Islamophobia comes to Castro Valley

CASTRO VALLEY | Several cases of Americans experiencing abuse for their Muslim faith have made national headlines in recent weeks. It appears the East Bay is not immune.

Arab American News reports a woman at Lake Chabot in Castro Valley berated a group of worshipers praying in the park.  “You are very deceived by Satan!” said the woman. A portion of the incident was captured on video, including the woman throwing her coffee at the group.

The Bay Area News Group identified the woman in the video as Denise Slader, 50, a Castro Valley resident who works for the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation. A police reporte was filed following the incident and the Alameda County District Attorney’s office is considering whether in the incident is a hate crime, it was reported.

The confrontation occurred last Sunday afternoon, according Arab American News and quickly devolved.

Albeshari was waiting in the car for his three friends to finish their prayers when he saw the woman, since identified as Denise Slader, confront them. She had been walking on the sidewalk and appeared ruffled that the Muslim men were praying in the park. “She was saying ‘Allah is Satan and you are all murderers,’” Albeshari recalled.

Albeshari approached Slader and began taping the confrontation on his cell phone.“One of my friends was trying to tell her ‘We believe in Jesus. We love Jesus,’” he said.

But those words fueled the woman’s animosity even more. A park ranger disrupted the argument and asked Slader to move away. Instead, she assaulted Albeshari with an umbrella and threw coffee in his face. He captured the tail end of the incident on video.

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