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Families Suspect Hate Crime After Muslim Cemetery Vandalized

Only Muslim headstones in the cemetery were targeted by vandals leading family members to suspect a hate crime was involved.

(SEATTLE, WA, 11/21/14) — The Washington state chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-WA) today called on law enforcement authorities to investigate vandalism targeting a Muslim cemetery as a possible hate crime.

Headstones bearing the Islamic star and crescent and Arabic inscriptions were vandalized earlier this week at the Islamic Community of Bosniaks in Washington State’s cemetery near Maltby, Wash. Community members say the Christian section of the cemetery was not vandalized.

“Because the perpetrators of this desecration appear to have targeted only the Muslim graves, we urge state and federal law enforcement authorities to investigate this troubling incident as a possible hate crime,” said CAIR-WA Executive Director Arsalan Bukhari.

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  • Friend of Bosnia

    Surely this was no coincidence. Bosniaks have been scattered to all ends of the Earth, even before 1992-95, and even in exile the serbofascists continue to make life miserable for them, often with the connivance and accomplicity of local islamophobes.

  • Friend of Bosnia

    Did serbofascists or just plain ordinary islamophobes, of both do that? I wish teh Bosniaks would cathch them first and give them the thrashing of a lifetime.

  • mindy1

    People can’t even RIP >:(

  • On another note, should we be showing the names on the tombstones? I think they should be kept hidden to preserve the respect of the dead – the respect that these vandals tried so hard to destroy.

  • These are the lowest of the lowest, most despicable beings that could do something like these. Shame on the mothers who create vile creatures like these.

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