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CAIR-SFBA Offers Reward for Info on Vandalism Targeting Islamic Center of San Francisco  

(SANTA CLARA, CA, 11/15/21) – The San Francisco Bay Area office of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-SFBA) today offered a $1,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the perpetrators of vandalism targeting the Islamic Center of San Francisco.  

Someone threw a beer bottle through a window of the mosque late Friday night. An official of the mosque said alcohol spilled on the inside of the house of worship.” The mosque is seeking donations for repairs [https://donorbox.org/help-us-repair-our-window-and-upgrade-cameras]  

SEE: Islamic Center of San Francisco Mosque Vandalized in Apparent Hate Crime  

https://sfist.com/2021/11/14/sunday-links-islamic-center-of-san-francisco-mosque-vandalized/

In a statement, Hala Hijazi, San Francisco Human Rights Commissioner and San Francisco Interfaith Council Board Member, said: 

“Desecration of any sacred and safe places of worship will not be tolerated. The intent of throwing a glass container of beer (touch and consumption of alcohol is forbidden in Islam) into a mosque’s window was not only meant to cause property damage, but also to disrespect and hurt our entire Muslim community. The increase in hate, bigotry, and bullying is a public health and a national security threat. I encourage all of us to take action against the pandemic of hate.” 

CAIR-SFBA Executive Director Zahra Billoo said:  

“Because we are witnessing a rise in bigotry targeting minority communities nationwide, we urge authorities to investigate this disturbing incident as a possible hate crime and to bring the perpetrators to justice as swiftly as possible.”  

She added that CAIR urges houses of worship to take extra security precautions using its “Best Practices for Mosque and Community Safety” booklet. The advice in CAIR’s security publication is applicable to religious institutions of all faiths.  

The booklet may be viewed at: https://www.cair.com/mosque-and-community-safety/  

Billoo noted that similar incidents have occurred recently nationwide.  

SEE: CAIR-Washington Calls for Probe of Possible Bias Motive for Vandalism Targeting Mountlake Terrace Mosque  

CAIR-Chicago Calls on Bloomington Police Department to Probe Mosque Vandalism with ‘Seriousness and Urgency’  

CAIR-Minnesota to Join Community Clean Up Effort at Vandalized Muslim Cemetery  

CAIR-SFBA is an office of CAIR, America’s largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization. Its mission is to enhance understanding of Islam, protect civil rights, promote justice, and empower American Muslims. 

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CONTACT: CAIR-SFBA Communications Coordinators Arooba Kazmi at a-kazmi@cair.com and/or Umber Bhatt at ubhatti@cair.com  

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