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Uniting Against Mosque Vandalism



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    After offensive graffiti has shown up at the Abdul-Majid Karim Hasan Islamic Center in Hamden, the Anti-Defamation League is expressing outrage and an interfaith group is coming together to support the center.

    When Imam Abdul-Majid Karim Hasan returned from Florida this week, he found the F-word spray painted in red on the side of the mosque, the New Haven Register reports. This was not the only time, and Hasan’s house had been vandalized in the past.

    On Friday, the Connecticut Regional Office of the Anti-Defamation League issued a statement condemning the vandalism.

    “We believe that, if anyone, if any group is in danger, we all are. The Anti-Defamation League stands united with the Hasan Islamic Center and the Muslim community in condemning this crime and working to secure justice,” ADL’s Regional Director Gary Jones said. “This incident does not reflect upon the Town of Hamden, as bigoted acts can occur in any environment. The measure of a community is not whether incidents occur but how a community responds.”

    The community has demonstrated it won’t tolerate hatred or bigotry, Jones said.

    Interfaith Cooperative Ministries, which includes members of 40 congregations of several faiths, held a rally at 11:30 a.m. in support of the Islamic Center.