CAIR Calls for FBI Investigation of Alleged Bias Crime in Staten Island

May 23, 2005

Source: Staten Island Advance

On May 23, 2005 the Staten Island Advance reported, "the Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR) is calling for the FBI to investigate the purported beating of a Muslim student who is a seventh-grader at New Dorp Christian Academy.

'All we want is justice,' Wissam Nasr, executive director of CAIR New York, said during a press conference yesterday in Brooklyn. 'This is the first step.'

The family of 13-year-old Adel Ghanem of Midland Beach, who claims he was assaulted on Wednesday by another student, reported the incident to CAIR and expects to meet with Nasr today... The incident is being investigated as a third-degree assault, not a bias crime, according to a police spokesman.

The school principal, Dr. Anthony Luciano, told the Advance last week that what he called an 'isolated incident' was under investigation. He could not be reached for comment yesterday."