Who is Hisham Awartani Brown? Palestinian Students Shot

Hisham Awartani Brown is a 20-year-old Palestinian man who alonside with two colleagues, were shot at in a suspected hate crime in Burlington, Vermont.

News broke on the afternoon of Sunday, November 26th 2023 about three Palestinian men being shot at in a suspected hate crime.

According to initial reporting on the case, two of the three young students are in the ICU at the University of Vermont Medical Center whilst the other is receiving treatment for ‘critical and serious’ injuries.

The three Palestinian students attacked in the Burlington shooting have been identified as Mr. Hisham Awartani of Brown University; Mr. Kinnan Abdalhamid of Harvard University; and Mr. Tahseen Ahmed of Trinity University. 

In this article, we present the information we have about the shooting of Hisham Awartani Brown and his two Palestinian colleagues in Burlington, Vermont.

Let’s dive in!

Who is Hisham Awartani Brown?

hisham awartani brown

Hisham Awartani Brown is a Palestinian-American student who was shot at in a suspected hate crime attack in Burlington, Vermont.

Awartani and two colleagues, Kinnan Abdalhamid Tahseen Ahmed – all 20 years of age – were hanging out together in Burlington when they were shot at.

All three received injuries but luckily survived the attack.

Hisham Awartani, one of the three, is a student of Brown University, according to his LinkedIn page.

News of the stunning attack was reported on X by Husam Zomlot, head of the Palestinian Mission to the United Kingdom.

In a strong statement condeming the attack, he wrote: “Three young Palestinian men, Hisham Awartani, Tahseen Ali and Kenan Abdulhamid, students at Brown and other US universities, were shot last night on their way to a family dinner in Burlington, USA. 

“Their crime? Wearing the Palestinian keffiyeh. 

“They are critically injured. And Six weeks ago, 6-year old Palestinian child was stabbed 26 times in a hate crime in Illinois. The hate crimes against Palestinians must stop. Palestinians everywhere need protection,” he wrote.

Mentioned in his tweet was the President of the United States, Joe Biden and the U.S. Secretary of State, Anthony Blinken.

The Ramallah Friends School, a Quaker-operated school located in the West Bank city of Ramallah and the alma mater of all three, also extended their sympathies to the three victims.

“While we are relieved to know that they are alive, we remain uncertain about their condition and hold them in the light,” the school said in a statement shared on Facebook.

“We extend our thoughts and prayers to them and their families for a full recovery, especially considering the severity of injuries—as Hisham Awartani has been shot in the back, Tahseen in the chest and Kinnan with minor injuries.”

The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the United States’ largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, announced Sunday that it was offering a $10,000 reward “for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the perpetrator or perpetrators.”

“Due to the unprecedented spike in anti-Muslim and anti-Palestinian hate and violence we have witnessed in recent weeks, local, state and national law enforcement authorities must investigate a possible bias motive for the shooting of these three young men,” said CAIR National Executive Director Nihad Awad, in a statement posted to the organization’s website.

“We hope our reward will result in information leading to an arrest in this case.”

According to WCAX, police have not yet identified a suspect in the shooting or taken anyone into custody.

ADC Statement on Shooting of Hisham Awartani Brown and two other Palestinian Students

The Arab American Anti-Discrimination Committee (ADC) released a statement on the shooting.

It can be read below…

Earlier this morning ADC was aware of the shooting of three Palestinian-American, Arab students in Burlington, VT. After reviewing the initial information provided we have reason to believe this shooting occurred because the victims are Arab. 

All three victims survived the initial shooting, however two of them are currently in ICU, and one of the students has sustained very critical and serious injuries. 

The full extent of injuries is unknown at this time.  

The students, each of them 20 years of age, are Mr. Hisham Awartani of Brown University; Mr. Kinnan Abdalhamid of Harvard University; and Mr. Tahseen Ahmed of Trinity University. 

The students gathered together to enjoy Thanksgiving break.

According to the information provided the three victims were wearing a Kuffiyeh and speaking Arabic. 

A man shouted and harassed the victims, then proceeded to shoot them. 

ADC calls on law enforcement in Vermont to investigate this shooting as a hate crime. 

In addition, ADC has reached out to the Department of Justice (DOJ) and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) to also call on an immediate hate crimes investigation. 

ADC National Executive Director Abed Ayoub said, “We are praying for a full recovery of the victims, and will stand by to support the families in any way that is needed. Given the information collected and provided, it is clear that the hate was a motivating factor in this shooting, and we call on law enforcement to investigate it as such. The surge in anti-Arab and anti-Palestinian sentiment we are experiencing is unprecedented, and this is another example of that hate turning violent.”

More information will be provided once available. 

If you or someone you know is in immediate danger please call 911. If you’d like to report a hate incident that has occurred please email [email protected].

Burlington hate crime shooting

Hisham Awartani of Brown Uni, Tahseen Ali and Kenan Abdulhamid

Three Palestinian students were injured after a shooting in Burlington, Vermont on Saturday evening.

Burlington Police responded to reports of shootings at around 6:30 p.m and found two men suffering from gunshot wounds when they arrived and found a third victim a short distance away.

No shooter has been identified yet.

Th injured men were transferred to the University of Vermont Medical Center, where they are being treated for non-fatal injuries.

The three students were later identified as Hisham Awartani, Kinnan Abdel Hamid and Tahseen Ahmed – all Palestinian Americans and college students.

Hisham Awartani is a student at Brown University, Hamid studies at Haverford College and Ahmed attends Trinity College.

There has been a documented increase in Islamophobic hate crimes since war broke out between Israel and Hamas. 

Between October 7 and October 24, there was a 182% increase in requests for help and reports of bias from any comparable period last year, according to the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR).

A recent grisly example of this was the stabbing of six year old Palestinian boy, Wadea Al-Fayoume.

Al-Fayoume stabbing

A 6-year-old Palestinian American boy was stabbed to death in his Illinois home by his landlord last month.

His mother, Hanaan Shahin, 32, was stabbed more than a dozen times. She is at a hospital and is expected to survive.

A spokesperson for the U.S. Attorney’s Office of the Northern District of Illinois, based in Chicago, said that the office had opened a federal hate crime investigation into the stabbings to determine whether the suspect violated federal law.

“I am heartbroken by the abhorrent killing of Wadea Al-Fayoume, a 6-year-old child who died after being stabbed 26 times with a military-style knife,” Attorney General Merrick Garland said in a statement Sunday. 

“On behalf of the entire Justice Department, I want to express my deepest condolences to his family and his community as they grieve his loss.”

President Joe Biden denounced the stabbings, saying: “This horrific act of hate has no place in America.”

“The child’s Palestinian Muslim family came to America seeking what we all seek—a refuge to live, learn, and pray in peace,” he said.

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