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Group: Attacks on U.S. Muslims Rising Ahead of War

Hate crimes against Arab-Americans have increased in the run-up to a possible war with Iraq, said a group that has begun distributing to Muslim communities across the country safety lists that include tips on how to deal with bomb threats. “People are scared out there,” Ibrahim Hooper, a spokesman for the Council on American-Islamic Relations, said on Tuesday. “There have already been a number of attacks on Muslims and Islamic centers.” Among other incidents, projectiles were shot at a mosque in Chicago, shattering a window while people were praying, and a Muslim father and his sons were attacked in New Jersey by people who shouted, “go home terrorist,” Hooper said. “We’ve really seen an increase in these kind of things since the pro-war rhetoric has really heated up,” he said. “Add to that the existing anti-Muslim rhetoric and the combination is really volatile.” Full Story

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