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CAIR-CAN Urges Hate Probe of Muslim School Vandalism

(OTTAWA, CANADA - August 22, 2007) - The Canadian Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-CAN) today urged Peel Regional Police to investigate the acts of vandalism at Islamic Society of North America (ISNA) High School in Mississauga, Ontario as a possible hate crime.

On Sunday night the school was attacked for the second time in less than a month. Vandals threw a slab of concrete into the school's control room, where lighting and temperature are regulated.

In a letter to Peel Regional Police CAIR-CAN wrote, "Two violent attacks against the ISNA High School in less than a month indicates the building may be the target of hate-motivated vandals."

The most recent attack occurred while 100 people were congregating in the school's prayer hall.

"Anyone remotely familiar with ISNA High School knows that it is an institution that Muslims regularly attend. This fact should compel police to investigate the attack as a hate crime.

"With reoccurring attacks against faith-based schools hate legislation should include religious centers, organizations and schools. Currently only places of worship are covered under the law," said Sameer Zuberi, CAIR-CAN Communications Coordinator.

On Sept. 15 ISNA High School is inviting the community to an open house as part of Doors Open Mississauga.

SEE: Muslim School Targeted By Vandals (The News Mississauga)

CONTACT: Sameer Zuberi, CAIR-CAN Communications Coordinator; (613)-795-2012 or (613) 254-9704.


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