A Running List Of Shameful Islamophobic Acts Since The Paris Attacks

This is not OK.

There have been near-daily reports of violence, harassment, intimidation and bigotry against Muslims in the United States and Canada since the self-described Islamic State claimed responsibility for the Nov. 13 terrorist attacks that killed 130 people in Paris.

The Huffington Post will continue to document deplorable Islamophobic acts. Sadly, it's a list that will likely need to be updated often, so be sure to check back.

Kim Bellware, Andy Campbell and Nick Wing contributed reporting. This article has been updated multiple times throughout. If you wish to report an anti-Muslim act to The Huffington Post, please email christopher.mathias@huffingtonpost.com.

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Grand Rapids Police

Where: Grand Rapids, Michigan

When: Sunday, Dec. 13

Who: An unidentified man who robbed and shot a party store clerk.

What: The clerk at a southwest Michigan party store was shot in the face by a robber who called the clerk a "terrorist" and a member of the Islamic State, WOOD-TV reported. The robber also allegedly told the clerk something along the lines of, “I shot people like you overseas in the Middle East."

The 34-year-old clerk, who goes by "Tony," was identified by his Indian manager as Punjabi, not Middle Eastern. Tony is also not Muslim, according to WOOD-TV.

Grand Rapids police have not said whether they will investigate the matter as a hate crime.


'Jesus' Graffiti, Fake Grenade Found At Mosques

Where: Two mosques in Hawthorne, California: the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community Baitus-Salaam Mosque and the Islamic Center of Hawthorne.

When: Sunday, Dec. 13

Who: Unidentified suspect(s).

What: Worshipers at the Islamic Center found the words "Jesus is the way" spray-painted on the front of the building. Similarly, the word "jesus" was spray-painted on an exterior wall of the the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community Baitus-Salaam Mosque, and a plastic replica of a grenade was found in the driveway. Local police and the FBI have launched a hate crime investigation.


Armed Protesters Gather Outside Another Texas Mosque

Where: The Islamic Association of North Texas in Richardson, Texas

When: Saturday, Dec. 12

Who: About 20 members of the Bureau of American-Islamic Relations, an anti-Muslim group that held an armed protest outside a mosque in Irving, Texas, last month.

What: The protesters carried weapons outside the mosque, which they accused of funding terrorism -- an accusation for which The Dallas Morning News found no evidence. The demonstrators also spoke out against letting Syrian refugees into the country. "If I was running ISIS, I’d have half a dozen every day joining in the group, or more,” protester David Wright told CBS DFW. “Hey y’all all get into that flow of refugees, and head on out to America, Muhammad jihad! That’s what I’d be telling them if I was running that group."

Police arrested one man for carrying a concealed weapon without a permit. Counterprotesters in support of the mosque outnumbered the BAIR protesters.


Planned 'Quran Roast' Outside White House Doesn't Pan Out

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Where: Outside the White House in Washington, D.C.

When: Saturday, Dec. 12

Who: A handful of anti-Islam protesters.

What: Seventy-four people had said on Facebook that they would participate in a Quran burning outside the White House, an event billed as a stand "against the treasonous actions done by our government and the radical ideology of Islam." However, after the group learned it's a crime to set anything on fire on federal property, only about six or seven people showed up to the actual protest, BuzzFeed reports.


Man Suspected Of Setting Fire To Mosque Charged With Hate Crime

Where: Coachella, California

When: Friday, Dec. 11

Who: Carl James Dial Jr.

What: Riverside County Sheriff's deputies late Friday charged a 23-year-old man with a hate crime in connection to a fire at the Coachella mosque they said was set intentionally. Deputies arrested Carl James Dial Jr. on suspicion of arson, a hate crime and felony burglary, according to CNN.

The fire occurred around noon on Friday, the FBI told NBC News. The mosque is roughly 80 miles from San Bernadino, California, the site of a recent deadly shooting carried out by two people who supported the Islamic State militant group but do not appear to have been directed by them.

"Any time there is a concern that a house of worship may have been targeted, we would respond and have an investigative interest in cause and whether or not [it was] deliberate," an FBI spokesperson told NBC News Friday.

Dial is being held on $150,000 bond. His parents said they have no plans to bail him out.


Brick Thrown Through Window Of Bay Area Mosque

Where: Alameda, Calif.

When: Thursday, Dec. 10

Who: An unidentified suspect

What: Vandals threw a brick through the storefront window of he Islamic Center of Alameda on Thursday. Congregants told CBS San Francisco they feel the attack was a targeted hate crime and not mere vandalism.

The mosque in recent days had also received threatening phone calls, including one that said "Go back home, you’re not welcome here," Imam Musa Balde told CBS.


Man Allegedly Pulls Knife On Muslim Woman

Where: A carwash Chino Hills, California

When: Thursday, Dec. 10

Who: A woman wearing a hijab, who asked not to be identified, and 40-year-old Daniel Senteno.

What: Senteno allegedly followed the woman around the carwash, filming her on his phone and making threatening remarks. At one point, the woman says, Senteno drew a knife. The woman alerted a carwash employee, who called police. Senteno was arrested and a police spokeswoman told the Inland Valley Daily Bulletin that "investigators will pursue hate crime charges.”

The alleged victim says she knows she was targeted because she's Muslim. "I was born and raised in this country," she told KTLA. "I'm several generations in. This is my country, my people, my town, my state."


American-Islamic Centers Evacuated After 'Suspicious' White Powder Sent

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Where: Washington, D.C., and Santa Clara, California

When: Thursday, Dec. 10

Who: Unknown.

What: Offices of the California and D.C. chapters of the Council on American-Islamic Relations were evacuated Thursday after being sent letters containing a "suspicious" white powder. In both cases, office staff had to be quarantined and hazmat crews came to the scene.

The Santa Clara office received a letter signed by "Infidel," NBC reports.

"We receive hate messages daily because of our advocacy on behalf of the American Muslim community," Maha Sayed, a CAIR staff attorney, said in a statement. "It's frightening to experience the hate manifest itself to such a real level. This will not deter us from continuing to protect the civil rights and liberties of all Americans."


Muslim Women Allegedly Attacked, Threatened In Tampa Area

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Where: Tampa, Florida

When: Thursday, Dec. 10

Who: Unknown.

