Anti-Muslim Incidents Since Sept. 11, 2001
Submitted by the Southern Poverty Law Center to the Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights and Human Rights
Committee on the Judiciary
March 29, 2011
• Sept. 11, 2001 – Ronkonkoma, New York
Brian Harris, 29, was charged with a hate crime after he allegedly held an Arab American at gunpoint while making anti-Arab threats.
• Sept. 11, 2001 – Eugene, Oregon
Christopher Paul Younce, 33, was charged with a hate crime after allegedly making a threatening phone call to the Islamic Cultural Center.
• Sept. 12, 2001 – South Huntington, New York
Adam Lang, 76, was charged with first-degree reckless endangerment and a hate crime after he allegedly tried to run down a Pakistani woman with his car.
• Sept. 13, 2001 – Somerset, California
Craig Jennings, 18; Jeffrey Lizotte, 17, and a 16-year-old were charged with a hate crime after allegedly throwing a Molotov cocktail onto the roof of a convenience store owned by Arab Americans.
• Sept. 12, 2001 – Salt Lake City, Utah
Michael Herrick, a 31-year-old white man, was charged with first-degree felony aggravated arson and a hate crime after allegedly starting a fire at a Pakistani family’s restaurant.
• Sept. 13, 2001 – Chicago, Illinois
Andrew Holden, a 49-year-old white man, was charged with assault, a hate crime and disorderly conduct after allegedly threatening to bomb a food store owned by an Arab American.
• Sept. 13, 2001 – Bloomington, Indiana
A Muslim student was allegedly assaulted and verbally harassed by a white student.
• Sept. 15, 2001 – Mesa, Arizona
Balbir Singh Sodhi, a 49-year-old Sikh and native of India, was fatally shot outside his gas station by Frank Silva Roque, who mistakenly believed Sodhi was Muslim. Roque then allegedly fired shots at a man of Lebanese descent working at another gas station, and at an Afghan family’s residence.
• Sept. 15, 2001 – Dallas, Texas
Waqar Hasan, a 46-year-old Pakistani immigrant, was shot to death in his convenience store. Mark Stroman, who allegedly said he was angry with people of Middle Eastern descent after the 9/11 terrorist attacks, was charged with Hasan’s murder. Stroman was also charged with the Oct. 4 murder of Vasudev Patel, a 49-year-old native of India, at a gas station convenience store in Mesquite, Texas.
• Sept. 18, 2001 – Fort Worth, Texas
Three middle school students were charged with making a terroristic threat after allegedly threatening and harassing a schoolmate of Indian descent.
• Sept. 19, 2001 – San Francisco, California
Anti-Arab graffiti was spray-painted on an Iraqi-American grocery store in three separate incidents.
• Sept. 29, 2001 – Reedley, California
Abdo Ali Ahmed, a 51-year-old Yemeni man, was shot to death outside his convenience store. Two days earlier a note reading, “We’re going to kill all (expletive) Arabs,” was left on his car windshield.
• Oct. 16, 2001 – Racine, Wisconsin
Andrew E. Savagae, 40, was charged with a hate crime for allegedly yelling at an Indian store owner Savage believed to be of Middle Eastern descent.
• Oct. 18, 2001 – Detroit, Michigan
Douglas Snyder, 46, was charged with five counts of felony ethnic intimidation for allegedly using the Internet to threaten Arab Americans.
• Oct. 21, 2001 – Anaheim, California
Several Asian men shouted ethnic slurs and allegedly assaulted a man of Asian-Indian descent who they thought was Middle Eastern.
• Oct. 21, 2001 – New York, New York
Three men allegedly attacked a Pakistani store owner.
• Oct. 30, 2001 – Los Angeles, California
A swastika and the phrase “Go home Arab” was spray-painted on a business owned by an Arab-American man.
• Oct. 30, 2001 – Elgin, Illinois
Jose Ares-Torres, 27, was charged with committing a felony hate crime and disorderly conduct for allegedly threatening to kill Muslims.
• Oct. 31, 2001 – Grand Forks, North Dakota
Kevin Dvork, 22, was charged with simple assault for allegedly attacking a Saudi Arabian student.
• Nov. 1, 2001 – Prince William, Virginia
Stanley Elburn Smith III, 27, and James M. Terrell, 25, were charged with assault and battery, malicious wounding and fraud for allegedly assaulting a Pakistani man.
