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.
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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.)