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MSA National Condems Recent Attack on Palestinian Students in Greensboro, North Carolina

(WASHINGTON, D.C., 1/26/07) – The Muslim Students Association (MSA) - National expresses deep concern and condemnation of the reported attack on three Palestinian students at Guilford College in Greensboro, North Carolina, by five football players at the school on the morning of January 20th, 2007. We echo the concern that students have been expressing across the U.S. and Canada over the last week.

News reports indicate that the victims were beaten with fists, feet and brass knuckles early Saturday by attackers who called them "terrorists" and used racial slurs, the News & Record of Greensboro stated Tuesday. "It was the most horrific experience of my life," Omar Awartani (one of the three victims) told the News & Record. "This was a horrible, unprovoked hate crime."

“We are very concerned by the recent trend of increased hate crimes directed at Arab and Muslim students on campuses across North America, as indicated by this incident and the recent incident at UCLA” said Mohamed Sheibani President of MSA National.

We applaud the University’s efforts in decisive and immediate action in dealing with this incident. MSA National also urges both the university and the law enforcement authorities to deal with this incident as a hate crime, and to take the necessary action to stem the tide of hate-filled actions against Arab and Muslim students.

Action Items:

  1. MSA National urges all students across the U.S. and Canada who are concerned about their safety and those of other students to call the Greensboro District Attorney at (336) 574-4313 and the North Carolina FBI Special Agent in Charge, Nathan T. Gray, at (704) 331-4510 and express the following:
    • Request that the law enforcement prosecute the assailants as perpetrators of a hate crime.
  2. Email the University President Kent Chabotar at chabotar@guilford.edu and express the following:
    • Express your appreciation to the university administration for acting promptly following this incident highlighting their commitment to ‘the welfare of students, the maintenance of a welcoming and safe environment, and the accountability to core values that include community, diversity, equality, integrity and justice.’
    • Request the university administration to organize various programs including sensitivity training for staff and students in order to promote diversity and tolerance to minority students, including Muslims and Arab Americans, and to prevent similar incidences in the future.

For more information, please contact:
manager@msanational.org
Office: (703) 820-7900
Cell: (913) 709-8663
P.O. Box 1096
Falls Church, VA 22041

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The Muslim Students Association National, headquartered near Washington D.C., has been serving Muslim students on college and university campuses across the United States and Canada since 1963. There are an estimated 150,000 Muslim students and over 600 MSA chapters on university and college campuses throughout the United States and Canada.

For more information, please contact us at 1-703-820-7900 or visit the MSA National website at www.msanational.org.