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6-Year-Old Illinois Boy Killed, Mother Injured, in Anti-Muslim Hate Crime

HeadlineOct 16, 2023

In Plainfield, Illinois, a 6-year-old Palestinian American boy was stabbed to death Saturday in his own home in an anti-Muslim hate crime. The boy’s name was Wadea Al-Fayoume. His mother Hanaan Shahin was also stabbed in the attack but is expected to survive. Police have charged Joseph Czuba, who is believed to be the victims’ landlord, with murder and hate crimes. Illinois state Representative Abdelnasser Rashid spoke at a Council on American-Islamic Relations, or CAIR, press conference in Chicago, warning leaders and media that Muslims and Arabs in the U.S. could face more violence due to the handling of the conflict in Gaza and Israel.

Rep. Abdelnasser Rashid: “This was directly connected to the dehumanizing of Palestinians that has been allowed over the last week by our media, by elected officials, who have lacked the moral compass and lacked the courage to call for something as simple as deescalation, as peace.”

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