Medicine against radicalism

18 February 2016

With a little bit of luck a Dutch-educated imam would also be a good remedy against radicalism, the minister believes. Some of the current Dutch imams are on another frequency than the youth in their mosques. They do not always speak Dutch well, while they mostly know a lot about theology. Bussemaker: “This is while the youth are also looking for someone to give moral guidance. Someone who can indicate limits.”

That mosques are in need of imams that speaks the Dutch language well and that can also be moral leaders, became apparent at a recent meeting at the VU in Amsterdam. There Bussemaker spoke to a multifarious company of 75 imams. During the debate the imams made clear they do not always succeed in being theologian, pedagogue, and moral leader. “That message was clearly received”, Bussemaker said afterwards. As minister of education she cannot solve all problems, but “I do can show that the imams are not alone in this.”

Mosque attacked with Molotov cocktails in the Saarland

Date: 21 February 2016

A mosque in Neunkirchen in the West German state of Saarland has been attacked overnight by two persons throwing Molotov cocktails. There was no damage to the mosque itself, since the explosives landed in the courtyard of the complex. While the perpetrators were captured on CCTV footage, the police has not been able to identify them so far. So far, the attackers’ motivation is unknown; yet this incident comes after the last months witnessed a dramatic increase in Islamophobic attacks on mosques and other Muslim community institutions in Germany.

Tariq Ramadan urges Muslims to assume responsibility

February 7, 2016

Despite controversy, the ninth Annual Meeting of Northern Muslims (RAMN) was held on February 7. Nearly 3,000 Muslims gathered in Lille at the behest of the Northern Islamic League (LIN), a branch of the Union of Islamic Organizations of France (UOIF).

The organizers had originally invited three controversial guests to speak: the Saudi Abdallah Salah Sana’an, the Moroccan Abouzaid Al-Mokri and the Syrian Mohammed Rateb al-Nabulsi. On February 1, Nicolas Dupont-Aignan requested the State’s intervention to cancel the event. Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve promised “complete vigilance” regarding the speakers’ remarks. The UOIF eventually chose to cancel their talks.

Syrian Islamic theologian Mohammed Rateb Al-Nabulsi, member of the Muslim Brotherhood who promulgates a strict interpretation of shariah, notably against homosexuals and non-Muslims, was denied a visa.

Concerning the invitation extended to Moroccan MP Abouzaid Al-Mokri, “following the controversy, we cancelled his talk,” said Amar Lasfar, rector of the Lille mosque.

“Finally, Abdallah Salah Sana’an, who travels every year to Bourget to proselytize, came for the blessings. But when we encountered pushback, we said ‘stay home’” said Lasfar.

During the conference, president of the Observatory of Secularism of Val-d’Oise, Laurence Marchand-Taillade, who is also national secretary of the PRG, came to protest outside the building, denouncing the UOIF for “double-speak.”

Lille’s mayor Martine Aubry has distanced herself from the organization’s president for several years. “She’s on bad terms with us,” confirmed Amar Lasfar. In 2013 Aubry stated that the presence of sheik Salah Sultan and Tariq Ramadan at the annual gathering shocked her.

“Lille’s mayor accused me of double-speak in her office one day,” said Lasfar. “I told her: just as you, Madame mayor, a public figure, must have several ways of speaking. The discourse I preach at the mosque is not what I tell the cameras. Everyone does that. I can’t speak the same way to every segment of society. But that doesn’t change anything. Believe me, we couldn’t use double-speak for thirty six years.”

It was on this same theme that Tariq Ramadan concluded the conference. Alone on the stage, with a French flag in the background, he insisted on openness and clarification. Denouncing the recent bill that was passed allowing citizenship to be stripped of terrorists, “as if some Frenchmen were more French than others”– he affirmed: “Lawlessness is not where we think it is: we [Muslims of France] are proponents of French values.”

The theologian urged the thousands of Muslims in the room to assume responsibility: “When those people say that we can kill innocent people in the name of Islam, we have the obligation to say that we condemn those remarks and that we will fight against them.”

To conclude, Ramadan confirmed that he would request French citizenship. “It’s not a joke,” he said to thunderous applause. “France is a country I know well. We will see if they deny me citizenship.” What are his future intentions? “France needs to renew its political class,” he told the crowd.

Conferences of Muslims in France to meet in March

February 3, 2016

A national conference of Muslims of France will be held next March in Lyon, according to the Great Mosque of Paris.

