Special Advisory: Be Cautious, Report Hate Crimes and Discrimination Immediately
Washington, DC | www.adc.org | April 18, 2013 -- As a result of a recent increase in attacks and discrimination targeting Arab and Muslim Americans following the bombing in Boston, the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee (ADC) is asking that all members of the affected communities exercise extreme caution and immediately report any incidents of harassment, abuse, or violence by first calling 911, and then contacting ADC.
ADC reiterates that equal protection and due process rights are afforded to everyone in the United States, including non-citizens.
A succession of attacks in the past two days suggests that bigoted rhetoric and poor reporting has manifested into apparent hate crimes. Last night in New York a Bangladeshi man was taunted and beaten for looking Arab. Today a Palestinian woman in Boston was assaulted and aggressively harassed while walking with her baby. The man who assaulted her screamed “'F___ you Muslims! You are terrorists! I hate you! You are involved in the Boston explosions! F___ you!'”
Earlier today we posted a statement online, since then more incidents have been reported to us by our members. A photo of a 17-year-old Boston high school student of Arab descent was featured on the front page of the New York Post - the Post called him a "suspect" without having any evidence. The student contacted the Boston police and was able to clear his name.
ADC will work with the Department of Justice (DOJ) and appropriate law enforcement agencies to pursue and prosecute all hate crimes.
ADC calls on the members of the Arab, Muslim, South Asian, and Sikh American communities to take the following into account:
• If you are placed in phy