• Nov. 2, 2001 – Seattle, Washington
A 36-year-old man and two teenage boys were charged with suspicion of second-degree arson and malicious harassment after allegedly setting a fire at a local mosque.
• Nov. 2, 2001 – Tacoma, Washington
A bomb was detonated outside the home of a family of Middle Eastern descent.
• Nov. 6, 2001 – Madison, Wisconsin
Jeremy A. Giese, 21, was charged with a hate crime, criminal damage to property and disorderly conduct for allegedly smashing the window of a bar after seeing two men who appeared to be of Middle Eastern descent.
• Nov. 7, 2001 – Tulelake, California
Three white men allegedly fired gunshots while yelling racial slurs at a Latino man they believed was of Arab descent.
• Nov. 12, 2001 – Trenton, Michigan
Rob Moran, 20, was charged with ethnic intimidation for allegedly harassing a woman of Palestinian-Muslim descent.
• Nov. 17, 2001 – Waterbury, Connecticut
Rocks were thrown through windows at a local mosque during a Ramadan prayer service.
• Jan. 7, 2002 – Salt Lake City, Utah
James Herrick, 32, was sentenced to four years in prison for trying to set fire to a Pakistani-American family’s business in September 2001.
• Feb. 2, 2002 – Cooper City, Florida
A Muslim mosque and school were ransacked.
• Feb. 19, 2002 – Palermo, New York
Mitchel Trumble, 18, was charged with felony criminal mischief as a hate crime and fourth-degree criminal mischief for allegedly participating in the destruction of a Sikh temple in November.
• Feb. 21, 2002 – Norwalk, California
James Scott Yungkans, 37, was sentenced to a year in jail and placed on three years’ probation for threatening a store clerk of Middle Eastern descent in September.
• March 25, 2002 – Tallahassee, Florida
Charles Franklin, 51, was charged with burglary and criminal mischief after allegedly vandalizing a local mosque because he hated Muslims.
• April 10, 2002 – Oswego, New York
Joshua Centrone, William J. Reeves and Mitcheal W. Trumbull, all 18, and Cassie Hudson, 19, were charged with a hate crime for allegedly burning a Sikh temple in September 2001. Centrone was sentenced in May to three to nine years in prison.
• April 12, 2002 – Madison, Wisconsin
Thomas D. Iverson, 45, was sentenced to two years and three months in prison for making a threatening call to a man of Middle Eastern descent in September 2001.
• May 4, 2002 – Alexandria, Virginia
Michael Woolls, 24, was charged with assault, attempted assault motivated by bias against national origin, and destruction of property after allegedly throwing a brick through the car window of a man of Middle Eastern descent.
• May 14, 2002 – New York, New York
• William Reeves, 18, was sentenced to four to 12 years in prison for setting fire to a Sikh temple in November 2001.
• May 22, 2002 – Evansville, Indiana
John Joseph Kirkwood, 28, was sentenced to four years in prison for driving his car into an Islamic center in September.
• May 28, 2002 – Parish, New York
Cassie J. Hudson, 19, was sentenced to three months in prison for vandalizing and setting fire to a Sikh temple in November. Hudson was placed on probation for five years, ordered to perform 200 hours of community service and fined $1,000.
• May 28, 2002 – Kent, Washington
John Bethel, 45, was sentenced to nearly two years in prison for assaulting a man of Indian descent after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.
• June 8, 2002 – Gainesville, Florida
Robert Rowland, 53, was charged with two hate crimes after allegedly threatening three people of Indian descent while spraying them with bug spray.
• July 7, 2002 – Nassau, New York
John Yang, 25, was charged with second-degree criminal mischief, second-degree menacing and fourth-degree criminal possession of a dangerous weapon for allegedly threatening to shoot two Muslim brothers while yelling racial slurs. Anti-Muslim epithets were also spray-painted on the family’s property.
• July 15, 2002 – Detroit, Michigan
Brent D. Seever, 38, was sentenced to life in prison for killing an Arab-American man after the 9/11 terrorist attacks.
• July 23, 2002 – Heber City, Utah
A Muslim-owned hotel was set afire.
• July 30, 2002 – Baltimore, Maryland
Dennis Odell Coe, a 32-year-old white man, was charged with three counts of committing a crime upon a person for ethnic reasons, two counts of second-degree assault and one count each of malicious destruction of property and disorderly conduct for allegedly attacking two men of Middle Eastern descent.
