CAIR-MI CONDEMNS VANDALISM OF MOSQUES AND BUSINESSES
(DETROIT, MI, 1/9/07) – The Michigan chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-MI) today called on the FBI to investigate the vandalism of two mosques and five businesses this past weekend in the Warrendale section of Detroit as possible hate crimes. The incidents took place sometime between the evening of Saturday, January 6 and the morning of Sunday, January 7.
The Imam Ali Islamic Center and the Al-Kufa Cultural Forum, along with five businesses including restaurants, a clothing store, and a barber shop, had windows broken by bricks and rocks. Both centers and all of the businesses are owned by Shia Muslims. One owner reported receiving intimidating phone calls the night prior to the incident, in which the caller was speaking Arabic and English. The caller mentioned the fact that the business was Shia-owned.
“Violence against any house of worship is totally unacceptable and should be condemned by people of all faiths,” CAIR-MI Executive Director Dawud Walid stated. “We call on the federal government to probe these incidents as possible hate crimes and for the Wayne County Prosecutor to prosecute this case to the fullest extent of the law.”
CAIR, America’s largest Islamic civil liberties group, has 32 offices and 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-MI Executive Director Dawud Walid at firstname.lastname@example.org or 248-842-1418