What: Two Muslim women in the Tampa area were attacked in separate incidents as they were leaving their respective houses of worship.

In one incident, a hijab-wearing woman in East Tampa was shot at and nearly run off the road after leaving her mosque, the Tampa Bay Times reports. At one point, the woman says, she felt an impact on her car as though she'd hit a rock. She later discovered a bullet hole in the car.

Another Muslim woman wearing a hijab was driving in Hillsborough County when a man allegedly cut her off while throwing rocks and other objects at her, according to a statement from the Florida chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations. At one point, the man allegedly got out of his car and screamed and cursed at her, eventually yelling, "I'm gonna cut her!"

Both incidents are under investigation.


KKK Fliers Try To Recruit Alabamans To Stop "The Spread Of Islam"


Where: The fliers have been found in three Alabama towns: Decatur, Guntersville and Cullman, AL.com reported.

When: In the days leading up to Thursday, Dec. 10

Who: Allegedly the Loyal White Knights of the KKK, one of five active Ku Klux Klan groups in Alabama, all of which are designated as hate groups by the Southern Poverty Law Center.

What: "The KKK Wants You!" declare the fliers, which feature an image of a hooded KKK member pointing his finger toward the viewer. "HELP US FIGHT THE SPREAD OF ISLAM IN OUR COUNTRY." It's the second time this year that the KKK has left recruitment fliers on the lawns of Alabama residents' homes. The first round of fliers, however, didn't mention Islam.

Cullman County Sheriff's Office via AL.com

“Our state’s leaders must speak out against the rising anti-Muslim bigotry nationwide that is apparently inspiring a new recruiting effort by racists,” said Khaula Hadeed, executive director of the Alabama chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations, in a statement. “The KKK must be repudiated, whether it targets African-Americans, Muslims or any other minority group with hatred and intimidation.” The Cullman County Sheriff's Office told AL.com that while distribution of the fliers isn't illegal, it could be considered criminal trespassing if the fliers' recipients make it clear to the KKK that they don't want to receive them.


Rocks Thrown Through Window Of Muslim Family's Home

Where: Plano, Texas

When: Tuesday, Dec. 8 and Wednesday, Dec. 9

Who: Unidentified suspects.

What: A Muslim family, who asked not to be named, says someone threw large rocks through their windows twice in two days. The family only moved to the neighborhood six weeks ago. “More than the damage -- it’s not the window -- it’s the terrifying factor of it,” the homeowner, who thinks she and and her family were targeted due to their religion, told CBS DFW. “It is them trying to terrorize us or scare us. The kids are scared to go up or down alone.” Police are investigating the incident. Surveillance footage shows a rock going through the window, and what appear to be the shadows of three people running away from the house.


Muslim Students Find Knife Stuck In Wall Of Their Home

McMaster University.
McMaster University.

Where: Hamilton, Ontario, Canada

When: The CBC reported the story on Wednesday, Dec. 9.

Who: Six female Muslim students at McMaster University.

What: The six students have moved out of the house they all shared together after finding a knife stuck in the wall. Earlier, the women reported noticing that someone had rummaged through their possessions. Frightened, they had all taken to sleeping in the same room. Hamilton police are investigating.


"FUCK ISIS" Written On Truck Parked By Sikh Temple

Where: The Buena Park Sikh Temple in Buena Park, California

When: Wednesday, Dec. 9

Who: Unidentified suspect(s).

What: Jaspreet Singh, a member of the temple, told NBC Southern California he believes his temple was targeted in a possible hate crime. Vandals wrote "FUCK ISIS" on a tractor-trailer parked outside the temple. Singh speculates that the vandals likely confused the Sikhs at the temple for Muslims. Other messages were spray-painted on the wall of temple's parking lot. Buena Park police are investigating the incident, and have increased patrols near the temple.

Sikhs in the United States commonly deal with Islamophobia, even though Sikhism is a completely separate religion.


Somali Restaurant Set On Fire Days After Nazi Symbol Spray-Painted On Door

Where: Juba Restaurant in Grand Forks, North Dakota

When: Tuesday, Dec. 8

Who: Unidentified suspect(s).

What: Surveillance footage shows a suspect breaking the window of the Somali restaurant moments before it goes up in flames. The fire, which caused $90,000 worth of damage, was set intentionally, fire officials told the Grand Forks Herald. Police are investigating, and the Council for American-Islamic Relations has asked the FBI to treat the incident as a hate crime.

The fire came just days after a vandal spray-painted the words "go home" on the restaurant's front window, next to the letters "SS," written the style of the Nazi Schutzstaffel symbol.

As of Dec. 10, over $17,000 had been raised on a GoFundMe page to repair the restaurant.


Muslim Teen Says Teacher Asked If He Was Carrying A Bomb

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Where: Snellville, Georiga

When: Monday, Dec. 7

Who: An unidentified teacher at Shiloh Middle School in Gwinnett County

What: A science teacher asked 8th grader Faiza Osman during class on Monday if she had a bomb in her backpack. Osman, who is Muslim and wears a hijab to school, told the New York Daily News other students "gasped" after the teacher made the comment.

Another student reportedly raised his hand to point out the teacher had insulted Osman. The teacher quickly took Osman out to the hallway to say she made a mistake with her comment, especially because of “the things happening in the world right now,” the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.

“The remark was not appropriate," a Gwinnett County Public School spokesperson told the AJC, but noted that based on their conversation and investigation, officials don’t believe it was made with “ill intent.”


Student Threatens To Shoot Muslim 6th Grader

Vandalia-Butler City Schools Facebook

Where: Vandalia, Ohio

When: Monday, Dec. 7

Who: A 7th grade boy at Morton Middle School (not named because he is a minor)

What: The unnamed 7th grader harassed and threatened to shoot a Muslim boy on the bus ride home from school, according to Ohio radio station WHIO. He reportedly called the Muslim student a “towel head” and a “terrorist,” "the son of ISIS" and blamed him for destroying the World Trade Center because he is Muslim, according to Arab American News.

