Police: Racist graffiti on La Crosse business being investigated as hate crime

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La Crosse Police said Monday they are investigating a recent case of racist graffiti as a hate crime.

“This incident is not a reflection of our community, but rather a reflection of a hate-filled person,” Chief Ron Tischer said.

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Alberta Muslim group condemns racist letter received by Edmonton mosque

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An Alberta Muslim group is speaking out against a racist letter received at an Edmonton mosque last month.

The letter, delivered to Markaz Ul Islam Mosque, urges the mosque to “close down your fake worship house and leave or accept Jesus as your one true God.”Continue Reading

Man Spits on Muslim Woman on Long Island City Street, Cops Investigating as Hate Crime

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The police have released a photo of a man who allegedly spat on a Muslim woman on a Dutch Kills street last week.

The suspect allegedly walked past the woman–who was wearing a hijab–at around 1:30 p.m. on Jan. 29 and spat on her in front of 37-14 30th St. The police said that the incident is being investigated by its Hate Crimes Task Force.

The police are offering a $2,500 reward for information on the case.

The suspect was last seen wearing a gray hoodie, dark gray jacket, blue jeans and black sneakers.

Anyone with information on the case should contact the Crime Stoppers hotline at 1-800-577-8477, or text CRIMES and then enter TIP577, or visit http://www.nypdcrimestoppers.com.

Hate mail sent to Edmonton mosque ‘concerning’ to community

Letter was sent to Markaz-Ul-Islam in southeast Edmonton

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Alberta politicians quickly denounced hate mail sent to an Edmonton mosque this week that told worshippers of Islam they “don’t belong here in Alberta.”

The letter, which was left at Markaz-Ul-Islam on 36th Avenue and 79th Street, was posted online Wednesday by the Alberta Muslim Public Affairs Council.

Faisal Suri, president of AMPAC, said the incident is disheartening and concerning.

“People do fear these things. It’s very close to the Quebec shooting incident — a lot of those things are in the heads of people. We’re not saying that that’s what this is. We’re saying people don’t know anything better. They’re quite heightened when somebody trespasses into a place of worship.”

In January 2017, Alexandre Bissonnette murdered six Muslim men after storming into a mosque in Quebec City. He is scheduled to be sentenced for the crime Thursday.

Less than two weeks ago, a pair of “suspicious men” walked into a different Edmonton mosque, one wearing a tuque with the word “infidel” written on it in Arabic.  The incident was reported to police.

“These letters have happened before,” Suri said. “They are concerning.”

Premier Rachel Notley, in a statement posted to Twitter, said she “stand(s) with Muslim Albertans and all who oppose this hate.”

UCP Leader Jason Kenney also condemned the letter, which had the United Conservative Party logo pasted at the bottom of the message, along with a symbol for “The Clann.”

Edmonton police have confirmed the hate crimes and violent extremism unit is investigating the letter sent to Markaz-Ul-Islam.

 

Islamophobia is alive and well

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Because of the “see something, say something” diligence of students at Greece Odyssey Academy in Monroe County a dastardly plot was uncovered by Greece Police. They discovered that four young men, aged 16 to 20, were planning to attack a Muslim community in Delaware County. During the investigation, police found that the men were deadly serious and in possession of three homemade explosive devices and 23 firearms.Continue Reading

‘Muslim ban’: Two years on, Trump’s order still destroying lives

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Advocates urge politicians to find a fix to undo controversial executive order upheld by US Supreme Court.Continue Reading