What appears to be a swastika spray painted on the Islamic Center of Morris County is “disgraceful,” said Dr. Aref Assaf, one of its directors. The New Jersey chapter of terror-linked CAIR said police should investigate the incident as a hate crime.
NJ.com “Because of the nature of this incident and because of other recent incidents targeting American mosques, we urge local, state and federal law enforcement authorities to investigate a possible bias motive,” said Khurrum Ali, CAIR-NJ’s civil rights director.
Security footage shows a woman driving her car into the parking lot at 1 Mannino Drive, getting out and then spray painting the symbol on a glass door around 7 p.m. June 21, Assaf said. The woman looked to be in either her late teens or 20s with dark hair, Assaf said.
The director said, “We don’t want to blow it out of proportion,” Assaf said. (Yes, you DO!) “We’re not looking to play victim. (Yes, you ARE!) But we think this is an act of vandalism that need to be prosecuted. it’s now in the hands of the police to locate the person or persons who did this crime. And we’re asking anyone who might have seen anything to bring the matter to police so we can bring this to a conclusion.”