Tue 25 Jun 2024 11:06 am - Jerusalem Time

Biden is "very upset" by the attempt to drown a Palestinian child in America

US President Joe Biden said he was "deeply upset" by reports of an attempt to drown a 3-year-old Palestinian-American girl in a swimming pool, adding in a post on the X platform that no child should be subjected to a violent attack.

The Texas State Police charged a woman named Elizabeth Wolfe (42 years old) with attempted premeditated murder for trying to drown a 3-year-old Palestinian-American girl. The police said that they believe the incident was motivated by bias and that the suspect made racially motivated statements.

The incident occurred last May, but received media attention yesterday, Monday, after the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) provided support to the victims and issued a press statement.

According to police records, the Palestinian mother and her two children, ages 3 and 6, went into the swimming pool in their residential complex. Records indicated that Wolfe entered the pool after asking the veiled mother where they were from.

She stated that Wolf fired racist statements at the mother, attacked her, pushed the three-year-old little girl under the water and tried to drown her, and also tried to grab the six-year-old boy.

Paramedics rushed to the scene and medical authorities confirmed that the children were safe.

For its part, the Council on American-Islamic Relations called in a statement to consider the incident a hate crime, and demanded the protection of the family involved and the entire Muslim community in America.

For her part, the mother said: “We are American citizens of Palestinian origin. I do not know where we should go to be safe,” and added, “There is war in my country, and hatred here.”

She added: "My child is psychologically traumatized. She runs and hides every time I open the door."

Human rights defenders have monitored an increase in rates of Islamophobia and bias against Palestinians in the United States since the outbreak of the Israeli aggression on the Gaza Strip.

Other American incidents that occurred during the Gaza war include a stabbing incident in October in which a six-year-old boy was killed in Illinois, and police said it was a targeting because he was of Palestinian American origin.

A Palestinian-American man was stabbed in Texas in February, in an incident that police said qualified as a hate crime. The shooting incident, targeting three students of Palestinian origin in Vermont in November, was considered a suspected hate crime.

The Council on American-Islamic Relations reported in data it presented in April that 8,061 complaints were received from Muslims regarding incidents of discrimination and hate in America in 2023.

It pointed out that 3,578 complaints were received in the last three months of 2023 with the start of the Israeli aggression on the Gaza Strip.


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