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    ISLAMIC CULTURAL CENTER IN ERIE VANDALIZED Erie Times-News, 1/2/03 http://www.goerie.com/apps/pbcs.dll/artikkel?
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      ISLAMIC CULTURAL CENTER IN ERIE VANDALIZED
      Erie Times-News, 1/2/03
      http://www.goerie.com/apps/pbcs.dll/artikkel?
      SearchID=73121927588632&Avis=GE&Dato=20030102&Kategori=NEWS02&Lopenr=
      101020173&Ref=AR

      Vandals broke windows, destroyed signs and kicked in doors at the
      Islamic Cultural Center, 9 E. 12th St., some time early Wednesday.

      It's not the first time patrons of the center have arrived to find
      vandalism, but Wednesday's was the worst, said Kathum Al-Tamimi, who
      helped to temporarily repair the damage Wednesday night.

      Erie police investigated. Four front windows were broken, the side
      door was kicked in; a sign near the side door was removed and the
      main sign on the front of the building was cracked and bent.

      Al-Tamimi, who was at the center Wednesday to pray, said the vandals
      will not destroy what goes on inside.

      "It's not going to affect us. We will make repairs," Al-Tamimi said.
      He said the center is prone to violence from people drinking at a
      nearby bar.

      "They throw things. We have problems from them. Fortunately, no one
      was here when this happened," he said.

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      FAKE PATRIOTISM, HATEFUL DEEDS
      Erie Times-News, 1/4/03
      http://www.goerie.com/apps/pbcs.dll/artikkel?
      SearchID=73121927755171&Avis=GE&Dato=20030104&Kategori=OPINION01&Lope
      nr=101040157&Ref=AR

      Cowardly vandals attacked the Islamic Cultural Center this week,
      destroying signs and kicking in doors. This is not the first time.
      Any decent person hopes it's the last time. The site is one of
      Erie's two mosques, suggesting pseudo-patriots targeted it, stupidly
      thinking of America's showdown with Iraq. Worse is the possibility
      this was a purely hateful act against the Cultural Center because
      Muslims pray and socialize there. If so, this was nothing more than
      an evil, spiteful hate crime. One attack on a religious site
      represents an attack on every religionÂ…



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