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Apparently Martin Richard’s message failed to get through to some people.

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The marathon bombings were tragic and reprehensible, but so is this kind of visceral scapegoating.

Heba Abolaban, Muslim Woman, Says She Was Attacked Over Boston Bombings (PHOTO)

The Huffington Post  |  By Posted: 04/18/2013 7:46 pm EDT

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A Muslim woman wearing a hijab said she was attacked in the Boston area by a man who shouted that Muslims had perpetrated the twin bombings that killed three people and wounded about 170 Monday.

Heba Abolaban, a Palestinian doctor who immigrated to the United States from Syria, says she was punched in the shoulder in Malden, Mass., on Wednesday by a man who shouted “F*** you Muslims!” and “You are involved in the Boston explosions,” according to the Malden Patch.

The man, described as a white male in his 30s, allegedly shouted at Abolaban for about two minutes before continuing on his way, Patch reports.

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Boston Bombing Suspects’ Identity Sparks Fear Of Backlash For American Muslims, Sikhs

Posted: 04/19/2013 6:17 pm EDT  |  Updated: 04/19/2013 9:14 pm EDT

WASHINGTON — For Arab-Americans — and people who are mistaken to be Arab — there’s an extra layer of fear that rides along with the frightening news of a possible terror attack: the very real possibility that they will be blamed.

Linda Sarsour, the national advocacy director for the National Network for Arab American Communities, knows it happens. But when the bombs exploded Monday at the Boston Marathon, it was her 13-year-old son who brought that reality home with startling and personal impact.

He did it with a simple text message about an hour after the news broke that asked: “Mom, who did it?”

For Sarsour, it showed just how deeply the fear of guilt by bogus association is embedded in the Arab-American community, even in children born and raised in the United States whose prime obsessions tend to be video games, not race relations.

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How sad that a 13-year-old American boy might now be as at-risk going to school for fear of retribution for something he had nothing to do with as Malala Yousafzai was in Pakistan. Americans wrongly assigning blame and encouraging vigilante justice are no better than the Taliban.

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