Muslim Woman Threatened With Gun

Muslim Woman Threatened With Gun

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An apparent hate crime in my home away from home. Two different news articles describe what appears to be a hate crime against a young Muslim women in the Sate of Michigan, in a n area with a large Muslim population; large enough to elicit the insulting nonsensical pejorative neologism of Dearbornistan upon one of its cities.

Muslim woman threatened with gun

Ann Arbor — A 21-year-old Muslim woman said she was the victim of a hate crime as she drove along State Street on Sunday morning. The woman, who wears a head scarf, or hijab, told Ann Arbor police she was in her car at the intersection of State Street and Eisenhower Parkway when a driver in a black Dodge Ram truck behind her started honking and later pulled up beside her, where he hurled insults.

“I laughed about it, honestly, because it happens so much wearing a scarf that it didn’t bug me,” said Aisha. The Detroit News is not using her last name because of her fears of retaliation. The comments, she said, included “You don’t belong here,” “You are a terrorist” and “Your people need to be killed.”

Aisha said she dialed 911 on her cellphone and when she looked back, saw that the driver was pointing a handgun at her.

The woman, a nursing student, also reported the incident to the Council on American-Islamic Relations, which asked the FBI to investigate.

“No people in America, be they Christian or a part of a religious minority, should be subjected to such threats because of their religion or faith,” said Dawud Walid, executive director for CAIR Michigan. “For any individual to be taunted because of their religion and have a firearm pointed at them is a hate crime in our mind. This is an individual who’s a threat not just to Muslims, but to society at large, and they need to be apprehended.”

Detroit News, 8 August 2011

CAIR-MI Asks FBI to Probe Threat Against Muslim Driver
Man allegedly shouts racial slurs, points handgun at woman wearing Islamic scarf

(SOUTHFIELD, MI, 8/7/11) — The Michigan chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-MI) today called on the FBI to investigate an alleged bias-motivated threat against a Muslim woman driver this morning in Ann Arbor.

The 21-year-old Muslim woman, who is of Palestinian heritage and wears and Islamic head scarf (hijab), reported to CAIR-MI that a white male driving a truck pulled up to her vehicle while she was stopped at a red light and began honking his horn. According to the Muslim driver, the alleged assailant then shouted racial slurs such as “You don’t belong here,” “Your people need to be killed,” and “You’re a terrorist.” She also reported that the alleged assailant swerved his vehicle toward hers and pointed a handgun at her.

After the assailant reportedly saw the victim using her cell phone to call 911, he sped off. The victim provided the Ann Arbor Police Department with the alleged assailant’s license plate number. (It is not clear in which state the vehicle is registered.)

Video coming soon, Insha’Allah.

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