Another student overheard the exchange and reported it, telling police the 7th grader making the threats said he would bring a .40 caliber gun to school the next day to shoot and kill the Muslim boy. The threats were recorded on surveillance video with audio of the incident, WHIO said, citing the police report.


Painter Texts "Death To Muslims" To Customer Who Canceled Appointment

Where: Washington, D.C.

When: Monday, Dec. 7

Who: Rich Trevor Dickey, owner of Paint1ng (the spelling has also been reported as "Paint1ing"), and Aaditya Shah.

What: Shah had arranged for Paint1ng to paint his row house at 8 a.m. When the company called to say they couldn't make it until about 9 a.m., Shah canceled the appointment, saying he had to get a work meeting and couldn't wait around to give the painters a key. That's when Shah says he was sent menacing, Islamophobic texts. "Death to Muslims," read one text, above a picture of Shah taken from his Facebook Page. "Get out of my country bitch." Then, a man from the company told Shah over the phone that he wanted to see him dead in the street, Shah told DCist. Shah, who is not a Muslim, was born in the United States.

Reached for comment by DCist, Dickey, the owner of Paint1ng, was unrepentant, saying that what was sent to Shah "wasn't a threat" and was a "heat-of-the-moment thing." He added that "of course it was the wrong thing to say but it's just how I feel." Dickey also asked DCist not to publish anything about his texts to Shah, adding:

I don't think there's a story here unless you want to capitalize on the whole Muslim thing. I think if you do a story about this, we'll get business from the people who aren't fans of Muslims. There are a lot of people right now who don't like Muslims, and they'll probably be like, 'Hell yeah, let me give you some business.'

Washington police are investigating the incident as a potential felony threat.


Woman Calls Praying Muslims "Brainwashed," Throws Coffee In Their Faces

Where: Lake Chabot Regional Park, California

When: The video was posted to Facebook on Dec. 7.

Who: Rasheed Albeshari was praying with a group of fellow Muslims when Denise Slader, identified by police as an employee of the California Department of Corrections, approached them and started screaming.

What: "After praying, this lady approached us and started yelling at us that we're brainwashed for believing in Allah, 'Allah is evil' she said," Albeshari wrote in a Facebook post. "I started video taping her, I ,also, was hit by an umbrella before taking a shower of coffee right on my face."

Slader also allegedly hurled other insults at the group, including "the Quran is evil,” “your god is Satan,” and “Allah is Satan,” Albeshari told BuzzFeed News. Police responded to the incident and interviewed everyone involved. Although Slader wasn't arrested, police sent a report to the Alameda County District Attorney’s Office, Buzzfeed reported. After the DA's office reviews the report, Slader could potentially face charges of misdemeanor battery or a hate crime.


Bloody, Severed Pig's Head Left Outside Mosque

Where: The Al Aqsa Islamic Society mosque in Philadelphia

When: The head was discovered by a mosque member early Monday morning, Dec. 7.

Who: Unidentified suspect(s).

What: Surveillance video showed a red pickup driving by the mosque twice late Sunday night. On the second drive-by, a man can be seen throwing an object -- presumably the pig's head -- out the window. The Quran forbids the eating of pork and pork products. Police and the FBI are investigating the incident.

Nabil Khalil, the manager of the mosque, told NBC 10 Philadelphia that it's the second time the mosque has been targeted in recent weeks. Just a few days after the attacks in Paris, a man called the mosque and left a menacing voice mail. "I hope you people are happy about what you did in Paris," the man said. "I'd just like to state for the record that Allah is a piece of pork shit."


Muslim Women Harassed At Crowded Restaurant, Nobody Cares

Where: At Kerbey Lane Cafe in Austin, Texas

When: Sunday morning, Dec. 6

Who: Two American citizens: Leilah Abdennabi, a Palestinian-American born in Chicago, and Sirat Al-Nahi, an Iraqi-American born in Seattle

“My friend and I just experienced Islamophobia in Austin. This is the first time this has happened to me in Austin."”

- Leilah Abdennabi

What: Abdennabi, a student at the University of Texas, and her friend, Al-Nahi, were about to get a table at the restaurant when an older man pointed at Abdennabi and yelled that she "should just go back to Saudi Arabia where she came from.” Then, as Al-Nahi wrote in a Facebook post:

"...nobody said anything. I literally couldn’t believe he said that and I asked him to repeat what he had just said. Maybe I should have let it go, maybe I set myself up for this, but I couldn’t believe what he said and I guess I hoped someone would have the humanity to acknowledge it because their silence hurt just as much as his words. But nobody cared when he repeated it and they didn’t care when he added, “And the same goes for you. What? You have a gun in there? Just go ahead and shoot me.”

Restaurant staff tried to seat the man in a "pathetic attempt to deescalate the situation," Al-Nahi wrote. "They chose to seat the racist guy who just made a girl cry right in from [sic] them, rather than us. When we spoke to management, they basically said they were sorry it happened, but they can’t do anything. They couldn’t not seat him."


Abdennabi and Al-Nahi then confronted the man again, who doubled down on his racist remarks. The pair decided to leave. According to Al-Nahi, "As we turn to leave, Leilah, in tears, says, 'Just so everyone knows we were told very racist things and this restaurant doesn’t feel the need to address it because who cares about us?' And somebody called out, 'Nobody.' and we left. Because it was true."

Kerbey Lane Cafe later reached out to the two women and apologized. The restaurant's CEO also issued a public apology, saying the establishment "is no place for hatred and I’m so very sorry about what happened."


Football-Loving Americans Harassed For Wearing Turbans To Game

Where: Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego, California

When: Sunday, Dec. 6

Who: Varinder Malhil, a football-loving American, and his two football-loving American friends. All three are Broncos fans, and all three are Sikhs who wear turbans.

What: San Diego Chargers security initially said they couldn't enter the game, because they were wearing turbans ABC San Diego reported. Although they were eventually allowed in the stadium, they were told they would not be able to wear their turbans again if they came back to the stadium.

Someone at the game also called San Diego police to report the men were rummaging in the trunk of a car and then left the parking lot. A photo taken by a bystander shows a bomb-sniffing dog inspecting the vehicl, ABC San Diego reported. Malhi said he and his friends had put the bag into the trunk after realizing they couldn't bring it inside the stadium.

