Crimes Against Muslim Americans and Mosques Rise Sharply
After California shootings, Muslim American families struggle with identity.
WASHINGTON, Dec 18 (INP): Hate crimes against Muslim Americans and mosques across the United States have tripled in the wake of the terrorist attacks in Paris and San Bernardino, Californika, with dozens occurring within just a month, according to new data.Christopher Kang is National Director of the National Council of Asian Pacific Americans (NCAPA), a coalition of 35 Asian Pacific American organizations.
The spike includes assaults on hijab-wearing students; arsons and vandalism at mosques; and shootings and death threats at Islamic-owned businesses, an analysis by a California State University research group said. From 2009 to 2015, he served in the White House, as Deputy Counsel and Deputy Assistant to President Barack Obama, Senior Counsel to the President, and Special Assistant to the President for Legislative Affairs. At Tuesday’s Republican debate, the candidates once more took pains to point out that they would speak the dreaded words that President Obama and Hillary Clinton dare not. “We have a president who is unwilling to utter its name,” Ted Cruz said in his opening statement.
She teaches her 8-year-old son, for example, to never utter the words “blow up” at school, regardless of the context, and to never pretend he is playing with guns, even if his friends do. For more than four years, he was in charge of the selection, vetting, and confirmation of President Obama’s judicial nominees, and during his last year and a half, he also advised the President on commutations and issues of executive clemency.
Her son has asked if people hate him and his family, Judeh said, a question she can find difficult to answer after receiving hateful comments and threats because of her hijab. But even before the Paris violence, anti-Muslim sentiment was on the rise, swept along by rhetoric from U.S. presidential candidates — from Republican Ben Carson’s comment in September that Muslims were unfit for the presidency to billionaire Donald Trump’s recent call for a ban on Muslim immigration. He led the legislative outreach and strategy for the confirmations of Supreme Court Justices Sotomayor and Kagan, the Senate’s successful effort to repeal Don’t Ask Don’t Tell, and the reduction of the sentencing disparity between crack and powder cocaine offenses. Levin ran a hate-crimes research group at the university – the Center for the Study of Hate and Extremism – which produced the analysis and provided the results to The New York Times.
So, having established my credentials, I can honestly say that it gives absolutely nothing in the way of an answer or strategy to deal with terrorist attacks. Some Muslim families say they fear a rising tide of hate crimes directed against their faith, such as when a pig’s head was found outside the door of a Philadelphia mosque on Dec. 7, an incident that made national headlines.
Eighteen of the episodes have come since the shooting in San Bernardino on December 2 by a Muslim couple who were supporters of the Islamic State, also known as ISIS or ISIL, which left 14 people dead. View Archive It’s not just Republicans who have decided that Obama’s and Clinton’s unwillingness to use this phrase is a sign of weakness and strategic incoherence. The Council on American-Islamic Relations, which tracks such incidents, says the scale of vandalism, damage and intimidation at American mosques this year is the worst in the six years they have kept records. Levin said that they were similar types of hate-crime attacks. “I’m saddened by this but not surprised,” he said. “Whenever we see inter-group conflicts making headlines, we often see a spike in hate crime accompanying it,” he said.
The most recent episode cataloged by the San Bernardino research group came Tuesday, when a man reportedly pulled a knife on a Muslim woman at a carwash and threatened her. It’s almost like you have to do this thing where you say, ‘I’m so American’, but at the end of the day, what is American?” said Haddad, 27, a cancer research scientist in North Carolina who has a six-month-old daughter. General Assembly focused significantly on that topic: “Today, it is violence within Muslim communities that has become the source of so much human misery. . . .
She likens the predicament to parents wondering when to tell their children Santa Claus does not exist, hoping their innocence will stretch for as long as possible. “9/11 destroyed my childhood innocence,” she said, referring to the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks. “I don’t want to believe that in five years it’ll be this bad or worse.” He said he and his wife, who wears the hijab, take precautions when leaving the house. Which would be a problem if it was a spell and he was Harry Potter, but he’s not, so it isn’t.” Obama and Clinton have chosen not to describe the enemy as “radical Islam” out of deference to the many Muslim countries and leaders who feel it gives the terrorists legitimacy. She encourages questions from teachers and classmates, she said, but sometimes tries to downplay her Muslim and Palestinian background when she is with her American friends. “I feel like I have two identities,” said Al-Marayati. “With my Muslim friends, I feel like I’m not Muslim enough. His foreign minister, Laurent Fabius, explained: “I do not recommend using the term Islamic State because it blurs the lines between Islam, Muslims and Islamists.
The Arabs call it ‘Daesh,’ and I will be calling them the ‘Daesh cutthroats.’ ” The best proof that calling radical Islam by its name provides no solutions is that the Republican candidates had none at Tuesday’s debate. Administration sources tell me that a no-fly zone would require at least 200 U.S. aircraft and would do little to stop the violence, which is mostly conducted on land, with some via helicopters). Arming the Kurds directly would enrage the Iraqi and Turkish governments, as well as many of the Sunni tribes that would have to eventually occupy the lands that are liberated. In fact, the enemy is radical Islam, an ideology that has spread over the past four decades — for a variety of reasons — and now infects alienated young men and women across the Muslim world.
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