• Aug. 6, 2002 – Reno, Nevada
David Nolette, 15, and Scott Cannady, 17, were sentenced to up to 40 years in prison for the baseball beatings of two Muslim men in March 2001. Nolette and Cannady were also ordered to pay $563,000 in restitution to one victim and $850 to the other.
• Aug. 8. 2002 – Palos Hills, Illinois
John Stewart, 34, was sentenced to two years of probation and 20 hours of community service for threatening his Syrian neighbors after the 9/11 terrorist attacks.
• Aug. 22, 2002 – Seminole, Florida
Dr. Robert Goldstein, 37, was charged with possessing destructive devices and attempting to damage and destroy buildings by means of explosive devices after a police search of his residence turned up 20 homemade explosive devices, two light rockets, a sniper rifle, an assortment of assault rifles and 25,000 rounds of ammunition. Also found was a plan to target Islamic Centers in Florida, with the objective to “Kill all ‘rags’ at this Islamic Education Center.”
• Aug. 27, 2002 – Boston, Massachusetts
Zachary J. Rolnik, 40, was sentenced to two months in prison and fined $5,000 for threatening to kill an Arab-American spokesman and his family.
• Aug. 28, 2002 – Santa Barbara, California
Thomas W. Byrne, 42, was charged with suspicion of making terroristic threats, possessing a handgun and committing a hate crime for allegedly attacking and threatening a man of Iranian descent while yelling racial slurs.
• Aug. 30, 2002 – Palo Alto, California
Sanjay Nair, an 18-year-old Hindu man, allegedly raped a 15-year-old Muslim girl and made derogatory comments about her religion.
• Aug. 31, 2002 – Selden, New York
Richard Bossi, 19, and Matthew Martin, 18, were charged with second-degree aggravated harassment after they allegedly taunted and attacked a Pakistani woman and her 15-year-old son.
• Sept. 4, 2002 – Chicago, Illinois
A man allegedly attacked a female Muslim student on a college campus.
• Sept. 14, 2002 – Sterling, Virginia
Swastikas and ethnic slurs were spray-painted on a Muslim community center.
• Sept. 30, 2002 – Boise, Idaho
A mosque was vandalized after receiving a series of threatening phone calls.
• Oct. 4, 2002 – Queens, New York
Two men allegedly attacked a 17-year-old Middle Eastern teenager because of his ethnicity while accusing him of being in the Taliban and blaming him for the 9/11 terrorist attacks.
• Nov. 19, 2002 – Boston, Massachusetts
Phea Meas, 24; Jamie Roldan, 23, and another man were charged with a hate crime after allegedly beating a Pakistani convenience store clerk.
• Dec. 2, 2002 – Annapolis, Maryland
Ray C. Bailey, 21; David J. Grobani, 19, and Robert J. Canter, 20, were charged with assault and committing a hate crime after allegedly making ethnic slurs and attacking a cab driver of Middle Eastern descent.
• March 17, 2003 – Boca Raton, Florida
George Aboujawdeh, 46, was sentenced to one month in prison after repeatedly setting fire to a sign announcing the new site of an Islamic community Center and mosque.
• March 21, 2003 – Burbank, Illinois
A fireworks device was thrown into a Palestinian Muslim family’s van. Eric K. Nix, 24, was convicted in 2006 of arson, criminal property damage and committing a hate crime.
• April 14, 2003 – Frederick, Maryland
A 10-year-old Muslim girl was allegedly harassed repeatedly at school because of her religion.
• April 22, 2003 – Brooklyn, New York
Max Abrahamowitz, 29, allegedly assaulted a Muslim woman while yelling racial slurs.
• May 12, 2003 – Bensalem, Pennsylvania
Three boys, two white 13-year-olds and a black 12-year-old, allegedly attacked an 8-year-old child of Middle Eastern descent while calling him “you Saddam Hussein helper” and telling him to “go back to Iraq.”
• May 19, 2003 – Tallahassee, Florida
Charles Franklin, 41, was sentenced to more than two years in federal prison for driving his pickup truck into a mosque while yelling anti-Muslim threats in March 2002.
• June 4, 2003 – San Diego, California
Hundreds of copies of a publication portraying Muslim women as sexual objects and ridiculing Jews, Jesus and Palestinians were distributed at the University of California - San Diego.
• June 22, 2003 – Boston, Massachusetts
Three men were arrested for allegedly hog-tying, beating and stabbing a pizza deliveryman because they mistakenly believed he was Muslim.
