FBI Asked to Probe Hate Graffiti Sprayed on
Michigan Mosque

Southfield, MI: The Michigan chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-MI) has called on local, state and national law enforcement authorities to investigate hate graffiti found on the old Islamic Center of America in Detroit.
Vandals spray-painted, "(RAH) You idol worship" and "Go home 911 murderers," across an entire wall of the building. The graffiti was reported to CAIR-MI by a passing motorist.
Members of the new Islamic Center of America, located in Dearborn, Mich., were recently involved in a nationwide controversy with Northwest Airlines over denial of boarding for a group of Muslim travelers returning from the annual Hajj, or pilgrimage to Mecca. The airline has since apologized to the pilgrims.
SEE: Northwest, Muslims Settle Clash (Detroit News)
A nearby mosque was also targeted by vandals. Two other area mosques were vandalized earlier this month (January). A number of Muslim-owned businesses have also been targeted.
SEE: Damage to Businesses and Mosques in Detroit Raises Wider Fears (Detroit Free Press)
"Based on the recent rash of vandalism targeting area mosques, we urge the FBI to add its resources to those of local law enforcement," said CAIR-MI Executive Director Dawud Walid. "The perpetrators of these acts, whoever they may be, should face the full force of the law."



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