NY: VANDALS WRITE HATE MESSAGES IN MOSQUE
Vandals broke into a Brentwood mosque and left hate-ridden messages on the walls and doors, officials said yesterday.
The Shah-e-Najaf Islamic Center of Suffolk County’s president discovered the writings at around 9 a.m. when he returned to the mosque after several weeks in Pakistan, said Syed Naqvi, the head of the mosque.
On one wall, the burglars wrote “white power” and drew a large swastika using a black marker.
“Don’t bother calling 911,” they wrote somewhere else.
“I never expected something could happen in our Brentwood area,” Naqvi said.
The Suffolk Police Hate Crimes Unit is investigating the incident as a burglary and has not specified it as a hate crime, police said. A spokesman for the police department said the unit is involved because the crime took place at a house of worship.
The burglars appeared to have entered through the roof, Naqvi said. He said that nothing had been taken.
Naqvi said the mosque hasn’t experienced any such incidents in the past.
“It’s out of expectation here,” he said.