CAIR-FL: REGIONAL MUSLIM LEADERS DENOUNCE PLOT, WARY OF BACKLASH
Even as they denounced the terror plot in London, South Florida Muslim leaders braced for a possible backlash because of suspicions that Muslim terrorists were behind it.
"In the past, when there have been incidents in the world that have Muslim involvement, there are repercussions here at home," said Altaf Ali, executive director of the Florida chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations. "It's almost automatic."
After past terrorist incidents, such as the July 2005 bombings of London's public transport system, local Islamic centers were vandalized or received threatening phone calls and letters, Ali said.
On Thursday, CAIR fielded calls from concerned Muslim leaders from across the region, Ali said.
"They want to find out if indeed this plot was planned by Muslims so they can start preparing for the backlash," Ali said. "We are encouraging the community to step up security, just in the event that someone decides to take out their anger on the community."