After California shooting, fears of Muslim harassment rise

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After California shooting, fears of Muslim harassment rise.

NEW YORK (AP) — A severed pig’s head was left outside a mosque in Philadelphia. PHILADELPHIA — The day after Mayor Michael Nutter criticized Donald Trump’s remarks about Islam, saying he would ban him from the city, the Republican presidential candidate took to Twitter to throw some barbs back.

Anti-Muslim attacks are on rise since massacre in San Bernardino, Calif., and Donald Trump’s comments could make things worse: Muslim and Arab-American leaders.On Wednesday, a day after Nutter called Trump a vulgar term for a bodily orifice that begins with the letter “A,” the real-estate mogul tweeted his displeasure.In this image provided by PETA, a banner that would be placed adjacent to the Philadelphia mosque that had a pig’s head thrown at it is pictured. (photo provided) PHILADELPHIA — A $2,000 reward is being offered for information in connection with a pig’s head that was thrown at a Philadelphia mosque late Sunday, according to philly.com. The police department meanwhile hopes to enhance security video that shows someone throwing the animal’s head out the passenger door of a red pickup truck, Commissioner Charles Ramsey said Tuesday.

However, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) offered their own solution on Tuesday that involves a letter to Philadelphia’s Arab American Development Corp. as well as a banner at the North Philadelphia site. A Sikh temple in California was vandalized by someone who mistook it for a mosque and left graffiti that included a profane reference to the Islamic State group. Low life!” Earlier, Trump replied to a follower on Twitter who asked if he’d heard what Nutter called him. “Yes, he is a crude dope!” said Trump, who used the wrong handle for @Michael_Nutter. Advocacy groups believe there has been a spike in anti-Muslim incidents across the United States in recent weeks that can be linked to last week’s mass shooting in California and the inflammatory rhetoric of Donald Trump and other Republican presidential candidates. Then, recognizing that he uttered the expletive in front of about 40 faith leaders, including priests and an imam, the mayor said, “I apologize.” Mr.

That incident prompted Trump on Monday to propose a complete ban on Muslim immigrants into the US, triggering a fierce debate that has dominated the national political conversation. On Monday, Trump proposed stopping Muslims from coming to America “until we are able to determine and understand this problem and the dangerous threat it poses.” Leilah Abdennabi, a Palestinian American born in Chicago, and Sirat Al-Nahi, an Iraqi American born in Seattle, who both wear Muslim head scarfs, said an older man at Kerbey Lane Cafe shouted they “should just go back to Saudi Arabia.” The restaurant moved the patron, but did not make him leave, the women told Fox 7 TV. Advocates say other GOP presidential candidates also have fueled anti-Islamic sentiment, including Ben Carson who suggested a Muslim should not be president and Rick Santorum who questioned whether the U.S. Sarker Haque, who owns Fatima Food Mart in Queens in New York reported he was beaten Saturday by a customer who promised to “kill Muslims.” Haque was bleeding and bruised and had a dislocated hand. Nonviolence Begins on Our Plates.” “Violence often stems from a lack of empathy for others who are perceived as different and therefore not worthy of respect.

Louis, Missouri, told a local television station that someone claiming to be a former Marine left a threatening voicemail message on the mosque’s answering machine on Saturday. Fox 2 TV (KTVI), which obtained a copy of the recording, reported that the man said he “killed a lot of Muslims” and, using expletives, said he would decapitate Muslims. Kolvani told The Associated Press on Wednesday that he was trying to buy something in the store when he had an exchange with the clerk, but vehemently denied religion had any role.

The Manassas Mosque in Virginia received a voicemail threat Dec. 2, the night of the San Bernardino attacks that left 14 people fatally shot by a married Muslim couple who the FBI says were “radicalized.” A caller claiming to represent the Jewish Defense League referred to the California shooting and promised to “do to your people what you did to them,” according to a CAIR report. Many death threats and other abusive comments have been directed at the group from phone callers, said Abed Ayoub, the committee’s national legal and policy director.

Ayoub said all such incidents are reported to the FBI, noting the committee’s office in Santa Anna, Calif., was bombed in 1985, killing regional director Alex Odeh, “so we have to take these seriously.” Ayoub and Hooper said the wave of bias is similar to occurrences after the 9/11 terror attacks, but it happens more online and on social media, Ayoub said. Hooper worried that Donald Trump’s recent comments will stir even greater backlash against Muslims, but Ayoub said Trump has also sparked support for his group and Muslims. The group received letters from many attorneys from across the country from different backgrounds, including Jews, who want to volunteer to counter Donald Trump, he said.

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