Vandals Deface Sunrise Mosque

April 4, 2006


On April 4, 2006 reported, "Members of a South Florida mosque are calling on local and federal authorities to investigate what they believe is a hate crime. The Islamic Center of South Florida reported that vandals spray-painted the walls of a mosque under construction in Sunrise with the words 'Osama Binleden.'

Altaf Ali, of the Council on American-Islamic Relations, said the vandalism was discovered on Monday... Ali said he is asking for additional police patrols outside Islamic institutions in South Florida.

'Unfortunately, we've seen these kinds of incidents happen over and over,' he said. 'Last year we had five incidents of vandalism at the Islamic Center of South Florida. This year, actually two weeks ago, there was another incident involving vandalism at the Islamic center in Hollywood. Vandals spray-painted graffiti on the walls. So, of course, this is very disturbing to us because this is a place of worship. I think Muslims should have the freedoms to express their faith as any other individuals in this community.'"