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December 6, 2023

Vermont Shooting Raises More Concerns About Attacks Against Arab Americans

Ask students: How are authorities handling the investigation into the shooting incident? Why are some considering the shooting in Burlington to be a hate crime?

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The shooting of three college students of Palestinian descent has added more fear and concern about a rise in bias, discrimination and violent attacks against Arab Americans and Muslims in the U.S. While the motive is still unclear, some groups argue officials should consider this a hate crime. William Brangham discussed more with Abed Ayoub of the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee.

For a transcript of this story, click here.

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Discussion Questions

  • Who is Jason Eaton?
  • When did the shooting incident take place?
  • How are authorities handling the investigation into the shooting incident?
  • Why are some considering the shooting in Burlington to be a hate crime?
  • Where were the three victims walking when they were attacked?

Focus Questions

How has the rise in Islamophobia and anti-Arab incidents, particularly since the Israel-Hamas conflict, impacted Arab and Muslim communities in the U.S.?

Media literacy: How can students prevent hate crimes?

Extension Activity

Discuss: In what ways does Abed Ayoub suggest local and national leaders can address the rise in hate crimes?

Check out this Student Reporting Labs video on how a passion for food helped a student to appreciate their Arab culture and family.

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Republished with permission from PBS NewsHour Classroom.

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PBS NewsHour Classroom helps teachers and students identify the who, what, where and why-it-matters of the major national and international news stories.

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