CAIR-NY calls for investigation.
By The American Bazaar Staff
NEW YORK: A recent rash of anti-Muslim graffiti in the Brooklyn neighborhood of Kensington has prompted the Council on American-Islamic Relations’ New York chapter (CAIR-NY) to call on local law enforcement officials to investigate these apparent hate crimes.
“No community should be subjected to this type of anonymous hate campaign,” said CAIR-NY Director of Operations Sadyia Khalique, in a statement. “We urge local law enforcement authorities and public officials to investigate this ongoing hate vandalism and to bring the perpetrators to justice.”
Graffiti has been discovered all over the neighborhood, saying such heinous things as “Islam is evil,” “Allah is evil,” and “Islam is barbaric.” These phrases have been sprayed onto everything from ticket machines to mailboxes, and have the local Muslim population both incensed and worried.
Making the racism more alarming is that Kensington is generally known for being one of the more diverse neighborhoods in all of New York City, let alone Brooklyn itself. Local news source KensingtonBK.com said that the graffiti has been seen as far back as Halloween of last year, and now CAIR-NY has joined the call to bring these perpetrators to justice.
CAIR-NY has a strong record of making progress when it comes to criminal investigations against Muslims. Recently, the organization called for an investigation into another hate crime, in which a Muslim street cart vendor was violently stabbed by a man who shouted “Go back to your [expletive] country!”
The following video, showing examples of the anti-Muslim graffiti, was provided courtesy of CAIR-NY: