SOUTH PLAINFIELD, N.J., June 29, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The New Jersey chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-NJ) today called on state and federal law enforcement authorities to investigate vandalism of a mosque in that state as a possible hate crime.
An official with the Islamic Center of Morris County in Rockaway, N.J., told CAIR that someone spray-painted a Nazi swastika on an exterior door of the mosque Friday evening. The alleged perpetrator was caught on surveillance video entering the mosque and then going out to a vehicle and returning to spend time at the site of the graffiti. Rockaway Borough Police are investigating the incident as "criminal mischief."
SEE: Islamic Center Vandalized in Rockaway http://www.dailyrecord.com/article/20130629/NJNEWS/306290003/
The mosque had faced opposition several years ago when it was in its planning stage.SEE: Suit Seeks to Overturn Mosque Plan in Rockaway http://www.nj.com/news/index.ssf/2008/03/suit_seeks_to_overturn_mosque.html "Because of the nature of this incident and because of other recent incidents targeting American mosques, we urge local, state and federal law enforcement authorities to investigate a possible bias motive," said CAIR-NJ Civil Rights Director Khurrum Ali. Ali noted that earlier this month, CAIR's Minnesota chapter called on law enforcement authorities to investigate repeated vandalism targeting a mosque in that state. Video: CAIR Seeks Probe of Bias Motive for Minnesota Mosque Vandalism http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Awipdvm_pQQ He said CAIR made similar calls for hate crime investigations after some two dozen paintballs were fired at a Texas mosque and a Georgia mosque was vandalized. Video: CAIR Rep Says Texas Mosque Vandalism Should Not Be Taken Lightly http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kyqXljYkpOM Video: CAIR Says Ga. Mosque Vandalism May Be Tied to London Incident http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yVZGJDgpaO0 Video: CAIR Asks FBI to Probe Georgia Mosque Vandalism http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sNWYluib7As CAIR recently began distributing new safety and security guidelines to mosques and other Islamic institutions nationwide.