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Justice for Khalid

Justice for Khalid

Author Iman Zahra by

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On August 12, 37-year-old Khalid Jabara was shot dead in front of his own house by his neighbor. Jabara was an American of Lebanese Christian descent. His parents immigrated to the United States in the early 1980s.

Stanley Majors, the neighbor, had continuously hurled racial slurs at Jabara and his family. In fact, the family indicated after the shooting that they have been living in constant terror for awhile.

“This suspect had a history of bigotry against our family. He repeatedly attacked our ethnicity and perceived religion, making racist comments. He often called us “dirty Arabs,” “filthy Lebanese,” “Aye-rabs,” and “Mooslems”—a fact highlighted by the Tulsa Police Department, which also heard these comments from the suspect.”

It doesn't stop there. While Haifa Jabara, the victim’s mother, was taking a walk in their neighborhood in 2015, Major ran her over with his car, causing broken bones and other severe injuries.

The police charged him with assault. However, a court released him three months ago pending his trial. This gave Majors, a man with history of hatred and bigotry against anyone from a different ethnic and racial background, a chance to attack the Jabaras again.

Nowadays, Islamophobia is becoming more common than ever ascertain people throw around inaccurate and ignorant claims about Muslims. For that reason, it is important for us to stand together against any injustice towards the Muslim and non-Muslim community.

When the Jabaras lost Khalid, they lost more than a son. They lost their father’s caregiver, who is in need of continuous medical attention.

What’s has been done cannot be changed, but the least we can do is support the Jabaras in their time of need with our donations.

Funds will go towards providing daily home health care for Khalid's father. All additional funds will be donated to advocacy groups focusing on victim's rights, Arab-American relations and interfaith collaboration.

To donate please click here. For further information about the incident follow the link here.

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