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Civil Rights Organizations Urge Investigation Into Attack on Muslim Woman

25 August 2014 IslamophobiaToday 10 Comments Email This Post Email This Post


US Muslims Urge Probe of Anti-Veil Attack

A leading US Muslim advocacy group has called for investigating a possible hate-crime attack against a veiled Muslim woman who has been struck in an Indiana store a few weeks ago.

“Without an alternative theory for the motive of the attacker, anti-Muslim bias based on the victim’s ethnicity and religious attire must be investigated by law enforcement authorities,” Ibrahim Hooper, National Communications Director for the Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR) said in a statement obtained by on Saturday, August 23.

Bouchra Bahda, the Muslim mother of two, was attacked form from behind last Ramadan when a young man struck her with a hard downswipe on the shoulder outside a Wal-Mart store in Indiana.

The Muslim woman and her husband, both native Moroccans, were accompanying kids to shopping in the Wal-Mart in Avon where the assault happened.

“What was he thinking?” Abdelhakim Ejjair, the husband who moved to the US in 1998 told Indystar.

“Does he hate Muslims? I just want know what was in his head. What was the reason?”

The attack has left the couple shocked, stressing they have never faced a similar assault in the area.

“She got mad — really, really mad,” Ejjair said, translating for his wife, 42, who speaks Arabic and French but only limited English.

“This has never happened to her in her life.”

Eijair could follow the assailant and catch him, by confronting him the man offered “fight”, an offer that was disdained by the father who feared for the safety of his kids who were watching.

“I was mad and I felt like I wanted to fight him,” he said.

“But my kids were with us, and I thought about what they would think, and I didn’t want to lose everything for pride.”

Peaceful Community

The apparent racial attack has drawn the ire of Indiana’s Westside Muslim leaders who deemed it an “aberration” in the community that used to welcome the growing Muslim community.

“I’m shocked this would happen in a town like Avon, a place with very low crime,” Edgar Hopida, communications director at the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA), said.

“It’s a very peaceful community.”

ISNA’s Hopida said that hate crimes are a reflection of the conflict in the Middle East like the rise of the Islamic State in Syria and the Levant (ISIL).

“What I have seen is that anytime something goes on overseas, or anytime there is an attack in the United States, there typically is some kind of backlash (against Muslims in America),” he added.

Inspecting footages captured by Wal-Mart surveillance cameras, police has identified the suspect as a young male between 15 and 17 years old.

Department spokesman Jeff Ritorto said he has reviewed every police report filed in and around Avon of late and is confident “that this is the only incident of its kind from this area.”

As the police couldn’t locate the suspect, the Muslim couple couldn’t feel safe.

“We just want to be safe,” Ejjair said.

Since 9/11, Muslims, estimated between six to seven million, have become sensitized to an erosion of their civil rights, with a prevailing belief that America was stigmatizing their faith.

An earlier Gallup poll found that the majority of Americans Muslims are loyal to their country and optimistic about their future in the United States.

A recent survey found that American Muslims are the most moderate around the world.

A US survey has also revealed that the majority of Americans know very little about Muslims and their faith.

A recent Gallup poll has found 43 percent of Americans Nationwide admitted to feeling at least “a little” prejudice against Muslims.


  1. And while you’re at it, look into the rabbi in Miami who was murdered. As well as that journalist from New Hampshire. At least you’re still breathing, at least your head was left in tact.

  2. Oh thanks for the tip, Rick. Maybe we should mention this to the Sikh man who was deliberately hit by a car recently because the driver thought he was Muslim.

  3. ^moron, this page is called Americans against islamaphobia

  4. I hope she’s OK.

    And this is the sort of inciting to violence I speak against from these idiots. That’s why I argue against those who think it’s Freedom of Speech to accuse Islam of things that Islam doesn’t endorse. This is what happens when these callous people don’t think responsibly about their hate speech, nor have the integrity to get educated.

    May the find the kid and prosecute him to the full amount of the law. I hope she’s alright and doesn’t think ill of her fellow Hoosiers.

  5. And the man who ran over the Sikh over should himself be ran over! The man beat up this Muslim woman should be beat within an inch of his life. The man who murdered that Egyptian Muslim woman in California should have his head blown off. I am for justice for all Americans and all people worldwide and yet that somehow makes me 1. An Islamophobe 2. A racist 3. An extremist right-winger 4. A colonialist or 5. A Zionist, whatever the fuck that means.

  6. My father’s life was saved by a Muslim cardiologist from Syria. He is a good man, and a devout Muslim. So I don’t care about what your religion is; I care only about what you do.

  7. This is so sad. I’m heart broken. I guess now you know how Christian minorities feel in the middle east?

  8. CAIR is not a leader; more like a slave obedient to the muslim brotherhood.

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