Winter Hate Report: Mosques vandalized, Muslim student assaulted in Portland, 70-year old Indian woman attacked in her motel

Last week, violence targeting Indian Muslims in Delhi left at least 42 people killed. The violence comes after a series of unjust and exclusionary actions by the right wing BJP government, including the passing of the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) and establishment of the National Register of Citizens (NRC) and is a disturbing development in the overall rise of Hindu nationalism. SAALT, along with 24 South Asian organizations, issued a statement condemning the hate-fueled violence and the state’s role in it, calling on community members to speak up against the ideology of Hindutva, which is essentially a belief in Hindu racial and cultural superiority. Similar to white supremacy, which South Asians (including Hindus) in the United States contend regularly with, Hindutva threatens the rights, bodies, freedoms, and livelihoods of non-Hindus in India.

Elected officials and government representatives continue to overtly and politically weaponize Islamophobic rhetoric within the United States. SAALT has recorded 3 incidents of xenophobic and Islamophobic rhetoric since December 31st, 2019.

SAALT and its partners have tracked 307 incidents of xenophobic or Islamophobic rhetoric, and 548 incidents of hate violence victimizing Muslims and those perceived as Muslim, since 2015.

SAALT is continuing to work with partners to address Islamophobia within the U.S., the subcontinent, and the ways in which they impact each other. Find our statement with Indian American Muslim Council (IAMC), Equality Labs, Stand with Kashmir, Hindus for Human Rights (HfHR), Sadhana: Coalition of Progressive Hindus, DesiQ Diaspora (DQD), Sakhi for South Asian Women, South Asia Solidarity Initiative, Students Against Hindutva (SAH), Atlanta Kashmiri Community, Alliance of South Asians Taking Action, Burmese Rohingya Community of Georgia, The Sikh Coalition, Council Of Peoples Organization, API Chaya, Desis Rising Up and Moving (DRUM), South Asians Building Accountability & Healing (SABAH), India Home, Sikh American Legal Defense and Education Fund (SALDEF), Chhaya CDC, Coalition of Seattle Indian-Americans (CSIA), South Asian Workers’ Center — Boston, National Queer Asian Pacific Islander Alliance (NQAPIA), Jakara Movement here.

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