WASHINGTON, Sept. 20, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) condemned the serious vandalism of the Islamic Center of the Shenandoah Valley in Harrisonburg, Virginia and commended law enforcement and the FBI for their investigation into this incident as a bias-motivated hate crime. On September 13, the Islamic Center was spray-painted with obscene graffiti that included a misspelled reference to Iraqis and the phrase "This is America."
"Whenever a religious institution is targeted in this way, the possibility of a bias motivation should be considered," said Sophie Dornstreich, Associate Director of ADL's Washington, DC Regional Office. "The desecration of a house of worship can create an environment of vulnerability and fear throughout the entire community and we stand in solidarity with the Islamic Center of the Shenandoah Valley community."
ADL praised the Rockingham County Police Department for their swift response to the incident and the FBI's Richmond office for its involvement in the investigation.
The Anti-Defamation League, founded in 1913, is the world's leading organization fighting anti-Semitism through programs and services that counteract hatred, prejudice and bigotry.
SOURCE Anti-Defamation League