Georgia Mosques threatened, advocacy group advises leaders to st

Olive Rios
March 18, 2017

American Turkish Eyup Sultan Cultural Center, a mosque in Brooklyn, New York's Brighton Beach neighborhood, also received threats from someone that identified themselves as a "Muslim slayer", the New York Daily News reported.

A mosque in Lexington, Kentucky, stepped up security following a bomb threat it received this weekend.

The Masjid Bilal, in Lexington Kentucky, received the threatening letter in the post containing a green index card wrapped in a blank sheet of paper.

"Georgia Muslims can not allow anti-Muslim bigots to scare us away from proudly and publicly practicing our faith, whether those bigots are writing anonymous letters in a dark basement or writing policy in the White House", Edward Ahmed Mitchell, executive director of CAIR-GA, said in a statement.

Now, the Georgia Chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations is urging the four mosques to step up security measures in the wake of the threats.

On February 24, Greenview Madani Center in Lawrenceville, Georgia, received a mailed, handwritten letter.

CAIR officials said it is similar to letters sent last month to mosques in Virginia, Maryland and New Jersey.

The other three mosques, Masjid Omar in Norcross and Al- Farooq Masjid on 14th Street and another Atlanta-based mosque received a threatening email titled: "your (sic) one warning".

The Lexington Herald report that the letter, sent from Sheffield, was opened by mosque president Salah Elbakoush who was busy preparing for a family night for its 250-300 members.

The threats were part of a widespread e-mail campaign threatening attacks against American Muslims on March 15.

"While the perpetrators are being sought, mosque leaders should do all they can to protect their houses of worship by working with local law enforcement authorities, installing security cameras and employing security officers during the daily prayers", Mitchell said.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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