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Calls for Hate Crime Probe of ‘F**k Islam Vandalism of Florida Mosque

Calls for Hate Crime Probe of F k Islam Vandalism of Florida Mosque(Miami, FL, 11/2/2016) – The Council on American-Islamic Relations – Florida (CAIR Florida), the state’s largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization, today called for a hate crime investigation of “F**k Islam and F** ISIS†vandalism of the Al Amin Islamic Center in Boynton Beach, Fla.

The apparent hate vandalism was caught on the Islamic Center’s surveillance video and shows a car entering the property at around 12:40 a.m. and an individual approaching the entrance sign of the mosque on foot. The Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office is in charge of this investigation [PBSO Case Report #; 16-1-46761]. Federal law enforcement authorities have also been notified.

“Our community continues to suffer from an increase in hate crimes and hate incidents. We still have fresh in our memories the recent hate crime committed at the Islamic Center of Ft. Pierce that was attacked by an arsonist. The hate speech and rhetoric that has come along this presidential campaign is fueling this type of crimes that endanger not only the Muslim community but the Florida community in general,†said Wilfredo Amr Ruiz, CAIR-Florida communications director.

Al Amin Islamic Center is located at: 7947 S. Military Trail, Boynton Beach, Florida 33436

Pictures of the vandalism may be downloaded in this link: https://app.box.com/s/ogivlr52pi15e0xjvejwjyb3tbdvzn6i

Several media outlets have covered other recent hate crimes/incidents against the Muslim community in South Florida:

Fort Pierce mosque attended by Orlando nightclub shooter catches fire overnight, ruled arson http://www.wptv.com/…/fire-investigated-at-fort-pierce-mosq… Enhanced hate crime charge filed against alleged Ft. Pierce mosque arsonist http://klewtv.com/…/enhanced-hate-crime-charge-filed-agains… Man sentenced to 4 years in North Palm Beach mosque attack http://www.sun-sentinel.com/…/fl-mosque-vandalism-guilty-pl… Two Tampa area mosque fires ruled arson http://www.tampabay.com/…/two-tampa-area-mosque-fir…/2290569 Two Muslim women attacked in Tampa http://www.wtsp.com/…/two-muslim-women-attacked-in…/45900751

CAIR Florida is the state’s largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization. Its mission is to enhance the understanding of Islam, encourage dialogue, protect civil liberties of all people, empower American Muslims, and build coalitions that promote justice and mutual understanding.

“La misión de CAIR-Florida es mejorar la comprensión del Islam, fomentar el diálogo, proteger las libertades civiles, capacitar a los musulmanes estadounidenses, y construir coaliciones que promuevan la justicia y la comprensión mutua.”

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CONTACT: CAIR Florida Communications Director, Wilfredo A. Ruiz, wruiz@cair.com, 305.502.6749

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