CAIR Denounces Vandalism at Hamilton Mosque

July 19, 2004

Source: Council on American-Islamic Relations (Canada)

On July 19, 2004 the Council on American-Islamic Relations (Canada) issued a press release that reported, "A national Muslim group has denounced reports of vandalism on a Hamilton mosque and asked police to treat it as a possible hate crime. The Council on American-Islamic Relations Canada (CAIR-CAN), a grassroots organization that works against discrimination, released a statement Wednesday condemning three incidents at the Umar Mosque on Rennie Street. Eggs have been thrown at the building in the past two weeks, twice during Friday prayer. 'I think the fact the mosque was targeted three times in two weeks does provide strong evidence that it was a hate crime,' said CAIR-CAN executive director Riad Saloojee. 'Hate crime investigations tend to be a lot more thorough and treated more serious than run-of-the-mill vandalism investigations,' Saloojee said. The incidents are being investigated by Hamilton police."