Sikhs are often the victims of Islamophobia in the United States, even though


Police Say Hate Crimes Unit Is Investigating Brutal Assault Of Muslim Store Owner

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Where: Fatima Food Mart in Astoria, Queens, New York

When: Saturday, Dec. 5

Who: Sarker Haque, the store owner, and Piro Kolvani

What: Kolvani, a white 55-year-old man, allegedly walked into Haque's store and began attacking him, yelling, “I’ll kill Muslims,” Haque recalled to the Council on American-Islamic Relations. Another customer called the police, who arrived on the scene and arrested Kolvani. Haque, meanwhile, was rushed to Mount Sinai hospital of Queens with bleeding, bruising and a dislocated hand. He has since been released.

“I thought I was going to die,” he told CAIR. The New York City Police Department told The Huffington Post that it initially processed Kolvani's arrest as a normal assault, but that its hate crimes unit is now investigating the assault after Haque told the department that Kolvani had threatened to kill Muslims.


Mosque Receives Threatening Phone Call: 'You Will All Be Killed'

Where: The Manassas Mosque in Manassas, Virginia

When: Wednesday, Dec. 2

Who: A caller identifying himself as a member of the Jewish Defense League, which the Southern Poverty Law Center describes as “a radical organization that preaches a violent form of anti-Arab, Jewish nationalism.”

What: The unidentified caller left a voice mail saying he wanted to kill Muslims in retaliation for the mass shooting that same day in San Bernardino, California. “We are checking if one Jew has been killed in California," the caller said. "You all will be sorry. You all will be killed.” The call was reported to Prince William County police. If it can be traced, the caller could face a charge of making a threat by phone, The Washington Post reported. He could also be charged with a hate crime. The FBI is also investigating the incident.


Hateful Graffiti Found All Over Train Station: 'Kill Muslims'

Where: The Tuscany Light Rail Train station in Calgary, Alberta, Canada.

When: Wednesday, Dec. 2

Who: Unknown vandals.

What: The vandals went on a graffiti spree, spray-painting walls, doors and windows throughout the train station and vehicles in the parking lot with crude and offensive messages, The Global News reported. "Kill Muslims," read one message. There was also “Fuck Muslim Goofs,” “fuck Syria,” and “fuck Syrian ‘refs.’’ The graffiti also included symbols commonly used to portray white power. Calgary police are investigating the incident as a possible hate crime.


Officer Suspended -- With Pay -- After 'FUCK THE MUSLIMS' Facebook Post

Where: West New York, New Jersey

When: Tuesday, Dec. 1

Who: Officer Alex Pino of the Hudson County Sheriff's Office

What: The sheriff's office announced that Pino was placed on administrative leave, with pay, NJ.com reported. His service weapon also has been confiscated while the department investigates a vile, since-deleted Facebook comment Pino made in the days following the attacks in Paris.

A screenshot of the comment was provided to HuffPost:


Pino told NJ.com that he is a disabled veteran who served in Iraq. He expressed remorse over the Facebook post, but then added, "We're entitled to our opinions, and I had mine. I'm tired of being bashed all the time. I'm in fear for my life. ... I have to protect my family, my children. I can't take them to a movie theatre because I'm afraid about what's going to happen." He added that, as an officer, "of course I would protect [Muslims], you know, the good ones, not the extremists."


Muslim Woman Harassed On Bus, Fellow Passengers Do Nothing

Where: Aboard a bus in Toronto, Ontario, Canada

When: Tuesday, Dec. 1

Who: 27-year-old Sundus A.

What: Sundus was riding in the back of the bus when a middle-aged white woman sat next to her and started berating her for being Muslim. "Among other things, I was told to 'go back to my country to get raped and killed,'" Sundus later wrote on Facebook.

"There was a bus full of people who did nothing, who said nothing," Sundus recalled to the CBC. "Not a word." After the woman got off the bus, she complained to the Toronto Transit Commission. The agency's spokesman told the CBC that its human rights department as well as its transit enforcement branch are investigating the incident.


Sundus wrote in her Facebook post that these are "trying times" and "if you see someone being attacked, it is your moral responsibility to stop it. You don't need to go to war, but just say something, anything. It may just shut the attacker up -- and usually people are waiting for that one person to say something before others step in."


Man Verbally Assaults Muslim Pharmacist, Calls Her A Terrorist

Where: A pharmacy in midtown Manhattan

When: PIX11 first reported the incident on Dec. 1

Who: Sana Rashid, who has worn a hijab since the age of 14

What: "Last week, a customer came into the store she worked (at) and yelled at her — called her a terrorist and told her to get out of his country,” PIX11’s Narmeen Choudhury wrote in a Facebook post, describing Rashid as a friend of her family's. “She defended herself as best she could trying to explain she was an American and this is her country just as much as it is his.” The customer continued to verbally assault Rashid, until a fellow employee managed to kick him out of the store. Days later, another customer, who had witnessed the incident, left Rashid a letter:

Hi, I was at the [redacted] pharmacy on Friday evening when that man started screaming some of the most sexist, racist, hateful words I’ve ever heard. In the moment I froze and immediately welled up with tears and sadness for you. You were so brave for responding to him and defending yourself so eloquently. I wanted to let you know how sorry I am that you had to experience such a traumatic event, and let you know that I’m thinking of you. I hope you never have to experience anything like that again in your life. This Thanksgiving season, I’m thankful for you, for the wonderful work you do, and for inspiring me to find strength during these times of unrest in our world."


A Mosque In Canada Is Vandalized

Where: Cold Lake, Alberta, Canada
When: The early hours of Saturday, Nov. 28
Who: Members of the Cold Lake Mosque and an unidentified suspect or suspects
What: Someone spray-painted the words "Go home" across the door of the mosque. "Catch me if you can" was also written on a nearby ATM.

"This attempt to intimidate Muslims in our community will not be tolerated," the local member of Parliament, David Yurdiga, said in a statement. "The perpetrators of this crime don’t seem to understand that the Muslims in our community are just as at home as everyone else."

The mosque was spray-painted last year with the same "Go home" phrase. In that incident, the building's front windows were smashed.

