NEW YORK, Oct. 26 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The New York chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-NY) today called on law enforcement authorities to step up protective measures for a mosque in that state that has again been targeted by vandalism.
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In the fourth such incident since August, members of Masjid Noor in Huntington, N.Y., yesterday found broken glass and nails scattered on the driveway of the facility. The vandalism occurred while some 30 people attended religious classes in the mosque. Police are investigating the incidents as possible hate crimes.
SEE: Second Incident in a Week at Huntington Mosque (Newsday)
Last week, CAIR-NY called on the FBI to investigate a previous nail attack on the mosque as a hate crime.
SEE: CAIR Asks FBI to Probe Nail Attack on NY Mosque
"We urge local law enforcement authorities to step up patrols in the area of the mosque and again ask the FBI to add its resources to the investigation of these disturbing incidents," said CAIR-NY Community Affairs Director Faiza N. Ali. "We ask state and national religious and political leaders to speak out against the growing anti-Muslim hatred in our society that can lead to such incidents."
Last week, CAIR's Washington State office held a news conference in Seattle with two Muslim women who were allegedly attacked at a gas station by an assailant shouting racial and religious slurs.
CAIR-WA Video: Hate Crime Charges Filed in Attack on Muslim Women
Other recent anti-Muslim incidents include an attack on a New York Muslim mother and child, the arrest of New York teens who allegedly harassed a Muslim student because of his faith and the defacement of a South Carolina mosque.
Mosques in California, Tennessee, New York, Illinois, Wisconsin, Arizona, Louisiana, Kentucky, Texas, and Florida have faced vocal opposition or have been similarly targeted by hate incidents in recent months.
SEE: CAIR-NY Seeks Hate Crime Charges in Attack on Muslim Mother, Child
CAIR-NY Seeks Federal Charges for Hate Attacks on Muslim Student
FBI Meets with Members of S.C. Mosque Defaced with Pork
Hate Packages Sent to U.S. Mosques
CAIR's national office recently announced the launch of a department devoted to addressing the alarming rise of Islamophobic sentiment in American society.
SEE: CAIR Launches Islamophobia Department
American Muslim individuals and institutions are being urged to review advice on security procedures contained in CAIR's "Muslim Community Safety Kit."
SEE: Muslim Community Safety Kit
CAIR is America's largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization. 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.
CONTACT: CAIR-NY Community Affairs Director Faiza N. Ali, 212-870-2002, 718-724-3041, E-Mail: email@example.com; CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-744-7726, or 202-488-8787, E-Mail: firstname.lastname@example.org; CAIR Communications Coordinator Amina Rubin, 202-488-8787, 202-341-4171, E-Mail: email@example.com
SOURCE Council on American-Islamic Relations