CASTRO VALLEY -- A group of Muslims will talk about some of the misunderstandings and attacks they have faced recently Jan. 30 at a community forum.
The panelists will discuss the basics of Islamic faith, common misconceptions and Muslims' opinions about the Islamic State, or ISIS. Anti-Muslim sentiment has been on the rise since the Nov. 13 attacks in Paris and the Dec. 2 attack in San Bernardino by Muslim extremists.
In December, a group of Muslims praying at Lake Chabot park were allegedly confronted by a woman accused of making anti-Islamic slurs and throwing coffee in a man's face. Denise Slader, of Castro Valley, faces two misdemeanor charges in connection with the confrontation: battery on park property and violation of civil rights, considered a hate crime.
The panel discussion is being sponsored by the Eden Area Interfaith Council, a consortium of East Bay religious groups.
The forum will be 1 p.m. Jan. 30 at the Castro Valley Library, 3600 Norbridge Ave.