Website For Mosque Is Hacked And Vandalized

Where: Phoenix, Arizona
When: Saturday, Nov. 28
Who: The Islamic Community Center of Phoenix, and unidentified hackers
What: Hackers using the name "France Hack Team" took over the center's website and wrote "Vive la France" on its front page. "It is once again, collective punishment, blaming 1.6 billion Muslims around the world for an attack that they had nothing to do with," Kristy Sabbah, of the local Council for American-Islamic Relations, told Fox 10. The center took back control of the site and is investigating who is responsible for the hack.


Muslim Taxi Driver Shot By Passenger On Thanksgiving

Where: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
When: Thursday, Nov. 26 -- Thanksgiving Day
Who: The driver, a 38-year-old Moroccan immigrant who moved to the U.S. five years ago, and who has remained unidentified in the media because he fears for his safety. And the shooter, who remains at large.
What: The driver told The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette he picked up a passenger in the early hours of Thanksgiving who asked him where he was from. When the driver responded that he was from Morocco, the passenger started to talk about ISIS, or the Islamic State.

"I told him, 'Actually, I’m against ISIS. I don’t like them,'" the driver said. "I even told him that they are killing innocent people." Upon arriving at his destination, the passenger said he had to go inside his home to retrieve his wallet. When he returned, however, he was carrying a rifle. The driver said he sped off as the passenger opened fire. A bullet pierced the driver in the back.

“"In our religion, Islam, we forgive, even in such conditions. I learned this from our prophet Muhammad. We don’t take revenge. I could forgive this, but I still want my rights.””

- The unidentified driver, to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

The driver was taken to the hospital, where he was deemed to be in stable condition. He told the Post-Gazette that he believes he was the victim of a hate crime, and that he wants justice. Police are investigating.


Anti-Islam Group Posts Muslims' Names, Addresses To Facebook

Where: Irving, Texas
When: Wednesday, Nov. 25
Who: David Wright III, who is part of an anti-Islam group called The Bureau of American-Islamic Relations, or BAIR, and who previously organized an armed protest of a local mosque
What: Wright published the names and addresses of about 60 Muslims and "Muslim sympathizers" to BAIR's Facebook page. The list specifically named Irving-area residents who earlier this year spoke out against the city council's and mayor's support for an Islamophobic bill in the state legislature.

Alia Salem, executive director of the Dallas-Fort Worth branch of the Council on American-Islamic Relations, or CAIR, told the Dallas Morning-News she was "absolutely concerned" to find her name on the list.

"This is the first time I’ve been slightly alarmed," she said. "As bad as things have gotten in the past, and especially recently, this is the first time where I see people taking this public." The post has since been removed, but it's unclear if Wright did so voluntarily, or if Facebook deleted the post for violating the site's community standards. It's Facebook policy to remove content when it poses "genuine risk of physical harm or direct threats to public safety."


Muslim Fulbright Scholar Removed From Flight


Where: Newark Liberty International Airport
When: Tuesday, Nov. 24
Who: Kameelah Rasheed, a Stanford University graduate, Fulbright scholar and contributing editor at The New Inquiry. She is also a Muslim woman who wears a hijab.
What: While on her way to Istanbul for a vacation, Rasheed was detained at the airport by customs agents who confiscated her passport and phone.

"Why are you flying?" the agents asked, Rasheed told Al-Jazeera. "Where are you going in Istanbul? How can you afford to go on holiday? How much was the ticket price?"

The agents also asked why she had booked a one-way ticket, even though Rasheed says she showed them her return flight details. Rasheed was eventually allowed to board her Lufthansa flight, but then was removed from the plane and interrogated by an FBI agent. She says she was the only visibly Muslim passenger, and the only one removed from the flight.

“"I don't think there is a resurgence of Islamophobia after the Paris attacks. I think it never went away. It's becoming more legitimized. Right after 9/11, you could do it [commit hate crimes towards Muslims] for a couple of years and no one would blame you… And now after Paris, it's like, 'look at what they did, I can treat them how I want.' We didn't make any progress."”

- Kameelah Rasheed, to Al Jazeera.

The humiliating ordeal lasted two-and-half hours, and Rasheed was eventually released. She announced on Twitter -- where her story had gained attention -- that she was going back home to Brooklyn. She is now calling on Lufthansa to refund the cost of her flight.

"I'm still very angry and hurt, but I have to temper that with not having expectations for being treated better," she told Al Jazeera. "I shouldn't expect any better. This is the militarised state that we have decided to live in. These are the consequences of me being Muslim and black and American -- everything at the moment is organized around me being checked. This is what it is."

This incident was at least the fourth time since the Paris attacks that people in the U.S. who appeared to be Muslim either have been removed from a flight or prevented from boarding.


Student Mosque Vandalized


Where: A student mosque affiliated with the Islamic Center of South Plains in Lubbock, Texas
Who: Unidentified suspects
When: Tuesday, Nov. 24
What: When worshipers arrived at the mosque for early morning prayers, they discovered the main glass door had been shattered, according to CAIR. Light fixtures were also broken.

"Because of the recent spike in attacks on American Muslims and their religious institutions, and because nothing was stolen from the mosque, we urge law enforcement authorities to investigate a possible bias motive for this crime," CAIR-Houston Executive Director Mustafaa Carroll said in a statement. A GoFundMe page set up to repair the mosque has already raised over $2,000.


Armed Protesters With Islamophobic Signs Gather Outside Mosque

Where: Outside the Islamic Center of Irving in Irving, Texas
When: Saturday, Nov. 21
Who: A dozen or so protesters from BAIR
What: The demonstrators stood on the sidewalk, carrying signs and firearms. One sign read "Stop the Islamization of America." Another had arrows pointing toward armed protesters dressed in military clothes and face masks, as well as a message that read, "The solution to Islamic terrorism," multiple outlets reported.

"We are here protesting Syrian refugees coming to America, protesting the Islamization of America," BAIR spokesman David Wright told Fox 4 News. "I think the popular belief is people are scared. They're scared to say anything about it. They're scared to come out to a place like this and stand in front of a mosque and protest Islam."


