Three Palestinian students were shot for wearing their country’s traditional keffiyeh scarves in Vermont, USA.

The three boys – identified as Hisham Awartani, Kinnan Abdel Hamid and Tahseen Ahmed – were in Burlington for Thanksgiving holidays when they were targeted and injured, leaving one critically wounded.

The victims, aged 20, were students of Harvard University, Brown University and Trinity University.

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According to the police, they were walking while visiting the home of one of the victim’s relatives when they were confronted by a white man with a gun.

“Without speaking, he discharged at least four rounds from the pistol and is believed to have fled,” Burlington Police Chief Jon Murad said in a statement.

“The fact is that we don’t yet know as much as we want to right now,” he added. “But I urge the public to avoid making conclusions based on statements from uninvolved parties who know even less.”

According to a statement released by the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee, the victims were Palestinian American college students and that there is “reason to believe this shooting occurred because the victims are Arab.”

It further revealed that a man shouted at and harassed the three young men, who were chatting in Arabic, and then shot them.

The FBI Albany, New York, posted a statement on X (formerly Twitter) stating that they are
“actively” investigating the case with the Burlington Police Department, ATF and other federal, state and local agencies.