Calif. Muslims want fed probe of pig-leg vandalism

ONTARIO, Calif.—Pig’s legs were thrown on the proposed site of a Southern California mosque, and a Muslim civil rights group is asking federal officials to investigate.

Worshippers said two women threw the three legs onto the driveway of the proposed Al-Nur Islamic Center in Ontario shortly before 10 p.m. Tuesday and sped away in a white pickup, said Munira Syeda, spokeswoman for the Greater Los Angeles Area chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations.

Pork is forbidden to practicing Muslims and pigs are considered unclean animals.

“This is Ramadan. It’s the holiest time of the year for most Muslims, so it’s especially offensive,” Syeda said Friday.

A security guard saw the incident and a vandalism report was filed with the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department.

No arrests have been made, sheriff’s spokeswoman Cindy Bachman said.

In a letter sent to the U.S. Department of Justice on Thursday, the council urged the government to open a hate-crime investigation.

The vandalism came only days after four teenagers were arrested for allegedly throwing lemons and oranges at a mosque in the San Francisco Bay area of Hayward. It occurred last Saturday during prayers at the American Muslim Association.

Four Hayward boys, ages 13 to 16, were arrested on suspicion of vandalism that interfered with the civil rights of the worshippers.

It was one of several recent vandalism attacks on the mosque, authorities said.

CAIR’s national headquarters issued a community safety advisory for U.S. mosques this week following “other incidents targeting mosques” in Missouri and Rhode Island and after the deadly shooting at a Sikh temple in Wisconsin, the group said.

Rhode Island Muslims ask for FBI, police security help after mosque vandalism

Members of Rhode Island’s Muslim community have asked to meet with police and the FBI to request heightened security at their places of worship after the sign for a mosque in North Smithfield was vandalized.

Farid Ansari, president of the Rhode Island Council for Muslim Advancement and an imam at the Muslim American Dawah Center of Rhode Island in Providence, said Tuesday they are concerned because of the fatal attack on a Sikh temple in Wisconsin on Sunday and a suspicious fire at a mosque in Missouri on Monday.

“Hopefully, it’s just a simple case of vandalism, but we can’t be sure. Of particular concern is what happened within the Sikh community,” Ansari said. “We can’t just not pay attention to these types of things. We don’t know if they are connected or not.”

The incident at the Masjid Al-Islam happened early Sunday morning. Surveillance video showed a person walk up to the mosque’s sign, struggle with it then knock down a large piece of it, put it into a car and drive away, said North Smithfield Police Capt. Tim Lafferty. The vandalism was first reported by The Providence Journal.

CFCM calls for action against racist insults in Tarascon, France

News Agencies – May 24, 2012

A leading French Muslim group says three mosques have been vandalized and is urging authorities to punish the perpetrators. The French Council of the Muslim Faith, or CFCM, said racist insults and Nazi slogans were scrawled on a mosque in the southeastern town of Tarascon and another in the eastern city of Strasbourg. It said the mosque in the southern town of Draguignan was vandalized May 17.
In a statement, the CFCM expressed concern about what it called the “multiplication of these cowardly and hateful acts” and warned against complacency. Muslim and Jewish graveyards and religious buildings around France have long suffered sporadic vandalism. The group urged authorities to track down and punish those responsible “with all the necessary severity.”

Dutch Town Property Hit with Pro-Moroccan Vandalism

5 March 2012

 

Property in Zundert, a town in the Netherlands, was targeted with anti-Dutch vandalism. 22 cars, as well as wall, fences, and a school playground were painted with pro-Moroccan slogans overnight. Police are searching for perpetrators, as residents clean the neighbourhood.

 

Vandals caused $60,000 in damage to mosque under construction in Va.

Vandals attacked an under-construction mosque in Chantilly over the weekend, causing extensive damage, authorities said.
All of the mosque’s first-level windows and door glass were shattered by thrown rocks, causing about $60,000 in damages, according to Usman Ghumman, general secretary for the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community Mosque.

He said the doors and windows were custom made to match the mosque’s design and artifacts.

Fairfax County police found the damage the morning of Jan. 30, but said there is no evidence that the vandals entered the building. Empty beer cans, liquor bottles and rocks were also found scattered on the mosque’s grounds and roof.

“If one or two windows were broken, we would have thought it was a random act of vandalism, but all fingers are pointing toward being a hate crime,” Ghumman said.

Muslim Extremists Accused of Obscuring Bikini Advert

13.05.2011
In the Balsall Heath area of Birmingham, an advertisement for bikinis by the high-street retailer H&M, showing a bikini model on a beach, has been blacked out with spray paint. More specifically, the body and the face of model have been covered up with black paint. As the area has a large population, local residents speculate that the act of vandalism was a religiously-motivated attack, carried out by Muslim extremists who were offended by the scantily-dressed model. The police also believe that extremists who object to women in swimsuits or bikinis are responsible for this act.

Mosque in Dorval, Quebec Vandalized

Montreal Gazette – April 14, 2011

A Dorval mosque that has been plagued by vandalism in the past had two windows and several doors broken during an overnight break-in. “I’m not sure if it was thieves or vandals,” said Mehmet Deger, president of the Dorval Mosque. “But it’s very upsetting to our members when it happens.”
He said the culprits broke in through a fire exit door and stole a computer. But they also used some kind of slingshot to fire steel bolts through a couple of windows, including a large picture window. In 2009, the mosque was vandalized four times, usually with graffiti painted on walls. The last time it was vandalized was in September 2009. The mosque has about 2,000 members and has been operating since 1994.

Anti-Muslim hate groups harass French anthropologist Dounia Bouzar

News Agencies – February 22, 2011

The vehicle and motorcycle of French anthropologist Dounia Bouzar were vandalized outside of her Parisian residence. Several inflammatory texts were included. The French Council of the Muslim Faith (CFCM) has publicly condemned the vandalism and remarks.

Map: Nationwide Anti-Mosque Activity

The controversy over the planned Park 51 community center in New York City is only one example of opposition to mosques and Islamic centers in the United States. Existing and proposed mosque sites across the country have been targeted for vandalism and other criminal acts, and there have been efforts to block or deny necessary zoning permits for the construction and expansion of other facilities.

St. Louis Mosque Defacing Being Investigated by FBI

The FBI is investigating an act of vandalism against a south St. Louis mosque, amid rising rhetoric against Muslims. Someone spray-painted a pentagram and the phrase, “worship satan” on an old coal chute door on the side of the building.

Two FBI agents took photographs and interviewed members of the Masjid Qooba at 1925 Allen, after someone spray painted the side of the building with a pentagram and the words “worship Satan.”