American muslims call on FBI to probe hate vandalism of NY mosque

Saturday, September 22, 2012
Washington: The Washington-based Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) today called on the FBI to investigate vandalism of a New York mosque as a hate crime.

Suffolk County police are investigating hate graffiti, including "RIP US Ambassador" and "The War Will Rise," spray-painted on the outside wall of the North Bay Shore Masjid Darul Quran mosque. The vandalism is believed to have occurred sometime between September 12th and 13th, in response to the recent killing of America's ambassador to Libya.

CAIR and other American Muslim organizations have condemned the ambassador's killing and have issued appeals for calm to the Muslim world.

"No American house of worship should be targeted by hate because of events overseas and no American should face fear or intimidation because of their faith or ethnicity," said CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper. "We urge the FBI to join in the investigation of this apparently bias motivated attack and we ask our nation's leaders to speak out against those who promote or exploit anti-Muslim hate."

He also expressed concern about potential backlash from anti-Islam advertisements that are being put up in New York area subway stations by the head of a designated hate group.
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