6 دسمبر، 2014

Are Anti-Muslim Hate Crimes On The Rise?

 



Two Muslim communities in the Midwest have reported serious crimes in the past two days, suggesting that hate crimes against Muslims in the U.S. may be on the rise. 

The incidents come after a string of anti-Muslim crimes in four states -- Washington, California, Texas and New York -- since the Israel-Gaza conflict and beheading of two American journalists by terror group ISIS that took place this summer. Local chapters of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) have called for federal investigations on the incidents that have damaged property and, in one case, took a life.

The most recent incident took place on Thursday night when a 15-year-old boy was killed in a hit-and-run outside the Somali Center of Kansas City. According to police, the boy’s legs were severed when an SUV intentionally swerved towards him and struck him. He was transported to a hospital but died from his injuries. The driver of the vehicle, a man in his thirties, ran from the scene but was eventually caught by the police and taken into custody. Family members told WDAF-TV the teenager was the son of the Somali Center’s leader.

Community members say the driver has been threatening the Muslim community for months on Facebook and in person. They shared a photo with the media of the man's SUV with anti-Muslim graffiti on its back window that read, "Quran is a virus disease woreste [sic] than Ebola."

Police would not say whether the SUV in the photo was the same involved in the incident. No graffiti was reported to be appearing on the vehicle, however a machete was found inside the car, KCTV reports.

“We urge federal authorities to get involved in this case in order to send the message that our nation’s leaders will not allow American Muslims to be targeted because of their faith,” CAIR-Kansas Chairman Moussa Elbayoumy said in a statement Friday.

The deadly Kansas City incident comes a day after vandalism was reported at the Central Minnesota Islamic Center in St. Cloud. The incident was the third time the building’s windows were damaged in recent weeks.

Worshippers’ property has also been targeted. Earlier this week, at the Islamic Center of St. Cloud, located around the corner from the Central Minnesota Islamic Center, congregants said their car windows were damaged while they were attending morning prayers.

"At the beginning we were thinking it was isolated -- a student or drunk person. But it isn't," Mohamoud Mohamed, spokesmsan for the Central Minnesota Islamic Center, told the St. Cloud Times said about the vandalism. "It is some person or persons who are causing damage and targeting our faith facilities."

In nearby St. Paul, Minnesota, graffiti was found on a driveway in a neighborhood where several Muslim families live. A neighbor reported the graffiti on Oct. 28 which read, “[expletive] Islam” written in motor oil on the pavement, the Minnesota Star Tribune reports.

“It’s troubling because St. Paul is very diverse and there’s a large Muslim community in Minnesota,” CAIR-MN executive director Lori Saroya said about the incident.

Minnesota has a large Somali population,  the majority of whom are Muslim. An estimated 77,000 or more live in the state. Most arrived as refugees and have been resettled by local agencies such as Lutheran Social Services, Catholic Charities and World Relief. In Missouri, Somali refugees are the second-largest refugee population in the state, with 1,900 people arriving between 2000 and 2011.

According to the 2012 Missouri Hate Crime report, 10 percent of hate crimes that were motivated by a religious bias were anti-Islamic in nature. The state of Minnesota does not offer similar hate crime statistics, however Saroya said her office has not received recent reports of other anti-Muslim crimes, although mosques and homes are vandalized a few times each year in Minnesota.

Anti-Muslim sentiment has been reported elsewhere in the United States.

On Nov. 20, headstones and memorials at a Muslim cemetery in Maltby, Washington, were found destroyed. In California, mosques in Santa Cruz and San Diego were vandalized in October and November. A shooting took place at a mosque in Coachella on Nov. 4. No one was injured.

And on Thursday, a Houston elementary school teacher resigned after anti-Muslim comments she made on a political talk show. "I am so sick of the bacon-haters coming here and demanding that we bend to their culture -- no," Angela Box said on a segment discussing terrorism. She also used profanity when discussing Muslims.

In New York City, NYPD police said the number of hate crimes against Jews and Muslims has spiked since the Israel-Gaza conflict this summer and the beheading of two American journalists by the Islamic Sate group, also known as ISIS or ISIL.

As of Sept. 9 ,there was a 35 percent increase in anti-Semitic incidents reported in the city compared to 2013. As for anti-Muslim hate crimes, there were 15 incidents in 2014 compared to seven last year. 12 took place between July and August.

“A person normally not offended is offended and is moved to take action,” Deputy Chief Michael Osgood of the NYPD’s Hate Crimes Task Force said at a news conference referring to the reasons behind the recent spike.

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