Milpitas Mosque Door Vandalized, Motive Unknown

May 18, 2006


On May 18, 2006 reported, "Vandals shattered a $350 front door of an Islamic mosque in Milpitas this week but police say so far they have no evidence indicating it was a hate crime.

Visitors who came to attend an early morning prayer discovered the smashed glass front door at Masjid Dar Al-Salaam, located at 90 Dempsey Road, around 5 a.m. Tuesday.

Milpitas police Detective Peter Prolo said today police found no graffiti, notes or other evidence to suggest the mosque was targeted in a hate crime.

Yet, the San Francisco Bay Area Chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) is concerned about Bay Area Muslims being singled out in hate crime-related attacks because of such incidents being reported recently across the nation.

'CAIR attributes these incidents to existing levels of anti-Muslim bias in American society and war-related sentiment,' the organization wrote in a statement."