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Mosques Targeted in Texas and New Jersey

The Council on American-Islamic Relations
(CAIR) today urged the FBI to investigate two incidents targeting mosques
in Texas and New Jersey for possible bias motives.

Worshipers at the Champions Masjid under construction in Spring, Texas,
told CAIR that a number of dead fish were dumped near the entrance and sign
for the mosque sometime Saturday evening. Mosque members report verbal
harassment in the past. (Champions Masjid is part of the Islamic Society of
Greater Houston. [http://www.isgh.org])

A similar incident on Tuesday in which liquor bottles were thrown on the
grounds of the Islamic Educational Center of North Hudson in Union City,
N.J., is being treated as a possible bias crime by law enforcement
authorities. Center officials tell CAIR’s New Jersey office that incidents
of rock-throwing have occurred in the recent past.

The Texas and New Jersey incidents come following a string of attacks on
and threats against mosques nationwide.

In Florida, vandals wrote “Kill all Muslims” inside the Islamic Community
Center in the Tampa suburb of Lutz. The FBI is investigating vandalism and
threatening messages targeting the Islamic Community of Southwest Florida
in Charlotte Harbor. And in Missouri, vandals painted a Nazi swastika and
the word “die” on an addition under construction at the Islamic Foundation
of Greater St. Louis. Last month, three Miami Islamic centers were
vandalized.

CAIR believes the most recent incidents targeting Islamic institutions in
America are backlash from the beheadings of American and Korean civilians
in Saudi Arabia and Iraq.

“Our nation’s leaders need to speak out against Islamophobic bigotry just
as the American Muslim community has spoken out clearly against the recent
killings in the Middle East,” said CAIR Communications Director Ibrahim
Hooper.

Hooper said his group noted a spike in anti-Muslim hate messages following
the killings. One message received by CAIR today suggested it may be time
to “take muslims (sic) hostage here in America” and said, “I believe the
time is coming when muslims will not be safe inside the US borders.”

In response to attacks on and threats against American Muslim individuals
and communities, CAIR has published a “Muslim Community Safety Kit.” That
kit contains information designed to equip local Islamic leaders and
activists with the knowledge necessary to protect against anti-Muslim
bigotry or attacks. The safety kit may be obtained by e-mailing
pubs@cair-net.org, or by calling 202-488-8787 and asking for the
“Publications Department.”

 

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