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New York Times: Muslims Targeted in Wave of Firebombing

All the facts on this are not clear yet, but it is being reported as a bias crime in many reports. If this holds true then it will be another manifestation of the all too real threat to Muslim communities from radical hatemongers.

Four Attacks in Queens With Homemade Firebombs

By ELIZABETH A. HARRIS (NYTimes)

A wave of arson attacks spread across eastern Queens on Sunday night, and the police said the firebombings were being investigated as bias crimes — with Muslims as the targets.

No one was hurt in the four attacks, in which homemade firebombs were apparently used. In three of the four attacks, the police said, Molotov cocktails were made with Starbucks bottles.

The first attack occurred just before 8 p.m. at a bodega at 179-40 Hillside Avenue.

Ten minutes later, another crude firebomb was thrown, this time at a private home at 146-62 107th Avenue, and the house caught fire.

Half an hour after that, an Islamic center at 89-89 Van Wyck Expressway was the target. The last attack occurred at a house at 88-20 170th Street, the police said.

The Islamic center, the Imam Al-Khoei Foundation, houses one of the most prominent Shiite mosques in New York. According to its Web site it offers funeral services, counseling and free SAT classes. It lists branches in several cities, including Montreal and Islamabad, Pakistan. Calls to the foundation were not returned Sunday night.

The firebomb, made with a glass Starbucks bottle, was thrown at the door of the center, possibly from a van as it drove it by, the police said. The door was blackened, but the building did not catch fire.

A similar weapon was found at the bodega, the site of the first attack, according to the police. The bomb might have been thrown from inside the store, because the counter sustained some damage, the police said.

It was the second attack, on 107th Avenue, police and fire officials said, that caused the most damage.

Shortly after 8 p.m., someone called 911, saying that a Molotov cocktail had been thrown at their home. The house caught fire, and it took more than 60 firefighters about 40 minutes to bring it under control.

In the fourth attack, two bottles were thrown at the house on 170th Street. A spokesman for the Fire Department said that the person who called 911 said they saw a vehicle drive by as the bottles were hurled toward their home. But the flames quickly fizzled.

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  • Ali5

    Sorry, I meant attacker! lol

  • Ali5
  • JT

    Well said Ilisha. Bob just got schooled!

  • Believing Atheist

    I have an update on this case. The suspect who did the firebombing has been arrested

    http://slatest.slate.com/posts/2012/01/03/nyc_mosque_attack_police_investigating_hate_crime.html

  • Believing Atheist

    @Leaveit2Beaver, I mean Bob,

    Bob why did you run away from me on our Israel and Benny Morris debate? Can you explain that please?

  • Garibaldi

    @Leaveit@Bob, i.e. JihadBob,

    This was published right after the attacks as you know, the words aren’t mine but The New York Times. Secondly, in the fevered minds of anti-Muslims, many times they aren’t able to distinguish between Hindus, Sikhs and Muslims.

  • @Leaveit2Bob

    “Too bad they don’t count (or the attack put in perspective) for LW and their ilk.”

    We condemn all religiously-motivated attacks, acts of vandalism, hate crimes, and any kind of of violence against innocent civilians. We have said that many times in many different ways.

    You’ve haunted Loonwatch long enough to know that, and everyone else knows it too.

    I find the increasing sectarian violence all over the world deeply disturbing, and people like you have no right to the smug, self-righteousness that drips from your posts here.

    You deliberately and relentlessly stir up trouble and pit people of different faiths against one another. When your efforts finally yield bitter fruit, you try to shift the blame to us.

    If you think you’re somehow damaging Loonwatch with your inane comments, know that I think you’re helping our cause by putting your wickedness on display for all to see.

  • Leaveit2Bob

    Hindu worship site was attacked as well.

    Too bad they don’t count (or the attack put in perspective) for LW and their ilk.

  • leon at home

    Let me guess, the arson bomber was a regular reader of Jihadwatch and Atlas Shrugs as was Breivik.

  • The_BigT

    Anders Brevik would be proud of these sucm (note they lost there humanity when they started reading Jihadwatch)

  • mp11

    Are these misunderstanders of Robert Spencer?

    Any updates on the culprits?

  • Ali5

    I actually go to this mosque! It was shocking to me when I read about it in the paper. Hopefully, they’ll catch who ever did this!

  • mindy1

    Why must people be haters??? This is so wrong, stop the hate 🙁

  • Atheist Arab – عربي ملحد

    WTF!!! What is happening to this nation!

  • Believing Atheist

    The Muslims have been marginalized and demonized in society. Too many people see them through the lens of Robert Spencer and co. instead of as individuals and part of the great family of humanity. That is why these hatecrimes occur. Ali Sina even spews rhetoric which states that all Muslims are either jihadis or dormant jihadis so of course Musilms will be seen as abominations and monsters.

    It is time for Muslims to reconfigure this narrative and take back their dignity and innocence by following Saul Alinsky’s ideas. I suggest every American-Muslim read Saul Alinsky’s Rules for Radicals.

  • Crow

    This drives me crazy. Cowardly nazi scum like rocky low-life, or lawerance or jihadbob driving around and throwing moltau cocktails at houses and the places of worship of people who are a thousand times better people and a thousand times better Americans than these cowards will ever be. And what really pisses me off is this garbag most likely smugly thinking they’re saving the country. Scum!!

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