The decision to hold the conference was made during a working meeting in Paris chaired by the rector of the Great Mosque of Paris, Dalil Boubaker and President of the Union of Islamic Organisations of France (UOIF) Amar Lasfar.

“In continuation of their coordination on major issues of Islam in France, the two sides agreed to organize a national congress of Muslims of France in Lyon in March,” the source said.

The two sides called on all Muslim organizations and associations to join this initiative which “became urgent against the current vacuum in the expression of Muslims of France in the context of anxiety experienced by France.”

The objective of this conference, highlight the two parties, is to “confirm citizen expression, peaceful and responsible for the Muslim community, to protect young people from all extremist or radical temptation and deliver a message of peace and hope to all of our citizens.”

They also agreed to continue work “already underway” on the agreement of the prayer calendar, fixing the dates of the month of Ramadan and religious holidays, with the forthcoming establishment of a joint theological commission between the two respective institutes for training imams.

A national conference of imams will be held at the end of the year, says the same source.

France bans three Islamic groups suspected of radicalization connected to Lagny-sur-Marne mosque

Preachers at the Lagny-sur-Marne mosque had spent years “inciting hatred and calling for jihad” according to Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve.

Cazeneuve added the mosque in east Paris was closed in December for being at the heart of a jihadist recruitment network. The Islamic groups ran the mosque in Paris that was shut down late last year following a huge security crackdown across France.

French police found Kalashnikov bullets and Islamic State (ISIS) propaganda during a raid before the mosque’s closure. The mosque’s former president Hammoumi Mohamed fled to Egypt in 2014 with about 10 worshippers.

French officials accuse him of indoctrinating Muslims and recruiting followers for Daech. The dissolution of the groups is the first such order since France imposed a state of emergency after the November 2015 Paris terror attacks which left 130 dead.

Cazeneuve said: “There is no place in the French Republic for groups which incite, and which call for terrorism or call for hate.”

The government’s spokesman Stephane Le Foll added: “The fight against preachers of hate will be total.” He said the three banned groups “were clearly taking action to incite jihad.” One of the banned groups was called “Back to our Roots.”

Cazeneuve also revealed that 30 hate preachers have been expelled from France since the start of 2015.

Pigs’ heads dumped outside Islamic school: Arrest after Blackburn attack

A man has been arrested after two pigs’ heads were dumped outside an Islamic school in Lancashire. Police said the 28-year-old was held on suspicion of racially-aggravated provocation following the incident at Markazul Uloom Girls’ School in Blackburn. Detectives launched a hate crime investigation and scoured CCTV footage after the animal remains were left at the boarding school in December. One of the heads is understood to have been left by the gates, while the other was thrown over the walls.

The incident outraged religious, political and community leaders, led by the Bishop of Blackburn Julian Henderson. A Lancashire Police spokeswoman said: “I can confirm that a 28-year-old man from Darwen has been arrested on suspicion of racially-aggravated provocation and has been bailed until February 16.”

Officers stepped up patrols in the area to quell community concerns after the pig heads were left at the gates of the school just before Christmas. Eating pork is forbidden in Islam and Lancashire Police said the incident was being treated as a hate crime.

[CAIR Report]: Number of Incidents Targeting U.S. Mosques in 2015 Highest Ever Recorded

More mosque incidents were recorded in 2015 than in any year since we started keeping this tally. 2015 accounted for the most ever cases in both the Damage, Destruction, Vandalism category and the Intimidation category, adding weight to assertions that the most recent cycle of Islamophobia is characterized by its violent tone.

November 2015 was the most significant spike, with a total of 17 mosque incidents, with all but 2 of those incidents occurring in the wake of the November 13 Paris terror attacks. No comparable spike was observed following the January 7 Paris terror attacks, with 5 incidents occurring the entire month of January. By November 2015, Islam was a central issue in the 2016 presidential campaign, with GOP frontrunner candidate Donald Trump putting for policy ideas that would ban all Muslims from entering the United States.

The incident tallies reached a height not seen since 2010, when the controversy over the Park 51 Islamic Cultural Center became an election campaign issue. That cycle of Islamophobia was characterized by efforts to prevent the expansion or construction of mosques.

This lends additional weight to the argument that “levels of anti-Muslim sentiment follow trends in domestic U.S. politics, not international terrorism.”


Mosque Incidents:

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It is highly likely that the numbers below significantly underreport the actual number of incidents. Our incidents are collected from news searches and incidents reported to CAIR. Conversations with local community leaders often reveal that they do not report mosque incidents to media, CAIR or law enforcement.


