(SOUTHFIELD, MI, 6/12/12) -- The Michigan chapter of the Council on
American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-MI) today called on the FBI to
investigate a possible bias motive for a fire and hate graffiti
targeting a building associated with a Dearborn mosque.
CAIR-MI said obscene graffiti with the word "Arabs" was discovered
along with an apparently intentionally-set fire at the Dearborn Woods
Community Center, which is associated with the nearby American Muslim Center.
"If a bias motive is revealed in this case, the FBI should add its
resources to those of local law enforcement authorities to help bring
the perpetrators to justice," said CAIR-MI Executive Director Dawud Walid.
Walid noted that there have been a number of similar incidents
targeting mosques nationwide.
Video: CAIR-MN Says Mosque Vandalism Should Be Taken Seriously
Video: FBI Joins Possible Hate Crime Investigation at Md. Mosque (CAIR)
Video: CAIR Seeks Bias Probe of Calif. Mosque Vandalism
CAIR: Politics Behind Rise in Muslim Hate Crimes (LA Times)
Video: CAIR Seeks Hate Crime Probe of Threats Sent to N.C. Mosques
CAIR-MI is asking members of the Muslim community to review security
procedures using advice contained in its "Muslim Community Safety Kit."
SEE: CAIR Muslim Community Safety Kit
A number of recent reports have documented the growth and promotion
of Islamophobia nationwide.
CAIR: Same Hate, New Target
Center for American Progress: Fear, Inc.
Southern Poverty Law Center: Jihad Against Islam
People for the American Way: The Right-Wing Playbook on Anti-Muslim Extremism
CAIR is America's largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy
organization. Its mission is to enhance the understanding of Islam,
encourage dialogue, protect civil liberties, empower American
Muslims, and build coalitions that promote justice and mutual understanding.
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