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Muslim Organization Asks For Mosque Vandalism To Be Investigated As Possible Hate Crime

Reported by: Send eMail Jeff Morris
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Web Producer: Jeff Morris
Reported: Dec. 20, 2013 10:23 AM EST

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Princeton, Mercer County , West Virginia

The nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization is calling on state and federal law enforcement authorities to investigate vandalism at a West Virginia mosque as a possible hate crime.

The Council on American-Islamic Relations said in a news release that it is asking for the hate crimes designation because graffiti was sprayed on the Islamic Society of Appalachian Region near Princeton earlier this week. Muslim leaders said the graffiti on the mosque and its sign made obscene references to Allah.

"Just as we have requested following past hate incidents targeting American mosques, we urge the FBI to join with local authorities in investigating this case and bringing the perpetrators to justice," said Ibrahim Hooper, national communications director for the national council.

The Mercer County mosque also was similarly targeted following the 9/11 terrorist attacks.

Mercer County sheriff's deputies are investigating last week's vandalism incident.

Dr. Abdul Rashid Piracha, a leader of the mosque, said the latest vandalism is deeply troubling.

"I have lived in Princeton West Virginia for more than 40 years. Most members of our congregation have lived in this area for more than 25 years. Our children attend the local schools. We feel that we are part and parcel of this community. This hurts us because it feels like the perpetrators hate us as a group," Piracha said.



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