September 6, 2017 Posted by Daryl Johnson in Hate Crime-General

FLAGSTAFF, [AZ]--Bigots in Flagstaff, Arizona spray-painted swastikas and set fire to a hookah lounge owned by an Iraqi-American earlier this week. Their message: “Get out.” This week’s vandalism and arson at the Maktoob Hookah Lounge was not the first time owner Aaron Jasim has been threatened by racists. The business owner told the Arizona Daily Sun that he’s received death threats before, including a note that stated “this is not over terorist [sic].” Jasim also believes a man who accosted women in his business last week and called him a “terrorist” after he kicked him out could be a suspect. Fellow Downtown Flagstaff business owners created a GoFundMe for the cleanup of Maktoob, and so far have more than doubled their $1,000 goal. The executive director for the Arizona chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations said they’ve seen rising incidents of Islamophobic hate crimes since Donald Trump was elected president in 2016. View More>>

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