California Man Attacked For Being Muslim
A man wearing a black cap and carrying a Koran was struck down on a Sunnyvale, CA street, and public safety officials believe it was because he is Muslim.
He might be the third victim in Santa Clara County this year to fall victim to a reported anti-Muslim crime, according to the county’s Office of Human Relations. Last year there were none.
“They asked him if he was Jewish, and when he said, “No, I’m a Muslim,’ they told him that was worse, you must be a terrorist,” said Capt. Dave Verbrugge, a Sunnyvale Public Safety Department spokesman.
The 40-something man was on his way to a prayer service.
One of the young attackers, described as having blond hair and either in his late teens or early 20s, struck the man “three or four times with the open heel” of his hand,
Verbrugge said. The man fell to the ground, walked home and called for help 20 minutes later. He reported some facial cuts and bruises, but Verbrugge said he declined any medical treatment.
There have been other incidents this year in the same area.
…an April incident at Luther Burbank Elementary School, where a Muslim teacher was called a terrorist, and her room was vandalized; and a March 31 incident at the As-Safa Academy on Latimer Avenue in San Jose, where a woman made derogatory statements and assaulted two Muslim teachers, and was later arrested.Click here for reuse options!
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