Damage-Destruction-Vandalism (DDV): Incidents involving property damage.

Harassment: Demonstrations or acts that involve Islamophobic slurs.

Intimidation: Threats of violence or other acts apparently intended to cause fear in those targeted by the act. This category includes armed anti-Islam demonstrations and placing severed pig’s heads on mosque property.

Zoning: Islamophobic issues raised during zoning proceedings. We include an incident in the zoning category only if bias is clearly identified in zoning proceedings. Places of worship of many faiths routinely face opposition from neighbors due to traffic or land use concerns. Incidents where no bias is independently identified are not including in our counts.

Case Summaries

Mount Sinai, N.Y., January 2013 During a hearing for a proposed mosque, some attendees questioned “what would be practiced and taught in the mosque.”[ii] [Intimidation] 

Manchester, N.H., April 2013 Vandals targeted the construction site for the Islamic Society of Greater Manchester. See also a second incident targeting the structure in July, 2013.[iv] [DDV]

Edmond, Okla., May 2013 Rev. Paul Blair, founder of Reclaiming America for Christ, requested that the Edmond planning commission delay a vote on a permit for the Islamic Society of Edmond. Blair alleged ties between the mosque and the Muslim Brotherhood. The council voted to approve the permit.[vi] [DDV]

Morris County, N.J., June 2013 A swastika was spray-painted on a side entrance to the Islamic Center of Morris County.[viii]Worshipers have reportedly been verbally harassed by young people who gather near the mosque. [DDV]

Owatonna, Minn., June 2013 – Officials with the Muslim Society Center reported that a window of the facility was broken. Mosque leaders said it did not appear that an object was thrown at the window, but rather that someone broke it using a bat or another object. It is the second time in two weeks and the third time in a year that a window has been broken at the mosque. Mosque leaders say the mosque has faced opposition since it opened and that some in the community have been hostile to the group’s presence.[x] [DDV]

Manchester, N.H., July 2013 – Vandals targeted the construction site for the Islamic Society of Greater Manchester. The vandalism, which cost more than $30,000 to repair, included a number of smashed windows and attempted arson. The perpetrators were caught on video surveillance cameras. The juvenile perpetrators bragged of the vandalism online and left comments on anti-Muslim hate sites.[xii]  [Intimidation]

Huntington, N.Y., July 2013 Someone threw a metallic object through a window of the Masjid Noor Mosque. [DDV]

Clermont City, Fla., August 2013 Ray Goodgame, a member of the city council, sent an e-mail to supporters in which he described a proposed mosque as “bad news” and lamented potential “wailing music” that would disturb neighbors.[xiv] [DDV]

Vestal, N.Y., August 2013 A pig’s head was left near an unnamed mosque that was being built by the Ahmadiyya community.[xvi]It was later revealed that DeSteph was relying on a 25-slide PowerPoint presentation produced by ACT! for America as his source material.[xviii] Resident Atwood Brooks wrote, “It is well known that mosques are the recruiting and training ground for radical Islamists and terrorists.” Audience members threatened to work to remove from office any council members who voted in favor of the mosque construction plan.  The council voted 9-1 in favor of the plan.[xx] He also asked a member of the worship center what the building was. After receiving an answer, he “asked whether or not the member had killed anyone that day.” [Harassment]

Murrieta, Calif., September 2013 A note was left taped to the front door of the Islamic Center of Temecula Valley. The note read, “Pray for the victims of Al-Shabaab. We are watching! Pray for the Christians in Pakistan. He is listening.” [Harassment]

Newark, Del., October 2013 Sometime in the early morning, vandals targeted the Islamic Society of Delaware by tearing down fences, destroying a wooden sign for the facility and damaging an electronic sign. A cross was fashioned from the debris and placed at the site of the vandalism.[xxii] The mosque was eventually opened. [Zoning]

Katy, Texas, March 2014 – Robert James Talbot, Jr. was arrested on terrorism charges by the FBI. Talbot conspired to rob banks and then bomb mosques. He repeatedly posted on his Facebook page about his “revolution” and was caught by undercover FBI agents. [Intimidation]

Hattiesburg, Miss., March 2014 – Several shots were fired into The Islamic Center of Hattiesburg.[xxiv] [DDV]

Redmond, Wash., May 2014 – A flyer distributed anonymously, due to “fear of physical and mental harm and other retaliation” during hearings for a proposed mosque asserted “Since 1960, every single terrorist, which is 100%, operating in the United States of America who has self-identified as a Muslim, or a follower of Islam, has attended a Mosque.”[xxvi] [DDV]

