Islamic Center at Rutgers University Vandalized in Apparent Hate Crime

The Center for Islamic Life at Rutgers University in New Brunswick, New Jersey, was subjected to a disturbing act of vandalism in what appears to be a hate crime. The incident occurred overnight, between Tuesday and Wednesday, and was discovered on the eve of the three-day Eid al-Fitr holiday, which marks the end of the fasting month of Ramadan.

The Rutgers Police Department reported that the Islamic Center was broken into and extensively damaged. A video shared by the Council on American–Islamic Relations (CAIR) revealed shattered glass on the floor, along with damaged televisions, printers, and artwork featuring Quranic verses. The CILRU, in a statement, condemned the act as a hate crime targeting the Muslim population at Rutgers University.

Imam Kaiser Aslam of CILRU shared a video showing a Palestinian flag being ripped from a pole, further indicating the targeted nature of the vandalism. Fortunately, no individuals were present in the building at the time of the incident.

New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy expressed his disgust upon learning about the incident and assured that a criminal investigation is underway. Governor Murphy emphasized that Islamophobia has no place in New Jersey, emphasizing the importance of ensuring the safety of Muslim students.

New Jersey Attorney General Matthew J. Platkin also condemned the act, stating that acts of hate against the Muslim community will not be tolerated. He confirmed that his office, in collaboration with Rutgers police, the New Jersey State Police, the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office, the Division of Criminal Justice, and the Division on Civil Rights, is actively investigating the matter. Platkin emphasized their commitment to ensuring that all New Jerseyans live without fear and that the state’s diversity is supported, protected, and embraced.

This incident follows a recent town hall at Rutgers University where anti-Israel agitators disrupted the event, leading to its premature conclusion. Jewish students attending the town hall had to be escorted out by police. The Rutgers University Student Assembly, which hosted the town hall, had also put forth two BDS (boycott, divest, and sanction) referendums, seeking to sever ties with Tel Aviv University and divest from anything connected to Israel.

Joe Gindi, a Jewish student who attended the town hall, expressed his surprise at the protest, stating that Jewish students had not engaged in disruptive behavior but were present to listen to the town hall proceedings.

Rutgers police have not released a description of any suspects connected to the vandalism of the Islamic Center on campus. The investigation remains ongoing, and authorities are determined to bring those responsible to justice.

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1 Response

  1. While it is indeed disheartening to hear about any act of vandalism or hate crime, it is important to approach this incident with caution before jumping to conclusions. It is crucial to wait for a thorough investigation to determine the motive behind the vandalism. Assuming it to be a hate crime without concrete evidence may lead to unnecessary tension and division in the community.

    Furthermore, it is essential to consider the possibility of other motivations behind this act. Vandalism can be a result of various factors, such as personal

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