• June 23, 2003 – Salem, Oregon
A 12-year-old Israeli Arab boy playing outside his house was allegedly called a terrorist and punched in the face by another 12-year-old.
• July 24, 2003 – College Park, Maryland
A wooden cross was burned at an Islamic school. Two 17-year-old boys were charged with harassment related to religious beliefs and damaging the property of a religious entity.
• Sept. 16, 2003 – Bronx, New York
A 14-year-old teenage boy was charged with assault, aggravated harassment and menacing for allegedly attacking a Muslim girl while yelling racial slurs.
• Sept. 18, 2003 – Tempe, Arizona
A swastika, a thunderbolt-shaped “SS” and other Nazi symbols were spray-painted on a mosque.
• March 6, 2004 – Lubbock, Texas
Anti-Islamic and pro-American slogans were written on an Islamic Center that was also burglarized. Four teenagers were charged with burglary.
• March 9, 2004 – Davis, California
A white man allegedly made a comment about terrorists to a Middle Eastern man at a gas station and later pointed a handgun at the man and made threatening remarks.
• April 6, 2004 – Tampa, Florida
Two women and a man allegedly attacked a Muslim woman, yanking on her headscarf and calling Muslim people violent, reportedly in reaction to the commuter-train bombing in Spain.
• April 19, 2004 – Dover Township, New Jersey
Windows at an Islamic Center were broken, walls were damaged and swastikas and sexually explicit and anti-Semitic statements were scrawled on two doors.
• April 22, 2004 – Denton, Texas
A window and glass door of an Islamic Society building were shot out.
• May 10, 2004 – Miami, Florida
A Muslim mosque was broken into and ransacked. A glass door was smashed, telephone lines were cut, and an alarm system was destroyed.
• May 11, 2004 – Omaha, Nebraska
A 33-year-old man allegedly left two threatening voice mail messages on an Islamic Center’s answering machine.
• May 12, 2004 – Miami, Florida
Obscenities and a swastika were spray-painted at an Islamic school.
• May 13, 2004 – Miami, Florida
A note reading “Kill them all in the name of Allah” was left in an Islamic Center’s mailbox.
• July 8, 2004 – Edmonds, Washington
A cross was burned in the front lawn of a family of Middle Eastern descent.
• July 24, 2004 – Buffalo, New York
Two women in a car allegedly chased and threatened two teenage sisters while yelling obscenities and making references to the sisters’ Islamic background.
• Aug. 18, 2004 – New York, New York
Brian Lydon, 45, was charged with third-degree assault and harassment for allegedly attacking a man of Middle Eastern descent while yelling, “You are Muslim.”
• Sept. 16, 2004 – Berkeley, California
Three men allegedly used racial slurs and hurled water bottles at eight Muslim students at the University of California, Berkeley.
• Sept. 20, 2004 – El Paso, Texas
Antonio Flores, 57, was charged with arson and weapons charges after he allegedly tossed a makeshift firebomb at children playing outside an Islamic daycare center.
• Aug. 9, 2005 – Arlington, Virginia
Three white men allegedly shouted racial slurs at a pregnant black Muslim woman.
• Oct. 1, 2005 – Coralville, Iowa
Troy Carter Anderson, 24, was charged with a hate crime and assault causing bodily injury for allegedly punching a Middle Eastern woman outside a bar and calling her a derogatory name.
• April 1, 2006 – Waco, Texas
A white man allegedly used anti-Muslim and ethnic slurs and attacked a female Muslim student at Baylor University.
• July 21, 2006 – Naperville, Illinois
An Islamic Center was burglarized.
• July 31, 2006 – Cliffside Park, New Jersey
A woman and her toddler were allegedly assaulted by their neighbor, who yelled racial slurs and screamed, “You Arabs, I’m going to get you back for Sept. 11.” William Brown, 62, was charged with two counts of aggravated assault and one count of bias intimidation.
• Oct. 31, 2006 – St. Peters, Missouri
The letters “KKK” and the words “Kill Muslim” were spray-painted on a Pakistani man's garage door.
• Nov. 27, 2006 – Detroit, Michigan
A group of ten white men assaulted a Muslim man outside his home.
• Jan. 24, 2007 – Newark, New Jersey
A mosque was set afire. The blaze appeared to have begun in coils of rope put on a back deck of the building.
