Neighbors decry mosque vandalism

By April 18, 2011

The Oeste Manor Neighborhood Association has learned that that the Islamic Center, on the corner of Russell Boulevard and South Campus Drive, has been vandalized several times in the recent past.

The original copper crescent from the mosque rooftop was stolen, as were two replacements. Vandals have smashed seven ceramic planters behind the building and a large, handmade ceramic pot in the front, and they tried to force open the mosque doors.

The perpetrators of the last attack were caught by a mosque member and arrested but have not yet been brought to trial.

We have also learned through discussions with mosque members that unknown parties have sent hate mail, including physical threats.

The Oeste Manor Neighborhood Association considers the Islamic Center to be an important architectural and cultural asset to our neighborhood and to our city. The building is beautiful; the mosque members are friendly, polite and have made a concerted and considerable effort to enhance our neighborhood and our community.

We consider any attack on the mosque and its membership to be an attack on our entire neighborhood. We want to see such crimes in Davis prosecuted to the full extent of the law. These alarming incidents are the antithesis of our neighborhood’s values, and, we believe, of the Davis community at large.

We think it is important for the entire community to be informed of what has happened so we can be united against such acts in the future.

Elizabeth Saft

Chairwoman, Oeste Manor Neighborhood Association, Davis

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