A mosque in Gatineau, Que., that has been a target of vandalism was spray-painted with graffiti overnight.
Workers at the Outaouais Islamic Centre awoke Thursday to discover
swear words and derogatory references to Arabs and Allah spray-painted
The vandals painted messages on the front doors, across the building's side and on two other entrances to the building.
The mosque had earlier been vandalized Monday morning when windows
were damaged and someone attempted to set fire to two cars in the
parking lot.4th incident in 6 monthsMosque secretary
general Amadou Thiam urged police to do their utmost to find the
perpetrators. The mosque has turned over security video footage to
Gatineau police said they believe the lone man in his twenties caught
on camera in the latest incident was also responsible for the earlier
Police said it was the fourth incident in the last six months. Graffiti was spray-painted on the front door and two back doors of the mosque. (CBC)
Thiam said the vandalism was a "provocation" and called on members of
the mosque to remain calm. Thiam also urged Gatineau city officials to
show their support for the mosque.Muslim, Jewish groups condemn attackThe
Canadian Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-CAN) condemned the
vandalism Thursday and said authorities should investigate the incident
as a hate crime.
"The repeated vandalism, within days of the previous attack, of this
specific mosque is deeply troubling. Attacks on all our nation's houses
of worship must be condemned by all Canadians and should be investigated
and prosecuted using all available law enforcement resources," said
Jewish Stars of David were also spray painted on the walls.
Shimon Fogel, CEO of the Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs, also condemned the attacks.
"We unequivocally condemn all acts of vandalism committed against any place of worship," Fogel said in a statement.
Mosque member says he isn't taking attack personallyThe
mosque, located off Saint Joseph Boulevard just north of St. Jean-Bosco
Park, draws about 500 people for Friday prayers and serves a community
estimated at close to 5,000 people.
Mosque member Walid Ali said he didn't think the incident was a hate crime.
"Maybe someone was drunk or something, I don't think he deeply means it," said Ali.
"I've been here more than three years and this has never happened," he said.
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