Police Investigate Hate Crimes At Mosque And Church In Brooklyn


NYPD’s Hate Crimes Unit is investigating two vandalism incidents at non secular establishments in Brooklyn this week.

Parishioners at St. Athanasius Catholic Church on Bay Parkway found Friday that an infinite crucifix was torn down from the church grounds and an American flag on the rectory was burned, police stated.

“We’re deeply saddened to tell you that the Cross on our Church property was vandalized final night time,” the church posted on its Fb web page. “This exhibition of violence and non secular hatred may be very disturbing. That is positively an offensive act not solely to our Parish however to the Catholic Church! We ask our political leaders to behave on the difficulty of spiritual hate crime ASAP! That is unacceptable!”

No arrests have been made as of Saturday.

On Thursday morning, members of the Tayba Islamic Heart on Coney Island Avenue in Midwood found anti-Palestinian graffiti on their constructing as they gathered to rejoice Eid al-Fitr and the top of Ramadan.

“Dying to Palestine” was sprayed in blue paint on the mosque’s wall, NYPD stated. No arrests have been made.

The mosque is basically Pakistani, not Palestinian, worshippers identified to WABC-7.

“I am stunned after I noticed this on the wall,” Imam Mohammad Younas stated in an interview with WABC-7. “And, hopefully, the NYPD get the individual, whoever did this.”

The graffiti drew condemnation from the New York chapter of Council on American-Islamic Relations, an advocacy group for Muslim civil rights. In an announcement, Ahmed Mohamed, CAIR-NY’s authorized director, stated authorities from all ranges of presidency ought to examine the vandalism.

“The Muslim group is going through assaults all over the world, and the dearth of efficient responses to atrocities dedicated overseas appear to have emboldened these right here to behave on their hatred for Muslims and Palestinians. “Given the occasions in Palestine and the Eid vacation, regulation enforcement should examine this vandalism as a hate crime and swiftly apprehend the suspect. Muslims should worship in peace whether or not in Al-Aqsa mosque in Jerusalem, all through Palestine or in Tayba Islamic Heart, Brooklyn.”

Governor Andrew Cuomo launched an announcement Friday additionally condemning the graffiti:

“I’m appalled to study of the hateful graffiti scrawled on the wall of Tayba Islamic Heart in Brooklyn yesterday as Muslims right here in New York and internationally celebrated Eid al-Fitr,” Cuomo stated. “The Muslim group has lengthy been a part of the patchwork of our New York household, and we stand united with our Muslim brothers and sisters within the face of hate. I directed the New York State Police Hate Crimes Process Pressure to supply their help within the investigation of this racist vandalism and I sit up for seeing the folks liable for this crime delivered to justice.”