The Calgary Sun – September 12, 2010
Vandals tossed a chunk of concrete through the front window of mayoral hopeful Naheed Nenshi’s campaign office early Sunday morning, hours after several of his signs were damaged and stolen throughout the northwest. Stopping short of calling it an attack against his Muslim faith, Nenshi noted the vandalism did come on the anniversary of Sept. 11.
According to spokesman Stephen Carter, volunteers on Nenshi’s campaign team saw a man and a woman in a black truck cutting signs down and taking them on Saturday night while using anti-Muslim slurs. Shards of broken glass littered the floor of Nenshi’s headquarters on 16 Ave. N.E. when workers arrived Sunday morning but he doesn’t think any of his political rivals were behind the attack.
The Sorgues Mosque in the Vaucluse region was vandalized with racist inscriptions last Saturday evening. The vandalism follows a series of other French mosques vandalized this month. It is the sixth time this year that a French mosque has been tarnished by racist graffiti. President of the CFCM (French Council of the Muslim Faith) Mohammed Moussaoui says that Muslims now have a right to ask about the “real objectives” behind these acts.
Socialist Party mayor of Strasbourg Roland Ries’ private home was vandalized with Islamophobic and “anti-minaret” slogans. In November in the midst of the Swiss minaret banning referendum and controversy, Ries told reporters that there would be “no reason” to impose a similar minaret ban in Strasbourg, particularly for one currently under construction. The vandalism is still under investigation.
A mosque in Castres (Tarn) was vandalized by unknown assailants with xenophobic messages and crosses, and “Sieg heil” on the outside walls. Other inscriptions included “France for the French” and “White Power”, according to Abdelmalek Bouregba, president of the Islamic Association of Castres. Pig feet were also suspended in the doorway alongside drawings of the French flag. The inside of the mosque was unaffected.
Eight Muslim tombs within the municipal cemetery of La Manche were desecrated October 22. The tombs were located in Montjoie-Saint-Martin, Normandy and covered with Nazi-related symbols. All eight tombs were of Moroccan soldiers who died in service of France during the Second World War.
Area chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-SFBA) today called on state and federal law enforcement authorities to investigate a possible bias motive for vandalism of the home of a Muslim woman who is running for elected office.
CAIR said the house of Nadja Adolf, a Newark resident running for a seat on her local city council, was egged on Sunday, October 11. Adolf is a long-time Newark resident and has never had any previous complaints about property vandalism. A picture of her, wearing an Islamic head scarf, or hijab, was published in a local newspaper just days before the incident.
“Because of the circumstances surrounding this incident, we believe it is important that a possible bias motive be investigated,” said Zahra Billoo, programs and outreach director for CAIR-SFBA. “Our community’s religious, political and community leaders need to be vigilant of and address the growing anti-Muslim rhetoric in our society that can lead to such incidents.”
A Mosque in Dorval, in Montreal’s West Island, has been vandalized for the fourth time this year. The mosque’s doors were spray painted with the words “Koran 511” in orange graffiti.
In June 2008 and April 2009, the same mosque, the Turkish Muslim Association of Montreal mosque in Dorval, was vandalized in a similar manner, with similar messages. In all of instances, the mosque was spray painted with the word “Koran 511”, which references verses of the Quran that are often taken out of their historical context and misinterpreted as implying that Islam teaches Muslims to wage wars against non-Muslims.
The headstones of Muslim soldiers killed in the first World War have been vandalized in the North-western Slovenian Log pod Mangartom. The tombstones were sprayed with Serbian nationalistic symbols. Community Secretary Nizet Poric reacted angrily to the act of defacement, saying that the incidents are “first-class vandalism (and were) right out of order.” The local Islamic community has been notified, and the police are still investigating the incident. The cemetery is the final resting place of Bosnian soldiers who fought in the Austrian army during WWI and killed in the battles of 1916.
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The Council on American-Islamic Relations called on the FBI to investigate a recent incident of vandalism against a Chicago area mosque as a possible hate crime. The Islamic Foundation Mosque in Villa Park was vandalized last week, which is the fourth such incident in two months. A mosque employee discovered that two windows were shattered on the mosque, and a five-gallon tank of flammable liquid had been spilled in the mosque’s school – an area that is currently under construction. Two weeks ago, mosque authorities found a Star of David in a part of the mosque undergoing construction. Shortly before that, anti-Islamic messages were spray-painted on the outer walls of the mosque, and windows and glass were shattered in another prior incident.
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A small fire in the mosque’s washroom as well as Nazi inscriptions were among the vandalism found in a Muslim prayer room in Meyzieu in the Rhone region of France. The mayor of Meyzieu, Michel Forissier, told the press that these degradations should not impede the official inauguration of the prayer hall at the beginning of Ramadan. Forissier added that there was no official opposition to the building of the 300 m2 mosque in the commune.
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