East Tempe, AZ Mosque Vandalized

Source: The Arizona Republic

http://www.azcentral.com/arizonarepublic/local/articles/0919evmosquevandal19.html

On September 19, 2003, The Arizona Republic reported that “Muslim leaders and police spoke out against the latest attack at a Tempe mosqueMasjid (plural masajid) in Arabic means “place of prostration,” or the place where Muslims bow in prayer; in English, this word has become “mosque.” A masjid contains a prayer hall in which there is a mihrab or prayer niche, and a minbar or pulpit... after vandals spray-painted the front door early Thursday…Muslims and Tempe Police Chief Ralph Tranter [spoke] at a press conference outside the Islamic Cultural Center…This is the fifth incident of vandalism at the center this year. In July, vandals set fire to a car parked there, and the three other incidents also involved vehicles.”


East Tempe, AZ Mosque Vandalized

Source: East Valley Tribune

On September 19, 2003 the East Valley Tribune reported that “swastikas and other symbols spray-painted on a Tempe mosqueMasjid (plural masajid) in Arabic means “place of prostration,” or the place where Muslims bow in prayer; in English, this word has become “mosque.” A masjid contains a prayer hall in which there is a mihrab or prayer niche, and a minbar or pulpit... Thursday have stirred fears that hate crimes are on the rise. ‘This is classic Nazi skinhead graffiti, here,’ said Joel Breshin, the former regional director of the Anti-Defamation LeagueThe Anti-Defamation League is a Jewish organization founded in 1913 to fight anti-Semitism through programs and services that counteract hatred, prejudice and bigotry. Its mission is “to stop the defamation of the Jewish people, to secure justice and fa... in Phoenix.”