• Feb. 20, 2007 – Ballard, Washington
A white man and a white woman allegedly used racial slurs against a Yemeni deli owner and his Yemeni employee and called them terrorists before assaulting the owner. Brian D. Lappin, 35, and Nichol A. Kirk, 25, were charged with malicious harassment under the state’s hate crime law.
• May 12, 2007 – Little Falls, New Jersey
David Liscio, 32, was charged with harassment, making terroristic threats and bias intimidation after he allegedly shouted racial slurs at a Latino Muslim woman.
• May 22, 2007 – Lynn Haven, Florida
Thomas E. Plaisted was charged with battery evidencing bias after he allegedly spit on a Muslim child and shoved another at a fast-food restaurant.
• June 23, 2007 – St. Cloud, Minnesota
Phillip Joseph Massa, 33, was charged with obstructing the legal process and fourth-degree gross misdemeanor assault motivated by bias after he allegedly assaulted a man of Muslim descent.
• June 29, 2007 – Nutley, New Jersey
Kerri A. Livesay, 34, was charged with simple assault and a bias crime after allegedly screaming curses and assaulting a teen wearing traditional Muslim garb at a store.
• July 6, 2007 – Sarasota, Florida
Anti-Islamic epithets were spray-painted on a Bosnian family's residence that was then set afire.
• July 13, 2007 – San Antonio, Texas
A Muslim family's vehicles were vandalized with messages telling them to move.
• July 30, 2007 – Shreveport, Louisiana
Russell Price, 22, a 16-year-old and a 14-year-old were charged with spray-painting profanity and drug symbols on an Islamic Association building.
• Aug. 6, 2007 – Glendale, Arizona
A chemical bomb was tossed from a car at a mosque. The bomb landed near two people associated with the Albanian American Islamic Center.
• July 26, 2007 – Corvallis, Oregon
Jesse J. Mason, 24, was arrested after allegedly throwing furniture and smashing a window at a residence of two men he believed were of Middle Eastern descent while yelling, “This is America — Arabs and al-Qaida out of the country.” Mason also allegedly had spit on the two men a few days earlier and made similar remarks in front of a bar.
• Sept. 11, 2007 – Tempe, Arizona
Michael Estes, 32, was charged with suspicion of disorderly conduct after he allegedly cursed at an imam at an Islamic community center and made other negative remarks to him on the sixth anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks.
• Sept. 15, 2007 – Matinecock, New York
An Iranian-American nail salon owner was allegedly beaten by two robbers who called her a “terrorist” and scrawled anti-Muslim messages on a mirror in her shop.
• Oct. 6, 2007 – Bakersfield, California
Two men allegedly entered the women's section of a mosque and yelled anti-Middle Eastern slurs such as “terrorists go home.” Later that night, about 10 people allegedly smashed windows and damaged cars at the mosque.
•Oct. 24, 2007 – Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Kia Reid, 35, a former hotel-catering manager who in October 2006 sent her Arab-American boss an anonymous note threatening her children and referring to 9/11, was sentenced to two years of probation.
• Jan. 14, 2008 – New Hyde Park, New York
A 63-year-old Sikh man was attacked outside his temple, allegedly by a man who yelled profanities and screamed, “Arab, go back to your country.” David Wood, 36, was second-degree assault as a hate crime, second- and third-degree assault and second-degree aggravated harassment.
• Jan. 22, 2008 – Blaine, Minnesota
Three men used bottles of combustible liquid to set a fire in a convenience store. The word “Arab” was also spray-painted on the building.
• March 11, 2008 – Hayward, California
Manuel Urango was found guilty of first-degree murder in the death of Alia Ansari, an Afghani-born mother of six. Ansari was killed allegedly because of her Muslim heritage.
• March 26, 2008 – Nashville, Tennessee
Eric Ian Baker, 32, Michael Corey Golden, 23, and Jonathan Edward Stone, 18, were indicted on federal civil rights charges for burning down an Islamic Center on Feb. 9, 2008. Stone and Baker reportedly identified themselves as followers of the white supremacist Christian Identity movement.
• May 22, 2008 – Rochester, Minnesota
Three teens were charged with bias crimes, including gross misdemeanor harassment, after they allegedly yelled racial slurs and spit on a person outside an Islamic Center.
• July 3, 2008 – Seattle, Washington
Edward Campbell, 42, was charged with one count of malicious harassment after he allegedly called a store clerk, whom he believed was Muslim, a terrorist and struck him on the head with a can of beer.
