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CAIR-FL: Miami Islamic Center Vandalized for 3rd Time

(MIAMI, FL, 6/7/05) – On Tuesday, June 7, the Florida office of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-FL) will hold a news conference to call for increased police patrols at a Miami Islamic center that has been targeted by vandals for the third time.

WHAT: CAIR-FL News Conference About Third Incident of Vandalism at Islamic School of Miami

WHEN: Tuesday, June 7, 4:30 p.m.

WHERE: Islamic School of Miami, 11699 SW 147th Avenue, Miami, Florida

CONTACT: Altaf Ali, 954-298-8214, Officials with the Islamic School of Miami (ISM) told CAIR-FL that a rock was thrown through a glass door the facility sometime between 10:30 p.m. on Monday and 5:30 a.m. today. The perpetrators also broke down a gate leading to the center. An investigating officer called to the scene of the vandalism reportedly did not even get out of his car. Monday’s attack was the third such incident at the center. Following a similar attack late last month, CAIR-FL called on the FBI to probe the incident as a possible hate crime.

SEE: “Muslims Urge Hate-Crime Inquiry”,0,6181421.story “Probe Vandalism, Mosque Urges FBI” In 2004, ISM officials reported an expletive and a Nazi swastika scrawled on the exterior sign of the center. “Attacks on Islamic institutions, whatever the motive, should be taken as seriously as attacks on religious sites of any other faith,” said CAIR-FL Executive Director Altaf Ali. He called for a full investigation by local and national law enforcement authorities and for additional police patrols outside the Islamic School of Miami and at other Islamic institutions in South Florida. (There are an estimated 70,000 Muslims in the South Florida area.) As a response to recent anti-Muslim incidents, CAIR published a “Muslim Community Safety Kit.” The safety kit may be obtained free of charge by e-mailing (Include name, address and phone number when requesting the safety kit.)

It may also be ordered at: CAIR, America’s largest Muslim civil liberties group, has 31 offices and chapters nationwide and in Canada. Its mission is to enhance understanding of Islam, encourage dialogue, protect civil liberties, empower American Muslims, and build coalitions that promote justice and mutual understanding. To read CAIR’s Mission, Vision Statement and Core Principles, go to:

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CONTACT: Altaf Ali, 954-298-8214,; Ahmed Bedier 813-731-9506,; Ibrahim Hooper, 202-488-8787 or 202-744-7726, E-Mail:; Rabiah Ahmed, 202-488-8787 or 202-439-1441, E-Mail:


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