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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Anti-Moslem Attacks Roll Across the U.S.

BRIDGEVIEW, Illinois -- Dozens of anti-Moslem attacks were reported throughout the United States in an ugly backlash to the terror attacks in New York and Washington.

Police turned back 300 marchers -- some waving American flags and shouting "USA! USA!" -- as they tried to march on a mosque in a Chicago suburb late Wednesday.

Three demonstrators were arrested, said Bridgeview Police Chief Charles Chigas. There were no injuries and demonstrators were kept blocks from the closed Moslem place of worship.

"I'm proud to be American and I hate Arabs and I always have," said 19-year-old Colin Zaremba who marched with the group.

In Chicago, a Molotov cocktail was tossed Wednesday at an Arab-American community center. No one was injured in the attack.

"The terrorists who committed these horrible acts would like nothing better than to see us tear at the fiber of our democracy and to trample on the rights of other Americans," said Illinois Governor George Ryan.

In Huntington, New York, a 75-year-old man who was drunk tried to run over a Pakistani woman in the parking lot of a shopping mall, police said. The man, Adam Lang, then followed the woman into a store and threatened to kill her for "destroying my country."

In Asbury, New Jersey, Ramandeep Singh, a Sikh who wears a turban, said he had garbage and stones thrown at his car and stayed home from work.

A mosque in Lynnwood, Washington, was vandalized and no one showed up for afternoon prayers at the Islamic Center of Spokane.

In a Washington state prison, a fight broke out during television reports of the attacks. A sheriff's spokesman said that one inmate loudly criticized Moslems and then a Moslem inmate threw him to the floor, causing cranial hemorrhaging.

Tamara Alfson, an American working at the Kuwait Embassy in Washington spent Wednesday counseling frightened Kuwaiti students attending schools across the United States.

"Some of them have already been harassed. People have been quite awful to them," said Alfson, an academic adviser to roughly 150 students.

One student was told: "You should all die," said Alfson. Another was moved to avoid a harassing bus ride to class.

In a show of patriotism, members of the Islamic community in southern Florida registered with blood services to donate Wednesday.

"You feel the pain twice: Once because of what has happened and once because of the looks you get," said Sami Al-Arian, an engineering teacher at the University of South Florida.

Abu Nahidian, director of the Manassas Mosque in Virginia, said his congregation has been the target of insults and hate messages left on the office answering machine.

"We have some recordings in our tapes that say, ?We hate you so-and-so Moslems and we hope you die."'

Several other incidents were reported in Canada, where five school children with Arabic-sounding names were assaulted in Oakville, Ontario and a Montreal mosque was firebombed.

n?While Moslems' lives were clearly changed, also changed were the lives of people who had nothing to do with the Islamic world, but who might appear alien to untutored American eyes, according to a report by The New York Times. Indian women chose not to wear their flowing saris. Sikh men, with their religiously prescribed beards and turbans, reported being accosted.

They said they were apparently being mistaken as followers of Osama bin Laden, pictured on television with a turban of a different sort.

"Quite frankly, it's worse for us because they keep showing these pictures of bin Laden on television,'' said Mandeep Dhillon, a California lawyer and an advocate for Sikh rights. "It's making us incredibly vulnerable.''

Amrik Singh Chawla, a financial services consultant, was chased by three men in Lower Manhattan as he was trying to flee the flames and mayhem after Tuesday's attack. Chawla sprinted onto a train and landed in Brooklyn, where he slipped into a shop, stuffed his turban into his briefcase and wore his hair in a ponytail for the rest of the day.

n?In Australia, a school bus carrying Moslem children was stoned and vandals tried to set fire to a Lebanese church in apparent acts of retaliation for the terrorist attacks in the United States, officials said. Nobody was injured.