• Sept. 25, 2008 – Joplin, Missouri
A sign at the Islamic Society was set afire.
• Nov. 1, 2008 – Gaithersburg, Maryland
An Islamic Center was hit with 30 paintball blasts to its building.
• Jan. 1, 2009 – Miami, Florida
An Islamic school was sprayed with bullets.
• Jan. 1, 2009 – Oakland, Pennsylvania
An Islamic Center was vandalized.
• June 27, 2009 – Yermo, California
Ali Abdelhadi Mohd, 51, a native of Jordan, was found burned to death in his family's vacant house that had been set afire. Mohd was at the residence to clean anti-Arab and white supremacist graffiti that had been scrawled inside. A mosque on the family’s property also was set afire in 2007.
• July 1, 2009 – Seattle, Washington
Eric Lee Garner, 24, was charged with second-degree assault and malicious harassment for allegedly making anti-Muslim remarks and threatening to cut a woman and her infant.
• Aug. 20, 2009 – Smithtown, New York
Joseph Ballance, 23, was charged with aggravated harassment for allegedly attempting to run over two Muslim women at a gas station and threatening to kill them because of their religion.
• Sept. 8, 2009 – Ann Arbor, Michigan
A 16-year-old Muslim girl of Iraqi heritage was allegedly attacked on a school bus by a group of people who shouted ethnic slurs. Her brother was also allegedly attacked while coming to her defense.
• Sept. 8, 2009 – Cape Girardeau, Missouri
Nicholas T. Proffit, 32, was sentenced to three years in prison for vandalizing an Islamic Center in May.
• Nov. 7, 2009 – Tinley Park, Illinois
Valerie Kenney, 54, was charged with a hate crime for allegedly yanking the headscarf of a Muslim woman two days after the Fort Hood shootings.
• Nov. 9, 2009 – Farmingville, New York
A Muslim woman's home was burglarized, vandalized and defaced with graffiti.
• Nov. 22, 2009 – Kinsman, Illinois
Scott Finch and Luke Harty, both 32, were charged with aggravated battery for allegedly assaulting a Muslim man outside a tavern.
• Dec. 3, 2009 – Coeur d’Alene, Idaho
Swastikas and a racial slur were spray-painted on a pickup truck belonging to a Muslim man of Jordanian descent.
• Dec. 8, 2009 – St. Cloud, Minnesota
Anti-Islamic cartoons featuring swastikas were left on utility poles, one of which was outside a store catering to Somali people.
• Jan. 1, 2010 – Costa Mesa, California
A burned and torn copy of the Koran was left in the parking lot of the Islamic Educational Center for the second time in a month.
• Jan. 16, 2010 – Murfreesboro, Tennessee
A sign marking the future site of the city's Islamic Center was spray-painted with the words “not welcome.”
• Feb. 10, 2010 – Nashville, Tennessee
An Islamic Center was defaced with the words “Muslims Go Home” and a crusade-style cross.
• May 10, 2010 – Jacksonville, Florida
A homemade pipe bomb exploded at an Islamic Center.
• June 11, 2010 – Sunnyvale, California
A Muslim man who was holding a copy of the Koran was allegedly attacked by two men who called the victim a terrorist.
• June 23, 2010 – Murfreesboro, Tennessee
A sign marking the future site of an Islamic Center was vandalized for the second time in less than six months.
• June 25, 2010 – Bellevue, Washington
A van parked near a mosque and bearing advertisements about Islam was smeared with what appeared to be dog feces.
• Aug. 6, 2010 – Arlington, Texas
Pornographic graffiti depicting Uncle Sam having sex with Allah was spray-painted in the parking lot of an Islamic Center where other acts of graffiti and a fire have occurred.
• Aug. 20, 2010 – Madera, California
A brick was thrown at an Islamic Center building. Previously three anti-Islamic signs, including one signed by the “American
Nationalist Brotherhood,” had been left at the center.
Aug. 24, 2010 – Madera, California
Signs reading, "Wake up America, the enemy is here," were left at an Islamic Center.
• Aug. 24, 2010 – New York, New York
Michael Enright, 21, allegedly slashed a taxi driver’s neck and face after Enright discovered the man was Muslim. Enright was charged with attempted murder, assault as a hate crime and possession of a weapon.
• Aug. 25, 2010 – Queens, New York
A drunken man allegedly shouted anti-Muslim slurs and urinated on prayer rugs in a mosque.
