ADL Condemns Shooting of American Soldiers at Army Recruiting Center in Arkansas
New Orleans, LA, June 2, 2009 … The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) today strongly condemned the shooting of two uniformed American soldiers – one of whom was killed – at an army recruiting center in Arkansas. The suspect in the shooting, a U.S.-born convert to Islam, apparently targeted the soldiers because of what he believed the U.S. military "had done to Muslims in the past."
Cathy Glaser, ADL South Central Regional Director, issued the following statement:
The murder of one American soldier and the wounding of another in Arkansas may have been a tragic manifestation of violence on our shores triggered by the war on terrorism we are fighting in Iraq and Afghanistan. The alleged perpetrator, Abdulhakim Mujahid Muhammad, reportedly had a large arsenal of weapons in his car, and told police that he was angry about the killing of Muslims and "would have killed more soldiers had they been in the parking lot."
While there is no preliminary indication that Muhammad acted at the direction of any organized terror group, according to the FBI, he studied jihad during a trip to Yemen. We are concerned that he may be one more in a line of homegrown Islamic extremists, and urge federal investigators to be vigilant in rooting out his connections.
It is important in the aftermath of this horrific tragedy that we ensure that no one of the Islamic faith is blamed or singled out for hatred or prejudice based on the actions of this individual.
The Anti-Defamation League, founded in 1913, is the world's leading organization fighting anti-Semitism through programs and services that counteract hatred, prejudice and bigotry.