A six-year-old boy, Palestinian-American stabbed to death by his landlord in Chicago, Illinois, and his 32-year-old mother was injured because they were Muslim.
The victims, who were Palestinian-Americans, were targeted due to their religion and ethnicity. A man, Joseph Czuba, aged 71, has been charged with murder and hate crimes after allegedly stabbing two people in Plainfield, Illinois. The attack was reportedly motivated by the ongoing conflict between Hamas and Israel.
President Biden expressed his condemnation of the attack, describing it as a “horrific act of hate” that has no place in America. He called for unity in rejecting Islamophobia and all forms of bigotry and hatred.
The incident unfolded when a woman made an emergency call, reporting that she was being attacked by her landlord. Law enforcement officers discovered both the woman and the boy with multiple stab wounds when they arrived at the scene. Tragically, the young boy later succumbed to his injuries.
Joseph Czuba has been charged with first-degree murder, attempted first-degree murder, hate crimes, and aggravated battery. The weapon used in the attack was a 12-inch serrated military-style knife.
The victims’ names have not been publicly disclosed, but the boy was identified by the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-Chicago) as Wadea al-Fayoume, and his mother as Hanaan Shahin. Wadea was born in the US, while his mother had immigrated from the West Bank 12 years ago.
CAIR-Chicago’s executive director, Ahmed Rehab, expressed the devastating impact of the attack, emphasizing the atmosphere of hate, otherization, and dehumanization in the United States. He attributed this atmosphere, in part, to what he viewed as irresponsible leadership, one-sided statements, and media coverage.