NAACP Condemns Chicago Hate Crime Of Killed Palestinian Child
The NAACP has released a formal statement condemning the hate crime that resulted in the murder of a Palestinian-American child Oct. 14 in Chicago.
Wadea Al-Fayoume was 6 years old when his life was taken just over a week after his birthday, according to CNN. The elementary schooler was targeted due to his Palestinian Muslim identity in a moment of Islamophobia in light of the recent attacks between Israel and Palestine. His family hails from the West Bank, a territory of the nation-state.
The landlord of his family’s apartment, Joseph Czuba, attacked the Al-Fayoumes in a fit of hatred, stabbing the young boy 26 times and his mother more than a dozen times. While the mother of the young child is expected to recover from her critical condition, her son died at a local hospital, causing an immense outcry for peace and justice nationwide.
In response to the egregious murder, the NAACP CEO and president Derrick Johnson expressed the organization’s grief over the kindergartner’s untimely death.
“Once again, the proliferation of misinformation and hateful conspiracy theories has resulted in a
life lost far too soon. Today, the NAACP grieves the loss of six-year old Wadea Al-Fayoume. No one
should face the threat of violence in their own home, and we must do everything in our power to
stop hate wherever it rears its ugly head,” said Johnson. “The NAACP is committed to combating hate and
speaking out against any act that threatens the safety of our most vulnerable communities. There is no place for hate in a democracy.”
The nonprofit also took to social media to share their sentiments, stating that “hateful conspiracies theories” sparked the violent act.
The tragic murder of 6-year-old Wadea Al-Fayoume has sparked outrage across the nation as the spread of misinformation and hateful conspiracy theories continues to result in lives lost far too soon.
— NAACP (@NAACP) October 16, 2023
For his crimes, Czuba has been detained and charged with first-degree murder, attempted first-degree murder, two counts of a hate crime, and aggravated battery with a deadly weapon. A federal hate crimes investigation into the killing is also underway.