October 18th, 2023

Washington, D.C. — The National Council of Asian Pacific Americans (NCAPA) issued the following statement following the murder of six-year-old, Palestinian American, Wadea Al-Fayoume and the attempted murder of his mother by a man reportedly espousing anti-Muslim hate.

We are heartbroken to learn of the murder of Wadea Al-Fayoume and the attempted murder of his mother, Hanaan Shahin in the anti-Muslim attack in Illinois this weekend. We condemn Islamophobia, Antisemitism, bigotry, and hateful rhetoric, in all forms, and understand how conflicts abroad can directly impact the safety of communities here at home.

In this moment, we share in the deep pain and profound sadness currently being felt by many communities across the country as we witness continued violence between Israel and Palestine.

We call on elected officials and the media to unequivocally denounce hate, disinformation, and inflammatory speech. We must stop further tragedy by coming together and advocating for the safety of all marginalized communities during this difficult time.

Based in Washington, D.C., the National Council of Asian Pacific Americans is a coalition of forty-seven national Asian Pacific American organizations that represent the interests of Asian American, Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander (AA and NHPI) communities and to provide a national voice for our communities’ concerns.