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Local Muslims Fear Being Targets of Discrimination Following Recent Attacks

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SACRAMENTO--

In the wake of two recent terror attacks that ended dozens of lives in Paris and San Bernardino, some local Muslims say fear and frustration has reached an all time high.

"Its just weird. You feel more alert — more worried — than [after] 9/11," said Nasser Taschta.

Taschta worries the attacks committed by radicalized Muslims will incite unwarranted violence.

"Those bad events, or all this bashing, may cause some people to do stupid things or attack. So now I'm cautious — alert for my kids, for my wife [and] for myself," Taschta said.

Some feel, instead of protecting American Muslims, presidential candidate Donald Trump, is turning against them after he proposed blocking Muslims from entering the US.

"Many women have come to me expressing there is real fear and anxiety and some of them are refusing to leave the house anymore," said counselor Nassiba Cherif.

Many Muslim women are fearful religious headscarves could make them targets of discrimination.

"It's severe enough that some women feel they have to choose between wearing the hijab or removing it which is a very difficult choice," said Cherif.

Interfaith leaders want local Muslims to know they are not alone.

"The message is that we all live in the same house we just came in different doors," said Jon Fish, president of the Interfaith Council of Sacramento.

Fish organized an event called "United We Stand" in hopes of uniting the community.

The event is Monday at 6:30 p.m. at the Salam Center in Sacramento County.

Community leaders will stand together to support the Muslim community.