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FL Muslims React to Vandalism at Islamic Center

(MIAMI, FL, 9/14/05) – On Thursday, September 15, representatives of the Florida Muslim and interfaith communities will take part in a news conference to condemn apparently bias-motivated vandalism at a Boca Raton Islamic center.

The Florida office of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-FL) reports that vandals threw several rocks through glass doors of the Assidiq Islamic Educational Foundation (AIEF) sometime late Monday or early Tuesday.

According to CAIR-FL, the perpetrators also spray-painted an apparent reference to a speaker whose appearance at an AIEF event earlier this year sparked protests from local anti-Muslim extremists. It was the second such incident of vandalism reported by center officials in the past two weeks.

WHAT: News Conference in Reaction to Vandalism of Boca Raton Islamic Center
WHEN: Thursday, September 15, 2 p.m. (Eastern)
WHERE: Assidiq Islamic Educational Foundation, 831 E. Palmetto Parkway, Boca Raton, Florida
CONTACT: Altaf Ali,954-298-8214,

“Given the graffiti used by the perpetrators and recent vandalism at other Islamic institutions across America, we urge the FBI to investigate possible bias motives in this case and call on local police to step up patrols in the area,’ CAIR-FL Executive Director Altaf Ali.

Ali said vandalism has been reported recently at mosques in Texas, Nebraska, California, and New York. He urged Muslim institutions nationwide to review security procedures using advice contained in CAIR’s “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:

SEE: “Muslims’ Concerns Grow”

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:

CONTACT: 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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