IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact:
Rana Abbas 313-581-1201
BY PROFESSOR AT COMMUNITY COLLEGE
September 26, 2001 [Dearborn, Michigan]
Ahmed Kassim, a
21-year-oldDearborn resident of Yemeni decent, was physically assaulted on
September 13,2001 by his professor at Henry Ford Community College, after
he disagreed with statements that his professor was making against Islam
According to Mr. Kassim, after he tried to explain to his professor, Mr.
Azar, that Islam does not preach hatred or violence, his professor shouted
at him to leave his classroom. When Mr. Kassim continued to try and
explain, and did not make an attempt to leave the class, Mr. Azar grabbed
him by the neck, pulled him from his seat and physically threw him out of
his classroom. He then took his belongings and threw them outside of
the classroom too.
Mr. Kassim explained that his professor seemed to be angry with him, even
before he said anything. "When he walked into the classroom
that day, he had hate in his eyes", he stated. He also
explained that his professor had a book with him titled, "Why I Am
Not a Muslim", which he recommended to the class.!
Mr. Kassim's attorney, Mohammed Abdrabboh, explains
that they "hope that HFCC will
take a zero tolerance approach to this and, at a minimum, fire this
professor immediately. Mr. Kassim and his attorney are exploring all legal
avenues. A police report has already been filed and is pending an
investigation. It is their hope to get the full cooperation of the
College and authorities and send a clear message that this type of ethnic
intimidation will not be tolerated under any circumstances.
Channel 4 (WDIV) has already pursued this story, and will be broadcasting
it tonight at 5:30 PM.آ The Detroit Free Press and the Detroit
News are also covering it.
"It is very unfortunate to hear of such an incident occurring on the
premises of a prominent educational institution, such as Henry Ford
Community College. HFCC should attend to this mater quickly and
uphold its zero tolerance policy, especially as our nation continues to
deal with the impact of this national tragedy, explains Imad Hamad,
ADC Midwest Regional Director.
ADC encourages all Arab and Muslim Americans to be aware of their civil
rights and pursue action, should they fall victim to any type of
intimidation or harassment as a result of the tragedy that struck our
nation on September 11, 2001.