(NEW YORK, NY, 11/14/17) – The New York chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-NY), a leading Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today condemned two attacks on south Brooklyn mosques.
According to police, the hammer-wielding assailant targeted mosques in Bay Ridge and Sunset Park over the weekend.
At approximately 5:20 p.m. Saturday evening, the alleged attacker broke windows and a security camera at the Beit El-Maqdis Islamic Center in Sunset Park, on 6th Avenue near 63rd Street. Some 30 minutes later, the same attacker reportedly targeted the Fatih Camii Mosque, on Eighth Avenue near 60th Street in Bay Ridge.
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“While we are grateful that no one was hurt, it is repulsive that this alleged attacker so systematically targeted Brooklyn mosques,” said CAIR-NY Legal Director Albert Fox Cahn. “We urge anyone with information about the suspect to come forward immediately and report their information to the police.”
CAIR is urging all houses of worship to take extra security precautions using its "Best Practices for Mosque and Community Safety" booklet. The advice in CAIR’s security publication is applicable to religious institutions of all faiths.
A hard copy of the booklet may be requested through CAIR's website at: http://www.cair.com/mosque-safety-guide.html
It may also be viewed at: http://www.cair.com/images/publications/CAIR_Mosque_Safety_Guide.pdf
Community members are asked to report any bias incidents to police and to CAIR-NY at (646) 665-7599, or by filing a report at: http://www.cair-ny.org/incident-report/
CAIR is America's largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization. Its mission is to protect civil liberties, empower American Muslims, and build coalitions that promote justice and mutual understanding.
La misión de CAIR es proteger las libertades civiles, capacitar a los musulmanes estadounidenses, y construir coaliciones que promuevan la justicia y la comprensión mutua.
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