US anti-Muslim attacks hitting record high

The wave of Islamophobia sweeping across the US has hit an all time record high with reports of firebombed mosques, and Muslim women being attacked in public

US anti-Muslim attacks hitting record high

World Bulletin / News Desk

Crimes against Muslims and vandalism at mosques appear to have hit an all-time high in the wake of terrorist attacks in France and California. Mosques are struggling with security, as some have hired armed guards or asked the federal government for help.
 
A report in Al Jazeera states that two women verbally assaulted at a restaurant in Texas; arson striking a Somali restaurant in North Dakota; threatening phone calls and letters sent to a mosque in New Jersey; and the beating of a Muslim shopkeeper in New York are just some of the dozens of reported hate crimes and bias incidents that have taken place in recent weeks, according to a tally maintained by USA Today.

On Sunday, two mosques in Hawthorne, California became were the latest that were targeted in a string of anti-Muslim attacks that are on now on the rise since a Muslim couple killed 14 people and injured 21 more at a terrorist attack on a holiday party in San Bernardino.

“A few of our members went to early morning prayer at about 5 a.m. and they found graffiti on the outside wall and ‘Jesus’ was written on the fence,” Zahid Mian, a member of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community Baitus-Salaam Mosque, told the San Bernardino Sun. “As Muslims we don’t really find [the crosses] very offensive, but the act of vandalizing is disturbing.”

A grenade was found inside the building with police cordoning off the area, but later determined that the weapon was a plastic replica.

The Islamic Center of Hawthorne was also vandalized Sunday, with the phrase “Jesus is the way” scrawled on the building.

On Thursday, a man carrying a knife made threatening comments to a Muslim woman at a car wash in Chino Hills, California. Daniel Senteno, 40, was arrested on suspicion of making criminal threats and brandishing a weapon, but investigators are likely to pursue hate-crime charges in the case, Cindy Bachman, a San Bernardino County sheriff’s spokeswoman, told the Inland Valley Daily Bulletin. Senteno’s bail has been set at $75,000. He is is currently in custody.

 

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