Postal Worker Harasses, Spits On Muslim Woman

Where: Brooklyn, New York
When: Friday, Nov. 20
Who: Danton Coley, a postal worker, is the suspect
What: A 30-year-old woman who was wearing a hijab said Coley approached her, spit in her face, and yelled anti-Muslim slurs at her. Police said the incident began after the woman bumped into Coley while pushing her baby stroller toward a local grocery store.

"She heard 'Muslim' and other derogatory words, and that guy said something I think like, 'I'm going to burn down your temple,' and then the person proceeded to spit in her face and elbow her," the woman's attorney, Mustapha Ndanusa, told NBC New York. Police arrested Coley, who is facing charges of acting in an manner injurious to a child, aggravated harassment and menacing.


Mosque Receives Threatening Letter

Where: The Islamic Center of South Texas in Corpus Christi, Texas
When: Friday, Nov. 20
Who: An unidentified suspect or suspects
What: The mosque received a letter showing a cartoon of the Prophet Mohammed holding a sign referencing the January terror attacks on the offices of Charlie Hebdo magazine in Paris, NBC affiliate KRIS-TV reported. "Convert To Christianity Before It's Too Late!!!" the letter read. The FBI is investigating.


Los Angeles Police Department Investigates Officer's Alleged Anti-Muslim Instagram Post

Where: Los Angeles, California
When: The LAPD announced its investigation on Friday, Nov. 20
Who: An unnamed person who appears to be an LAPD officer
What: The LAPD said it would investigate whether one of its officers shared a viral image claiming that Japan "keeps Islam at bay by putting restrictions on Islam and ALL Muslims." Politifact has completely debunked the statements in the image.

In the comment section of the post, the Instagram user wrote, "I don't know, maybe something can be learned from this photo?" The user added: "There has to be a thorough examination of those [people] who are ALREADY within our borders, and particularly, those [people] of the same ethnic and religious backgrounds that seem to constantly be behind the terrorist attacks occurring globally. If that doesn't sound 'politically correct,' 'eff it. I value safety over political correctness in this instance."

The LAPD has said it hasn't yet confirmed whether the Instagram user is an LAPD officer. However, the bio section of the account indicates it belongs to a police sergeant and photos show him wearing an LAPD uniform and standing next to LAPD cars.


Muslim Sixth-Grader Punched By Fellow Students, Called 'ISIS'

Google via Inside Edition

Where: Public School 89 in the Bronx, New York

When: Thursday, Nov. 19

Who: An unidentified Muslim sixth-grader, who wears a hijab

What: Three boys attacked the girl during recess, punching her while trying to rip off her hijab, a school source told Inside Edition. The boys called the girl "ISIS." A 911 call was made about the attack and police responded, but a police report was never taken, a law enforcement source told Inside Edition. A disciplinary hearing for the three boys was postponed while their families obtained legal representation.


Man Allegedly Leaves Explosive Outside Mosque, Throws Molotov Cocktails

Courtesy of the Fairfax County Sheriffâs Office.

Where: The Dar Al-Hijrah Islamic Center in Falls Church, Virginia
When: Thursday, Nov. 19
Who: Chester H. Gore is the suspect
What: From The Falls Church News Press:

"Battalion Chief Willie Bailey with Fairfax County Fire and Rescue told the News-Press that Gore attempted forcible entry into the mosque, threw devices into the parking lot of the mosque and set off a hoax explosive device in the mosque’s parking lot. Imam Johari Abdulmalik, the outreach director for Dar Al-Hijrah Islamic Center, said that Gore used threw Molotov cocktails into the parking lot."

Gore was arrested and charged with using a hoax explosive device and destruction of property, among other charges.


Muslim Woman Finds Disturbing Note On Car

Where: Austin, Texas
When: Thursday, Nov. 19
Who: Theresa Church and an unidentified suspect

“"It just hurt me. It was more of, I just felt embarrassed...And I just felt like, you know, where am I supposed to go? This is, you know, where I was born, this is where I've always been, this is where my family is."”

- Theresa Church, to KVUE.

What: Church says she found a note on the windshield of her SUV one day after leaving the gym. "Go away," read the note, which was written on a copy of her gym's schedule, leading Church to believe it was left by a fellow gym member.


Man Attacks Muslim Student, Rips Off Her Hijab

Where: San Diego State University in San Diego, California
When: Thursday, Nov. 19
Who: An unidentified Muslim student and an unidentified suspect, as portrayed in the sketch below

SDSU Police Dept.

What: According to a police report, "a female SDSU student reported being battered by an unknown male who pushed her and pulled her by her scarf while making hate-related comments and threats based on her ethnicity." Police are investigating the incident as a hate crime and searching for the suspect, described as a white male in his 20s.


Video Shows Armed Man Threatens To Attack Muslim Community

Where: Islamberg, New York
When: Wednesday, Nov. 18
Who: Jon Ritzheimer, a former Marine

What: Earlier this year, a group called Muslims of America, which operates out of the small town of Islamberg, published an article calling Ritzheimer a member of "the American Taliban."

In response, Ritzheimer posted an expletive-laden, disturbing -- and since-deleted video -- announcing plans to travel from his Arizona home to Islamberg, home to 25 African-American Muslim families. In the video, Ritzheimer said he's "going to see those assholes who called me a fucking terrorist."

"Fuck you, Muslims. We're gonna stop at virtually every mosque along the way, flip them off and tell them to get fucked," the noted anti-Muslim activist continues before brandishing a handgun and cocking its slide.

The FBI was in touch with Ritzheimer during his trip, but he cut off communication with the agency while driving through Scranton, Pennsylvania. The FBI then issued an alert of a "potential threat to law enforcement." Ritzheimer later resurfaced back in Arizona, telling ABC 15 that state troopers had warned him it was illegal to bring a firearm into New York. If he entered the state, the troopers said, his car would be stopped and searched. Ritzheimer said he plans on making another, unannounced trip to Islamberg in the near future.

This was the second time this year a man has threatened the residents of the town.


Mosque Receives Threatening Phone Call

Where: Dorval, Quebec, Canada
When: Wednesday, Nov. 18
Who: An unidentified caller who spoke mainly in French, and who sounded like a woman.
What: "Someone called and said, 'we are going to hurt you; we don't want Muslims in Quebec and we are going to do something,'" Mehmet Deger, president of the Dorval mosque, told CBC. "It was a menacing conversation. She was very upset and nervous, asking: 'why are you bringing Syrians here? We don't want them.'"

