Muslims Feel Bias Backlash After Fort Dix Arrests

May 29, 2007


Source: The Star-Ledger

Raed Allan says he loves America.

"It's a country of freedom -- freedom of speech, freedom of religion, a chance to make a living," said the 34-year-old Jordanian-born gas station owner from Wayne, in Passaic County. The slight, soft-spoken father of four says "there're no negative things about this country -- except what happened."

On May 15, Allan and his mother were in Fairview, in Bergen County, picking up his aunt to take her to the airport. As they were loading the car about 8 p.m., a man walked up to them and began aggressively cursing them.

The man started pushing Allan, saying, "You Muslims are in this country to bomb us," Allan said. "You should all die. I want to kill all of you Muslims."

When Allan's 55-year-old aunt, Eida Abdel-Rahman, said she was going to call the police, the man turned around and "punched her in the face," Allan recalled.