World Bulletin / News Desk
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.