A recent racially motivated assault on an Arab UA student has many in the Islamic community fearing for their safety, in light of misguided anger from the war in Iraq.
President Pete Likins addressed about 50 Muslim students and Islamic community leaders at a meeting Wednesday of the Muslim Students Association, to diminish growing fears sparked by the Feb. 14 attack on a UA student. The Muslim student's life was threatened after two men forced their way into his apartment.
The attack, the only reported hate crime targeting Arab students at the UA since talks of war with Iraq began, is one of less than 30 hate crimes reported at UA post Sept. 11. Yet some said they fear they could face similar situations.