Two Valley Islamic Locations Targeted with Anti-Muslim Posters

June 14, 2006

Source: The Arizona Republic

On June 14, 2006 The Arizona Republic reported, "Handmade posters carrying anti-Islamic messages were found less than a day apart at two Valley Islamic locations, prompting the Arizona chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations to seek a hate-crimes investigation.

During afternoon prayers Sunday, around 5 p.m., members of the Islamic Community Center of Tempe found a white poster board at the mosque with messages scrawled in black marker attacking the Prophet Mohammed and Muslims. The 3- by 2-foot sign was taped to a dumpster facing the mosque but was not on its property. No damage was found, Sgt. Dan Masters, a Tempe police spokesman, said in an e-mail...

Employees at the council found a similar white poster taped to their office door, 202 E. McDowell Road, at 9 a.m. Monday, Elatari said. The words, transliterated from Arabic into English spelling, distorted a common Islamic prayer about Mohammed into an insult, she said.

Phoenix police have assigned the case to the bias crimes unit and have classified it as a 'threat' report, said Detective Tony Morales, Phoenix police spokesman."