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CAIR Calls for Hate Crime Probe of 'F**k Islam' Vandalism of Florida Mosque

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(Miami, FL, 11/2/2016) - The Council on American-Islamic Relations - Florida (CAIR Florida), the state's largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization, today called for a hate crime investigation of "F**k Islam and F** ISIS" vandalism of the Al Amin Islamic Center in Boynton Beach, Florida. The apparent hate vandalism was caught on the Islamic Center's surveillance video and shows a car entering the property at around 12:40am and an individual approaching the entrance sign of the mosque on foot.  The Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office is in charge of this investigation [PBSO Case Report #; 16-1-46761]. Federal law enforcement authorities have also been notified.
 
The apparent hate vandalism was caught on the Islamic center's surveillance video and shows a car entering the property at around 12:40 a.m. and an individual approaching approaching the entrance sign of the mosqueon foot.  The Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office is in charge of this investigation [PBSO Case Report #; 16-1-46761]. Federal law enforcement authorities have been also notified.
 
"Our community continues to suffer from an increase in hate crimes and hate incidents. We still have fresh in our memories the recent hate crime committed at the Islamic Center of Ft. Pierce that was attacked by an arsonist. The hate speech and rhetoric that has come along this presidential campaign is fueling this type of crime that endangers not only the Muslim community but the Florida community in general," said Wilfredo Amr Ruiz, CAIR-Florida Communications Director.
 
Al Amin Islamic Center is located at: 7947 S. Military Trail, Boynton Beach, Florida 33436
 
MEDIA RESOURCES
 
1. Surveillance Video Footage from 2 cameras may be found here: 
 
a.  At CAM 15 video we may observe the car entering the parking lot and driving back to the entrance area where he committed the crime 
 
b. At the top right corner of CAM 10 video it may be observed:
* At 00:40:25 am a vehicle arrives at AAIC
* At 00:40:55 the individual parks the vehicle next to the illuminated sign
* At 00:41:30 the individual is caught on camera on foot next to the sign
* At 00:42:32 the vehicle exits the property

2. Pictures of the vandalism may be downloaded in this link:
Several media outlets have covered other recent hate crimes/incidents against the Muslim community in South Florida.
 
 
 
CAIR-Florida is the state's largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization. Its mission is to enhance the understanding of Islam, encourage dialogue, protect civil liberties of all people, empower American Muslims, and build coalitions that promote justice and mutual understanding.
 
La misión de CAIR-Florida es mejorar la comprensión del Islam, fomentar el diálogo, proteger las libertades civiles, capacitar a los musulmanes estadounidenses, y construir coaliciones que promuevan la justicia y la comprensión mutua.
 
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