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MIAMI Islamic Center Vandalized For Second Time

(MIAMI, FL, 5/29/05) – The Florida office of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-FL) today called on the FBI to investigate an act of vandalism at a Miami Islamic center as a possible hate crime. Officials of the Islamic School of Miami (ISM), told CAIR-FL that vandals threw a large rock through a glass door of the facility’s prayer area sometime Saturday evening between 8:30 and 9 p.m. Saturday’s attack was the second such incident at the center. In 2004, ISM officials reported an expletive and a Nazi swastika scrawled on the exterior sign of the center. “Whenever a house of worship is attacked, the possibility of a bias motive needs to be thoroughly investigated,” said CAIR-FL Executive Director Altaf Ali. “The FBI has a good track record of devoting staff and other resources to assist local law enforcement authorities in these types of cases.”

He called for additional police patrols outside Islamic institutions in South Florida. (There are an estimated 70,000 Muslims in the South Florida area.) Ali also expressed concern about a series of similar incidents of vandalism reported in recent months by Muslim individuals and institutions nationwide. He noted that a brick was thrown through a window of the Fort Collins (Colo.) Islamic Center just last month. As a response to these and other anti-Muslim incidents, CAIR published a “Muslim Community Safety Kit.” The safety kit may be obtained free of charge by e-mailing pubs@cair-net.org. (Include name, address and phone number when requesting the safety kit.) It may also be ordered at: https://www.cair-net.org/comersus/store/comersus_viewItem.asp?idProduct=1021

CAIR, America’s largest Muslim civil liberties group, has 31 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. To read CAIR’s Mission, Vision Statement and Core Principles, go to: http://www.cair-net.org/default.asp?Page=About

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CONTACT: Altaf Ali, 954-298-8214, altaf@cair-florida.org; Ahmed Bedier 813-731-9506, abedier@cair-florida.org; Ibrahim Hooper, 202-488-8787 or 202-744-7726, E-Mail: ihooper@cair-net.org; Rabiah Ahmed, 202-488-8787 or 202-439-1441, E-Mail: rahmed@cair-net.org

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