Re: [FrontlinesNewspaper] Pig's Blood Thrown at SF Mosque
- This is truly a tragedy...double tragedy. I hope the
general public does not make innocent Muslims into
victims. Let's not assume that all Muslims are
associated with Osama Bin Ladin. Many Muslims do not
know nor do they sympathize with that rebel. Please
stop hurting innocent Americans of Islamic descent.
--- socalt <socalt@...> wrote:
> SAN FRANCISCO POLICE INVESTIGATE HATE CRIME
> SAN FRANCISCO (BCN - Bay City News, 9/12/2001)
> The San Francisco Police Department reported today
> that someone left a
> filled with a red substance thought to be blood on
> the doorstep of the
> Islamic Community Center and investigators are
> treating the incident as
> hate crime.
> Lt. Morris Tabak said an unidentified caller phoned
> the center at 3004
> St. this afternoon and asked a female employee if
> she worked at the
> Community Center. The woman said yes and then the
> caller told her that
> had left a message for Osama bin Laden at the front
> door, according to
> When the woman went to the front door, she found a
> plastic bag partially
> filled with a red substance. It had the words "Pig's
> Blood" written on
> and appeared to have been thrown at the door, with
> the red liquid
> around the entrance.
> "We're confirming all that," Tabak said at about 4
> p.m. "The Hate Crimes
> unit is en route."
> While police are investigating this report as a hate
> crime, Tabak said
> number of incidents called in to police has been
> lower than usual this
> Islamic Center spokeswoman Xequina Berber said
> today's incident occurred
> 2:35 p.m. She said the substance was definitely
> blood and that it was
> splattered all over the sidewalk and the front of
> the entrance.
> "It was a lot of blood," she said.
> The fire department cleaned up the blood, she said,
> and the police had
> already come and gone by late afternoon.
> She said the center, which fields calls for the
> Muslim community and
> processes immigration work, has never had anything
> like this happen
> "There's been a lot of crank calls but this is the
> first threat," she
> CONTACT: San Francisco Police, Hate Crimes
> (415) 553-1133
> Islamic Community Center (415)
> Council on American-Islamic
> Relations 202-489-5108
> Diana Yee
> KRON-TV SF
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- We all have a special responsibility at this crucial time to avoid reacting out of blind fury and scapegoating others. For example, lashing out randomly at -say- Muslims at home and abroad will have no other effect than to create a self perpetuating cycle of hatred and revenge where the vast majority of victims on all "sides" are innocent.
We must wait until we know exactly who is responsible and focus our efforts against them and only them as much as humanly possible. Otherwise we become indistinguishable from the terrorists we despise, and create the Third World War that we still have the power to avoid. -Jim Hobson San Francisco