Midland Park, N.J., July 2014 – During a land-use hearing considering an application to convert an old church into a mosque, a resident yelled “Build the mosque in your town!” at a Muslim man from a neighboring town. Another commented: “I don’t care if they worship their God, just not in our town.” There was another man holding a sign that read “Stop Application” and “Keep R Kids Safe.”[xxviii] [Harassment]

Manassas, Va., August 2014 – An expletive was written twice in spray paint on the windows of the Manassas Mosque. In addition, windows were defaced and a glass door was shattered.[xxx] [Harassment]

Round Rock, Texas, September 2014 – A highway sign dedicated to a local Ahmadiyya Muslim Community was vandalized. The perpetrator spray-painted, in black, over the words “Ahmadiyya Muslim” and left a handwritten note that said, “A Christian Community, USA.”[xxxii] In an email sent to this mosque, someone wrote, “Wake up, get out of our state, get out of our country.” Another email read, “Your day is coming quickly where you will all be purged from my America.”[xxxiv] [Intimidation]

Katy, Texas, October 2014 – Robert James Talbot planned to launch his “American Insurgent Movement” by murdering police and “spraying a mosque with gunfire.” Police arrested him the day he was to allegedly going to launch his attack. [Intimidation]

Albuquerque, N.M., October 2014 – Police said an incendiary device was thrown at a window of the Islamic Center of New Mexico but did not enter the building. The device ignited and caused damage to the exterior of the mosque.[xxxvi] [Zoning]

Coachella, Calif., November 2014 – Shots were fired at the Islamic Society of the Coachella Valley. According to local law enforcement authorities, the mosque was occupied at the time of the attack, but no one was injured.[xxxviii] [DDV]

Kennesaw, Ga., November 2014 – The Kennesaw City Council tabled a vote on a proposal that would allow an Islamic worship center to open in the middle of a shopping center in Kennesaw, Ga. Opponents expressed opposition to the presence of Muslims saying the worship center in Kennesaw “will endanger our freedom.”[xl] [DDV]

Santa Cruz, Calif., November 2014 – Someone spray-painted a Star of David and the number 26 on a door of the Islamic Center of Santa Cruz.[xlii] [DDV]

St. Cloud, Minn., December 2014 – Vandals targeted the Central Minnesota Islamic Center. First a window was broken, and later a window was shot several times with what is believed to have been a BB gun. People who attend this mosque have also alleged that their car windows were smashed. This mosque was targeted at least three times.[xliv] [Zoning]

Columbus, Ohio, January 2015 –Leaders of the Noor Islamic Cultural Center reported that someone called and threatened to destroy the facility.[xlvi] [Harassment]

Lexington, Ky., January 2015 – During a neighborhood meeting, opponents of the planned Islamic Center of Lexington raised concerns about Muslims looking into their homes with telescopes, banning people of other faiths from the area and domestic violence as reasons for the project to be rejected.[xlviii] [Intimidation]

Bridgeview, Ill., January 2015 – The Mosque Foundation was targeted by an online threat and had to ask for an increased police presence. An initial Facebook post read, “F – – – – – – Muslims burn down Christian churches in France! We got to start breaking some rules putting these n – – – – – in check.” This was followed by, “I’d like to start with that mosque down the street . . . Eye for an eye tooth for a tooth.” Later, another person added: “Maybe we should walk down the middle of the street without a worry in the world like they do shootin every one of them!!!!”[l] [Intimidation]

Houston, Texas, February 2015 – Officials with the Quba Islamic Institute say investigators with the Houston Fire Department found that an accelerant was used in the fire that broke out about 5:30 a.m. Darryl Ferguson was later arrested for the crime. During his arraignment prosecutors reported that Ferguson had told a store clerk that he “hated Muslims, they got what they deserved, and things happen for a reason.”[lii] [Intimidation]

Washington, D.C., February 2015 – [Incident 1] Vandals tore covers off prayer books, tore down bookshelves and threw a chair through a window at the Ivy City Mosque. [DDV]

Washington, D.C., February 2015 – [Incident 2] A few days later vandals ripped down religious wall hangings and broke furniture at the Ivy City Mosque.[liv] [Intimidation]

Houston, Texas, March 2015After promoting a religious lecture, the Masjid Hamza Islamic center received a threat via social media. The threat stated: “Islam should be outlawed in the US, I’ll be there to make sure you do not enjoy your ‘event.’ See you soon.” Mosque officials immediately reported the message to the Houston Police Department and the FBI.[lvi] [Intimidation]

