Inserts Although we are disheartened by this incident we understand that this is…


Inserts Although we are disheartened by this incident we understand that this is an isolated incident the center wrote. The ICT has been a part of the Tucson community since the late 1980s and since then the Tucson community has been kind welcoming and supportive. Imraan Siddiqi executive director at the Arizona chapter of The Council on American-Islamic Relations or CAIR called onlocal state and federal law enforcement authorities to investigate this incident as a possible hate crime and for religious and political leaders to speak out against the growing Islamophobia in our state and nation that results in such acts of bigotry. Also in 2015mosques were targetedfor vandalism arson and other types of destruction 80 times a nearly 400 percent rise from 2014 according to a report from CAIR. Hate crimes rose 7 percent in the U.S. in 2015 according to the FBI a rise driven largely by a 67 percent increase in hate crimes targeting Muslims. The FBI hasnt released hate crime statistics for 2016. ift.tt/2mtY96C