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BREAKING: CAIR-NY Condemns Apparent Hate Vandalism Targeting Long Island Mosque

(NEW YORK, N.Y., 8/28/2021) – The New York chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-NY), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today condemned apparently bias-motivated vandalism targeting a Long Island mosque.

Law enforcement authorities are looking for a man who threw urine and garbage on the front door of the Faizan-e-Aisha mosque in Hicksville, N.Y.

Surveillance video shows a man walk up to the front door of the mosque and toss shovels of garbage and urine on the door. While the vandalism reportedly occurred Aug. 13, it was not reported until Thursday because the same man allegedly returned and threatened people who came to pray at the mosque. The incident is being investigated as a possible hate crime.

SEE: Man tosses shovels of garbage, urine onto front door of Long Island mosque

https://abc7ny.com/mosque-vandal-vandalism-hicksville/10980952/

Police probing incident at Hicksville mosque as possible bias attack

https://longisland.news12.com/police-probing-incident-at-hicksville-mosque-as-possible-bias-attack

In a statement, CAIR-NY Executive Director Afaf Nasher said: 

“This type of apparently bias-motivated attack on a house of worship is absolutely unacceptable and should be condemned by political and religious leaders of all backgrounds. As we approach the anniversary of the September 11, 2001, attacks, we must all stress national unity and mutual understanding, not division and hatred.”  

She noted that earlier this month, CAIR-NY condemned hate vandalism of a Long Island Sikh temple and a hate attack against a 13-year-old Sikh boy, which also occurred on Long Island. 

SEE: CAIR-NY Condemns Pro-Trump Hate Vandalism of Long Island Sikh Temple 

Last month, CAIR-NY condemned a series of anti-Muslim attack in Queens.

SEE: CAIR-NY Condemns 3rd in Series of Anti-Muslim Hate Crimes in Queens, Urges Anyone with Info to Call Police

In its latest mid-year report, CAIR found that anti-Muslim hate crimes have increased this year.  

SEE: CAIR’s 2021 Mid-Year Snapshot Summary Report of Anti-Muslim Bias Incidents 

https://www.cair.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/07/Anti-Bias-Incident-Report-2021_online.pdf

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CONTACT: Afaf Nasher, Esq. Executive Director, CAIR-NY, 917-669-4006, anasher@cair.com; Ahmed Mohamed, CAIR-NY Litigation Director, 646-481-2103, ahmedmohamed@cair.com; CAIR Government Affairs Director Robert McCaw, 202-742-6448, rmccaw@cair.com; CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-744-7726, ihooper@cair.com 

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