By Kanishka Singh
(Reuters) – The stabbing of a Palestinian-American man in Austin, Texas, over the weekend meets the definition of a hate crime and native prosecutors will decide fees, Austin police mentioned on Wednesday.
The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) advocacy group mentioned a bunch of Muslim Americans have been driving house from a pro-Palestinian protest on Sunday when the suspect attacked their car at a cease signal.
The suspect, recognized by police as Bert James Baker, shouted obscenities and stabbed a 23-year-old Palestinian-American in the chest, CAIR mentioned.
Baker was arrested on Sunday, booked into county jail and charged with aggravated assault with a lethal weapon, police mentioned. He couldn’t be reached for remark.
A police assertion on Wednesday mentioned the police Hate Crimes Review Committee had decided the incident met the definition of a hate crime. It mentioned native prosecutors will decide any additional fees.
The sufferer’s father, Nizar Doar, recognized the sufferer as Zacharia Doar. The father advised a CAIR-hosted press convention on Tuesday his son was attempting to subdue Baker and suffered a damaged rib. The son had since undergone surgical procedure.
Human rights advocates cite an increase in Islamophobia, anti-Palestinian bias and antisemitism in the U.S. that started with a Palestinian Hamas assault in Israel on Oct. 7 in which 1,200 individuals have been killed, in keeping with Israeli tallies.
Israel has responded with a floor and air assault on Hamas-ruled Gaza, killing greater than 27,000 individuals, in keeping with the native Palestinian well being ministry.
Previous U.S. 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.