Edmond, Okla., April 2015 – Pieces of pork were left in the parking lot and tied around a main door handle of Islamic Society of Edmond in Edmond, Okla. The vandalism reportedly occurred between early morning prayers at 6:30 a.m. and noon, when children arrived for their regularly scheduled Sunday school.[lviii] [DDV]

Tempe, Ariz., April 2015 – Over a period of several weeks, controversial “street preacher” Dean Saxton and other demonstrators targeted the Islamic Community Center of Tempe, yelling insults at the mosque’s attendees and desecrating the Quran, Islam’s revealed text.[lx] [Intimidation]

Tempe & Phoenix, Ariz., May 2015 – During Memorial Day weekend, letters were received at mosques in Tempe and Phoenix, Ariz. The letters from “Patriotic Friends” read in part: “First of all, in any state where sharia law is invoked in any way, all Imam’s in the that [sic] state and their families will die.”[lxii] [DDV]

Phoenix, Ariz., May, 2015 – Jon Ritzheimer organized an armed anti-Islam demonstration outside the Islamic Community Center of Phoenix that drew hundreds of participants and counter-protestors. Some participants “openly used strong abusive language and racist remarks on their placards.” One man wore a white supremacist t-shirt with Nazi symbols on it.[lxiv] [Intimidation]

Roanoke, Va., July, 2015 – A teenager smashed the glass front door of Masjid An-Nur.[lxvi] [DDV]

Johnson City, Tenn., July, 2015 – An online threat was made against the Muslim Community Center of Northeast Tennessee.[lxviii][DDV]

Spokane, Wash., July, 2015 – The phrase “Death to Islam” was scrawled on the Bosnia and Herzgovina Heritage Association of Spokane.[lxx]

Omaha, Neb., August 2015 – Someone was caught on surveillance video smashing a window at the Islamic Center of Omaha. Police say a group of people began throwing stones at the mosque after 3 a.m. When the rocks failed to cause damage, one vandal threw a 40-pound boulder through a side-door window. [DDV]

Monroeville, Penn., August, 2015 – At a city council meeting, Anti-Islam comments were made regarding a planned mosque.  One mosque opponent said, “It is a questionable lifestyle. It will be closed off to us, it’s anti-American. Their teachings are well against the format of normal American values.” Another mosque opponent said, “I think it’s pretty blatant when the Koran tells us, Muslims must muster all weapons to terrorize the infidels,” said Kim Wilson. “How does that end up to be self-defense? I’m just concerned about my safety and your safety.”[lxxii] [Intimidation]

Kendall, Fla., September 2015 – Worshippers arriving for Eid prayers at the Islamic School of Miami, which is also identified as a mosque, found a ceramic skull, bouquets of flowers like those used at funerals, and other objects.[lxxiv] [intimidation]

Louisville, Ky., September 2015 – Vandals spray-painted “Moslems- Leave the Jews Alone, “This is for France” and “Nazis Speak Arabic” on the Louisville Islamic Center.[lxxvi] [DDV]

Sterling Heights, Michigan, September, 2015 – A crowd outside a zoning hearing for a mosque became so hostile that an Islamic religious leader had to be escorted away for his own safety. According to a local news report “some felt the atmosphere was unsafe for Muslims in favor of the mosque.”[lxxviii] [Zoning]

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[Note: Events labeled “GRH” were part of the Global Rally for Humanity organized by John Ritzheimer, whose armed anti-Islam demonstration in Phoenix earlier in the year drew national media coverage.  The rally was initially called as a counter weight to a planned Washington, DC rally commemorating the 20th Anniversary of the Million Man March. At least 20 events were scheduled.[lxxx]Similarly, a ten-person event in Oregon was re-branded as a “pro-Police” rally and held outside a police station. A group of over 100 people who had arrived to counter the anti-Islam theme supported the new focus.[lxxxii]  A group of Nazis attempted to join the anti-Islam demonstrators, but were asked to leave by organizer Jon Ritzheimer. [Intimidation]

Oklahoma City, October, 2015 [GRH] – A lone anti-Islam demonstrator held up a sign that read “know Sharia.” [Harassment]

Plano, Texas, October 2015 [GRH] – A video of two anti-Islam demonstrators was circulated standing outside the mosque during Friday prayers. On the video, the men can be heard saying, “Your god is disgusting. This is a Judeo-Christian nation. We will take our country back from you pathetic people.”[lxxxiv] More than 100 people turned out to support the mosque and its congregation. [Harassment]

