of American Islamic