By Omar Bihmidine
By Omar Bihmidine
Morocco World News
Sidi Ifni, May 7, 2013
Since the Boston Marathon bombings on April 15, a number of Muslims in the USA have admitted to being targeted, assaulted, or suspected of being terrorists. According to a Muslim advocacy group, an Algerian-American from Cambridge was recently a victim of an Islamophobic attack, the Boston Globe reported on Tuesday.
The assailants accused’ Amine Hadjeres, a 23-year-old college student, of being a “terrorist” and associated him with the Marathon finish line blasts, due to his resemblance with Tamerlan Tsarnaev, one of the real suspects.
“They messed with the wrong dude,” Hadjeres said while trying to ignore the men who were insulting him.
The fight left him bruised on different parts of his body, a Muslim advocacy group reported.
As a reaction to this, the Council on American-Islamic Relations condemned such “intolerant acts” observed in the USA and called on the state and federal authorities to take to court anyone violating hate crime laws.
In this regard, Council spokesman Ibrahim Hooper said, “We urge local, state and federal law enforcement authorities to take the suspects in this case into custody and to bring appropriate charges that reflect the apparent bias motive.”
Here, Hadjeres is not the only one who has suffered assaults. A Somali Muslim taxi driver in Virginia told the same story when he was allegedly assaulted in reference to the Boston attacks.
Any signs of being Muslim are also strongly detested. Two weeks ago, a headscarf-wearing woman was taunted by a man, the council reported.
Given the fact that such terrorist acts still tarnish the West’s image of Islam, more Muslims continue to suffer even though proved innocent of terrorism.