CAIR-MI: DAMAGE TO BUSINESSES AND MOSQUES IN DETROIT RAISES WIDER FEARS
As they repaired the broken windows of at least a dozen businesses and mosques along Warren Avenue in Detroit, many Iraqi Shi'ite Muslims wondered Monday if the vandalism was retaliation by local supporters of Saddam Hussein who resented that they celebrated the hanging of the Iraqi dictator.
Sometime late Saturday night or early Sunday morning, someone vandalized at least nine businesses and three mosques, all but one Shi'ite, according to Ali Zwen, manager of the Kufa Cultural Forum, a mosque at Warren and Archdale that sustained $4,000 in damage.
Detroit police have not made an arrest for the vandalism that occurred between Greenfield and a few blocks west of the Southfield Freeway. Most of the area's businesses with Arabic script on their signs were undamaged.
Many of the spared businesses are owned by Iraqi-American Christians, Lebanese Americans and others with Middle Eastern roots. The evidence is largely circumstantial that Shi'ites were targeted, but some of the victims say it is too coincidental. . .
If the motivation for vandalism proves to be what she suspects, it could mark a turning point in metro Detroit's Middle Eastern community.
"This is bad because this would be a situation where people are bringing the tensions of the Middle East into metro Detroit," said Dawud Walid, executive director of the Michigan office of the Council on American-Islamic Relations.