The mosque has been sponsoring refugees fleeing the civil war in Syria. The threatening call is one of eight anti-Islam incidents the mosque's members have reportedly suffered in recent years.


Muslim Woman Receives Hate Mail

Where: Ottawa, Canada
When: Wednesday, Nov. 18
Who: Eren Cervantes-Altamirano
What: Cervantes-Altamirano, a Muslim convert and graduate student at Carleton University, found a disturbing note from an anonymous sender in her mailbox. "Canada is no place for immigrants or terrorists," it read. "Go back home."

"When you get something like this in your home, it's different than when you get any racist reactions in other places, because it's right in a place that is very vulnerable," Cervantes-Altamirano told CBC. "It's slightly terrifying. You don't necessarily know why you're being targeted, you don't know if it's your neighbors ... you don't know if someone is watching you, you don't know if it's a matter of being a Muslim, a minority, a woman of color or all of those. I don't know."

She said she planned on reporting the hate mail to local police.


Anti-Muslim Graffiti Discovered On Subway

Metrolinx via CBC.

Where: On GO Transit train in Toronto
When: Wednesday, Nov. 18
Who: An unidentified suspect or suspects
What: When the train came in for cleaning, workers discovered the words "FUCK MUSLIM GIRLS" scrawled across the wall in one of the train's bathrooms.

"We find it deeply offensive and it no way reflects our organization's value," Metrolinx spokeswoman Anne Marie Aikins said, according to CBC. Those who spot similar graffiti are asked to contact police or GO Transit staff.


Two Muslim Women Accosted On Subway

Roberto Machado Noa via Getty Images

Where: Aboard a subway train in Toronto

When: Wednesday, Nov. 18

Who: Two women wearing hijabs, and three assailants

What: Upon entering the train, two men and one woman screamed abusive comments toward the victims, calling the pair "terrorists." At one point, the female assailant pushed one of the Muslim women. The three assailants fled after a passenger pressed the emergency alarm. Toronto police are investigating, and have since identified one of the suspects, who is a minor. After the attack -- the latest in a string of such incidences in the city -- residents offered to ride the subway with their Muslim neighbors, using the hashtag #IllRideWithYou.


Arabic Speakers Not Allowed To Board Flight

Where: Chicago Midway Airport
When: Wednesday, Nov. 18
Who: Two American citizens, Maher Khalil and Anas Ayyad
What: Khalil and Ayad -- who moved to the U.S. from Palestine 15 years ago -- were waiting for a flight from Chicago back to their hometown of Philadelphia. While waiting at the gate, a Southwest Airlines boarding agent told the pair they wouldn't be allowed to board because another passenger was afraid to fly with them after hearing them speak Arabic.

“If that person doesn't feel safe, let them take the bus. We're American citizens just like everybody else."”

- Maher Khalil to a Southwest Airlines boarding agent, according to NBC Chicago.

Humiliated and not sure what else to do, Khalil called 911. The flight was delayed while police and airport security questioned Kahlil and Ayad, who were eventually allowed to board the plane.

"If that person doesn't feel safe, let them take the bus," Khalil said he told a gate agent, according to NBC Chicago. "We're American citizens just like everybody else."


Disturbing Video Calls For Province To Be 'Cleansed' Of Arab Population

Where: Montreal, Canada
When: Tuesday, Nov. 17
Who: 24-year-old Jesse Pelletier
What: A since-deleted video posted online showed Pelletier dressed as the Joker from Batman. "Starting next week, there will be murders across Quebec," he said in the video. "We will eliminate one Arab each week to get rid of them and clean up the province of Quebec. We are a group of 10 people and we will all eliminate them, one by one."

Pelletier was arrested and charged with "inciting hatred, uttering death threats, and being responsible for a hoax terrorist threat," The Toronto Star reports. He faces up to five years in prison.


Anger, Confusion Over Bizarre Song About Islam Taught To Seventh Graders

Where: Huntington Beach, California
When: Parents spoke out against the song at a school board meeting on Tuesday, Nov. 17
Who: An unidentified teacher at Spring View Middle School
What: As part of a world history lesson, the teacher wrote custom lyrics about Islam for her seventh grade students to sing to the tune of the hit "Fight Song." The lyrics, in part:

Like a sandstorm in the desert, sending camels into motion. Like how a single faith, Can make a heart open. They might only have one god, but they can make an explosion. This is their fight song, Spread Islam now song, Prove that they’re right song.”

Nichole Negron discovered the lyrics in her child's notebook and complained to the school district.

"I believe that by singing this song, the children feel comfortable believing that maybe Allah is the only god, and maybe that they should start following him. And that I’m not OK with," Negron's mother, who also attended the school board meeting, told CBS.

Ojaala Ahmad, communications coordinator for the Los Angeles office of CAIR, said it was unclear what the teacher's intentions were, and added that the inclusion of the word "explosion" in the lyrics was a mistake that could cause students to equate Islam with violence.


Man Wipes Boots On Mosque Prayer Rugs, Curses At Worshipers

Where: The Islamic Center of San Antonio in San Antonio, Texas
When: Tuesday, Nov. 17
Who: Mariano Talvera Jr., pictured below, is the suspect

Bexar County Sheriff's Office via mySA.

What: Wearing military clothes and an American flag, Talavera allegedly entered the mosque and started yelling obscenities at the congregants, criticizing their religion. When worshipers asked him to leave, Talavera refused, and proceeded to wipe his boots on the mosque's prayer rugs. Cops eventually arrived and arrested Talavera. He has been charged with criminal trespassing on private property.


Man Says 'Every Muslim Is A Terrorist' At Town Meeting

Where: A town hall meeting in Spotsylvania County, Virginia
When: Tuesday, Nov. 17
Who: Samer Shalaby, who was speaking on behalf of the Islamic Center of Fredericksburg about a proposal to move the mosque to a larger location
What: Two men responded by berating Shalaby. One characterized Islam as "an evil cult." Another said that "every Muslim is a terrorist" and told Shalaby, "I don't want to hear your mouth." A sheriff's deputy eventually broke up the meeting due to the disruptions.

