FBI Probe of Virginia Mosque Vandalism Requested

CAIR CALLS FOR FBI PROBE OF VIRGINIA MOSQUE VANDALISM

Nazi Swastika painted on exterior of Sterling Islamic center

(WASHINGTON, D.C., 1/30/2006) - The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) today called on the FBI to investigate vandalism at a Virginia mosque as a possible hate crime.

Officials of the All Dulles Area Muslim Society (ADAMS) in Sterling, Va., say a large Nazi swastika was discovered on the exterior of their facility this morning. The center has been the target of several incidents of vandalism since the 9/11 terror attacks.

“It is particularly disturbing that a mosque near our nation’s capital is repeatedly targeted in this manner,” said Shama Farooq, civil rights director for CAIR’s Maryland and Virginia office.

CAIR said vandalism or other possible bias-related incidents have been reported recently at mosques in Pennsylvania, Maryland, Florida, Texas, Nebraska, California, and New York. In December of last year, bombs damaged an Ohio mosque.

SEE: CAIR Offers Reward for Info on OH Mosque Bombings http://cair.com/default.asp?Page=articleView&id=1923&theType=NR

The Washington-based group is urging Muslim institutions nationwide to review security procedures using advice contained in CAIR’s “Muslim Community Safety Kit.” (See excerpts from the kit below.)

The safety kit may be obtained free of charge by e-mailing: .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) (Include name, address and phone number when requesting the safety kit.) It may also be ordered at: https://www.cair-net.org/comersus/store/comersus_viewItem.asp?idProduct=1021


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