Richardson, Texas, October, 2015 [GRH] – A handful of anti-Islam demonstrators appeared outside a mosque. At least one of the six people in a photo of the demonstration was carrying a firearm.[lxxxvi] [Harassment]

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Burlington, Ma. November 2015 – Two teens spray-painted “USA” repeatedly on the exterior walls of the Islamic Center of Burlington. The graffiti was an apparent reference to a common Islamophobic theme that Muslims are not “real” Americans. [DDV]

Omaha, Neb., November 2015 – A vandal was caught on surveillance camera attempting to break a glass door at the Islamic Center in Omaha. [DDV]

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Lubbock, Texas, November, 2015 – An official with the Islamic Center of South Plains in Lubbock reported that worshipers at a mosque associated with the center discovered outside lights broken and the mosque’s main glass door smashed when they arrived for early morning prayers. Nothing was stolen from the facility.[lxxxviii] [DDV]

Lexington, Ky., November 2015 –The Islamic Center of Lexington in received an email which stated: “I’m going to kill everyone I there [sic] you Muslim f**ks. Salabis is coming for you.”[xc]   [Intimidation]

Irving, Texas, November, 2015 – A group of demonstrators calling themselves the Bureau of American Islamic Relations (BAIR) held an armed anti-Islam demonstration outside the Islamic Center of Irving. One of the demonstrators signs read, “Stop the Islamization of American.” This may be a reference to the campaign of the same name launched by inner core staple Pamela Geller. Responding to a reporter’s question, a spokesperson for BAIR said, “We do want to show force. …It would be ridiculous to protest Islam without defending ourselves.”[xcii] [DDV]

Spotsylvania, Va., November 2015 – A sheriff’s deputy ended a local government meeting to discuss a proposed the Islamic Center of Fredericksburg[xciv] [DDV]

Austin, Texas, November 2015 – Vandals targeted the Islamic Center of Pflugerville covering the door of the mosque in feces and tearing pages of the Quran and throwing them to the ground covered with feces. [DDV]

Omaha, Neb., November 2015 – Officials with the Islamic Center in Omaha reported that someone spray-painted graffiti of an Eiffel Tower peace symbol, which was being used online as a sign of solidarity with those impacted by the Paris attacks. [DDV]

St. Petersburg, Fla., November 2015 – A voicemail threat was left at the Islamic Center of St. Petersburg just hours after the Paris terror attacks. The caller said in part: “We are tired of your (expletive) and I (expletive) personally have a militia that is going to come down to your Islamic Society of Pinellas County and firebomb you and shoot whoever is there in the head. I don’t care if they are (expletive) two-years-old or 100.” [Intimidation]

Portland, OR, November, 2015 – Worshipers at the Portland Rizwan Mosque were met by a handful of sign-holding protesters shouting along the sidewalks outside the facility. One protestor was wearing a black t-shirt that said “Proud Infidel” while others were carrying signs that said “THE WAGES OF SIN & DEATH” and “JESUS SAVES FROM HELL.”[xii] [Harassment]

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Philadelphia, Penn., December, 2015 – A severed pig’s head was left outside the Al Aqsa Islamic Society.[xcvi] [Intimidation]

North Palm Beach, Fla., December, 2015 – The Islamic Center of Palm Beach was vandalized, windows were broken and the prayer room was “torn apart.” Joshua Warren Killets was arrested and charged with burglary and “damaging property at a religious center.”[xcviii] [DDV]

Jersey City, N.J., December, 2015 – The Al Tawheed Islamic Center received a letter that said, ‘We do not want you here. We do not like you. You are evil.” The letter also said, Get the hell out of OUR COUNTRY and go back to the desert. GOD BLESS AMERICANS.”[c] [DDV]

Phoenix, Ariz., December, 2015 – Vandals broke lights and windows at the Islamic Community Center of Phoenix.[cii]  Carl Dial was later arrested and charged with arson, commission of a hate crime and burglary.[civ] [Intimidation]

Hawthorne, Calif., December, 2015 – The word “Jesus” was spray-painted on the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community Baitus-Salaam Mosque and an object, later determined to be a plastic grenade, was placed inside the facility.[cvi] [DDV]

Alameda, Calif., December, 2015 – A vandal threw a brick through a window at the Islamic Center of Alameda.[cviii]


Macon, Ga., December, 2015 – A vandal spray-painted “terrorist” and profanity on the Islamic Center of Macon.