Muslims call on Police to investigate Mosque hate crime
The Canadian Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-CAN) yesterday called on local police to treat the recent arson and vandalism at the Al-Mahdi mosque in Pickering, Ontario as a hate crime.
Vandals entered the mosque, spraying the words “Jesus Rules” on its walls, broke tables and chairs, and set fire to the building. Mosque officials estimate the cost of the damages to be thousands of dollars.
This incident comes after a series of hate crimes perpetrated against the Jewish community in Toronto.
In a statement issued yesterday, CAIR-CAN wrote:
“We need to hear a clear message from religious leaders, law enforcement and elected officials that this type of hate crime will not be tolerated in Toronto or any other Canadian city. Canadian Muslims must have assurances that their institutions will be protected.
“Since September 2001, CAIR-CAN has documented hate-activity against 15 Islamic institutions and mosques, including attempted arson, destruction and defacement of mosque property, and graffiti threats. Attacks such as the one in Pickering reinforce community fear and anxiety. Mosques are not simply places of worship, they are also social and community centers.”
CAIR-CAN recently condemned the string of hate activity against the Jewish community in Toronto last week. For CAIR-CAN’s statement, please see: http://www.caircan.ca/itn_more.php?id=885_0_2_0_C.