CAIR-AZ ASKS FBI TO PROBE TUCSON MOSQUE VANDALISM
(PHOENIX, AZ, 4/3/07) – The Arizona chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-AZ) today called on the FBI to investigate the latest act of vandalism targeting a Tucson mosque as a possible hate crime.
Officials of the Islamic Center of Tucson told CAIR-AZ that the mosque has been vandalized twice in the past two months. In the latest incident on Sunday night, the mosque’s office was ransacked and a hand-written message saying “Bush was here” was left on a computer monitor. Mosque officials say local police told them they are investigating the incident as a possible bias-motivated crime.
Two months ago, about $1,000 was stolen when someone broke into the same mosque.
“We ask the FBI to add its resources to those of local police to determine whether or not these incidents resulted from a bias motive on the part of the perpetrators,” said CAIR-AZ Civil Rights Director Mohammed AbuHannoud.
AbuHannoud said this particular mosque has recently been targeted by rhetorical smears coming from Muslim-bashers nationwide.
CAIR, America’s largest Islamic civil liberties group, has 32 chapters nationwide and in Canada. Its mission is to enhance the understanding of Islam, encourage dialogue, protect civil liberties, empower American Muslims, and build coalitions that promote justice and mutual understanding.
CONTACT: CAIR-AZ Civil Rights Director Mohammed AbuHannoud, 602-262-2247, 602-460-9987, E-Mail: email@example.com