• Aug. 28, 2010 – Murfreesboro, Tennessee
A piece of construction equipment was set afire and gasoline was poured over other pieces of equipment at the future site of an Islamic Center.
• Aug. 30, 2010 – Carlton, New York
Five teenagers were arrested for allegedly harassing worshippers and yelling obscenities outside a mosque after Ramadan services.
• Sept. 9, 2010 – Reno, Nevada
Anti-Muslim graffiti was spray-painted on a retaining wall.
• Sept. 11, 2010 – Columbus, Ohio
The numbers “9-11” were spray-painted on windows and countertops at a Muslim-owned market. Some cash and a laptop computer were also stolen and several display cases were vandalized.
• Sept. 20, 2010 – Lafayette, Louisiana
A car in the parking lot of an Islamic community center was set afire.
• Sept. 22, 2010 – Fairview Heights, Illinois
Roman Otto Conway, 59, was arrested after a seven-hour standoff with law enforcement officers who had come to his residence to investigate telephone threats he allegedly made against the Muslim community and President Obama. Conway also allegedly posted on Facebook that he planned to burn a copy of the Koran.
• Oct. 4, 2010 – Manhattan, New York
The wife of the imam of the Muslim community center proposed to be built near the spot of the 9/11 terror attacks said she and her husband had received death threats over an extended period of time.
• Oct. 10, 2010 – Staten Island, New York
Three 14-year-old Latino youths and one 15-year-old black youth were charged with assault and aggravated harassment after they allegedly taunted a fellow classmate for his Muslim faith and repeatedly assaulted him from October 2009 to June 2010.
• Oct. 10, 2010 – Florence, South Carolina
The words “Pig Chump” were spelled out in bacon outside an Islamic Center.
• Oct. 13, 2010 – New York, New York
A Muslim woman and her 4-year-old son were allegedly attacked by a man who called her “a terrorist,” punched her in the face and tried to hit her son.
• Oct. 16, 2010 – Burien, Washington
Jennifer Leigh Jennings, 37, was charged with a hate crime after she allegedly kicked one Muslim woman and slammed a car door on another at a gas station while yelling anti-Muslim remarks.
• Oct. 26, 2010 – Oxford, North Carolina
A white man was charged with ethnic intimidation after he allegedly shouted slurs and spit on a black woman when he discovered she was Muslim.
• Nov. 28, 2010 – Portland, Oregon
An inmate at the county jail allegedly used anti-Muslim slurs and assaulted another inmate.
• Nov. 29, 2010 – Sacramento, California
A Muslim cab driver was allegedly attacked by a passenger who allegedly robbed him while making references to Osama Bin Laden.
• Dec. 14, 2010 – Cincinnati, Ohio
An E-mail was sent to the Islamic Association of Cincinnati that
stated, “You should know that you are not wanted in Cincinnati ... We don't want you here. Mohammad is a joke. Go back to your desert. Beware. We may just declare jihad on you.”
• Dec. 22, 2010 – Twin Falls, Idaho
A Muslim woman shopping with her two children was allegedly threatened by a man who claimed he had killed Muslims and planned to kill more and that he had a concealed weapon. The man was charged with felony malicious harassment.
• Feb. 4, 2011 – St. Petersburg, Florida
Bradley Kent Strott, 52, allegedly stabbed a 57-year-old Muslim man during a conversation at a bar after the man told Strott he was a Muslim. Strott, who allegedly said, “Muslims are the root of the problem” during the attack, was charged with hate crime aggravated battery.
• Feb. 13, 2011 – Yorba Linda, California
A group of 100 protesters taunt Muslims, including small children, entering a fundraising event with statements such as “Muhammad was a child molester!,” “Go back home! Terrorists!,” and “Why not go have sex with a 9-year-old?” A city councilwoman had earlier told the protesters that she “kn[e]w quite a few Marines who will be very happy to help these terrorists to an early meeting in paradise.”
• March 6, 2011 – Fairfield, Iowa
An Arab-American filmmaker was repeatedly punched and kicked allegedly by four men who used racial slurs during the attack. The incident occurred after the man, who had entered a residence while looking for a party, told the men his name was Usama.
• Week of March 7, 2011 – Anaheim, California
A page torn from a copy of the Koran, with an expletive written on it, was taped to a Muslim woman's car. Foam was sprayed on the driver's seat and the vehicle was vandalized with a key.