May 27, 2024

The stabbing of a Palestinian American in Texas comes after the capturing of three Palestinian Individuals in Vermont on Thanksgiving [Photo by Nick Tre. Smith/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images]

Police in Austin, Texas, stated on Tuesday that they had been investigating a reported stabbing of a Palestinian-American man over the weekend by a white suspect as a “bias-motivated incident” and {that a} hate-crime panel would evaluation the case.

The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) advocacy group stated a gaggle of Muslim Individuals had been driving dwelling from a pro-Palestinian protest on Sunday when the suspect attacked their automobile at a cease signal.

The suspect, recognized by police as Bert James Baker, shouted obscenities, tried to tear a “Free Palestine” flag from their automotive and stabbed a 23-year-old Palestinian-American within the chest, CAIR stated.

Police offered no particulars in regards to the sufferer. His father, Niza Doar, recognized him as Zacharia Doar. The daddy advised a CAIR-hosted press convention on Tuesday his son was making an attempt to subdue Baker when he was stabbed and suffered a damaged rib.

Zacharia Doar underwent surgical procedure and was recovering on the hospital on Tuesday, the daddy stated.

Baker was arrested on Sunday night, booked into county jail and charged with aggravated assault with a lethal weapon, police stated on Tuesday. Baker couldn’t instantly be reached for remark. It was unclear whether or not he had authorized illustration.

“Primarily based on the data we obtained, we consider the February 4, 2024 incident to be bias-motivated and shall be reviewed by the Hate Crimes Assessment Committee,” a police assertion stated.

Human rights advocates cite an increase in Islamophobia, anti-Palestinian bias and antisemitism within the US that started with a Hamas assault on Israel on 7 October through which 1,200 individuals had been killed, in accordance with Israeli tallies.

Israel has responded with a floor and air assault on Gaza, killing 27,708 individuals and injuring an additional 67,147, in accordance with the native well being ministry.

On the CAIR press convention livestreamed from Austin, the sufferer’s father stated his son blamed President Joe Biden for the assault, citing a message from his son to the president saying: “‘In the event you would have known as for a ceasefire three months in the past, this is able to have by no means occurred.'”

Earlier US incidents embody a November capturing of three college students of Palestinian descent in Vermont and the deadly October stabbing of a 6-year-old Palestinian American in Illinois.

Individually on Tuesday, the Muslim Authorized Fund of America stated the US Division of Training was investigating accusations Harvard College failed to guard pro-Palestinian college students from threats. The same probe is beneath method right into a criticism on behalf of Jewish college students. 


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