"You keep hoping that, as we evolve in this country, that we will not completely put a blanket designation on any group ... especially for religion," Shalaby later told the Fredericksburg's Free-Lance Star.


Terrified Passenger Has 'Middle Eastern-Looking' People Removed From Flight

Where: Aboard Spirit Airlines Flight 969 as it was about to leave Baltimore-Washington International Airport on its way to Chicago
When: Early on Tuesday, Nov. 17
Who: Four passengers of "Middle Eastern descent," according to ABC7 journalist Suzanne Kennedy

What: "The scariest moment in my life," passenger Jenna Farella told CBS Baltimore of some undescribed "suspicious activity" by a handful of fellow passengers. “I’ve been through some scary times. This was the worst. I have never prayed so hard in my life.” Farella alerted the flight crew, who stopped the plane and removed three men and one woman from the flight, all of whom a reporter aboard the plane described as being of Middle Eastern appearance. Authorities later questioned and released the group. According to another passenger, one of the detained men had been watching a news report on his mobile phone. Another report indicated that the removed woman had run to the back of the plane with her child as the plane was preparing for takeoff. It's the second time in the U.S. since the Paris attacks that people who appeared to be Muslim were removed from a flight.

““The threshold for ‘see something, say something’ is meant to apply to suspicious behavior, not personal prejudices against minorities engaging in non-suspicious behavior."”

- Ahmed Rehab, Executive Director at the Council on American-Islamic Relations.


Texas Man Arrested After Threatening To Shoot Up Mosque


Where: New Territory, Texas
When: Tuesday, Nov. 17
Who: Clayton Alexander Cansler, 26


What: Cansler allegedly sent a direct message over Facebook in which he said he would "shoot up a mosque," accompanied by an image of an assault weapon and ammunition. Authorities say he confessed to the messages and was arrested on charges of making a terroristic threat, a felony. If convicted, he'll face two to 10 years in prison. The Ft. Bend County Sheriff's Dept. said that Cansler said he sent the messages because he was "distressed due to having a close friend die in the 9/11 World Trade Center attacks in addition to recent Terroristic attacks in Paris, France."



Student: Driver Tried To Run Me Over For Being Muslim

Where: Cincinnati, Ohio
When: Monday, Nov. 16
Who: Haneen Jasim, a pre-med student at the University of Cincinnati
What: Jasim, who wears a hijab, says she was at a crosswalk when a man stopped his car at a red light and started yelling at her, repeatedly calling her a "terrorist." The driver then veered toward her. "He was practically going to go and run over me, and the three people in front of me ended up practically saving my life and pulled me out the street and on to the side walk," Jasim recalled to FOX19.


Muslim Woman Attacked, Called 'Terrorist'

Where: Toronto, Canada
When: Monday, Nov. 16
Who: An unidentified Muslim woman

“"We will remain law-abiding citizens true to our religion of love and peace and forgiveness. These are the core values of our religion, which we'll continue to hold on to."”

- The brother of the attacked woman, who said his sister is "scarred for life" from her attack.

What: A Toronto Muslim woman was picking up her kids from school when two men started to kick and punch her, CBC reported. The assailants told the woman to "go back to her country," as they tried to rip off her hijab. Toronto police are investigating the incident as a hate crime.


Feces, Torn Pages Of Quran Found Outside Mosque

Where: The Islamic Center of Pflugerville, about 15 miles outside Austin, Texas
When: Monday, Nov. 16
Who: Unidentified suspect(s)

Pflugerville Police Department via KVUE-TV, Austin

What: A member arrived at the center for morning prayer and found torn pages of the Quran outside, smeared with feces. Police are investigating the incident as a hate crime.

“"A few individuals who did what they did, they don't represent 1.6 billion Muslims. They don't represent me for sure and the Austin Muslim community."”

- Faisal Naeem, board member at The Islamic Center of Pflugerville.


Sign Asks Muslims If They're 'Sorry' For Paris Attacks

Where: Toronto, Canada -- again
When: A CityNews Toronto reporter spotted the sign on Sunday, Nov. 15

Who: An unidentified Toronto couple, who placed the sign outside their house

““I don’t think it’s hateful. I don’t think it’s racist."”

- Unidentified woman defending her sign.

What: After a giant backlash on social media and fearing "retribution," the couple removed the sign, which had asked all Muslims if they were "sorry for the slaughter of innocent people" in Paris.


Uber Driver Says Passenger Mistook Him For Muslim, Threatened To Kill Him

Courtesy of Samson Woldemichael

Where: Charlotte, North Carolina
When: Early Sunday morning, Nov. 15
Who: Uber driver Samson Woldemichael and the unidentified suspect who attacked him
What: Woldemichael -- a Christian Ethiopian immigrant and father of two -- picked up his assailant outside an Irish pub. Near the end of the ride, the passenger became belligerent. "He told me he was going to shoot me right in face or strangle me," Woldemichael told HuffPost. "He used a lot of bad words ... really dirty words, and said I was a Muslim." He then repeatedly punched Woldemichael in the face. Police are investigating.


'Suspicious' Passengers Removed From Flight

Where: Aboard American Airlines Flight 2124, about to depart from Washington's Ronald Reagan National Airport on its way to Boston
When: Sunday, Nov. 15
Who: Two "suspicious" people, whom conservative commentator Laura Ingraham excitedly described as "two Middle Eastern passengers!"
What: The flight's crew thought the two passengers were acting suspiciously, according to WCVB. The pair were removed from the flight, questioned by police, and released. American Airlines said they would be accommodated on another flight. A K-9 unit that swept the flight detected no threats.


Man Harassed At Theater Over 'What Happened In Paris'

Where: The AMC movie theater at 84th and Broadway in Manhattan
When: Sunday, Nov. 15
Who: Christian Alexander Pean and a man, seen in the video above wearing a turtleneck
What: Pean, a medical student, was in the lobby of the theater waiting for a friend to go see "The Martian." According to Pean, he was just texting on his phone when:

...this guy came up to me. He was maybe two feet away from my face and asked assertively, "What are you doing here?" I replied, "I'm going to watch the Martian. I'm waiting for my friend. She has the tickets." I thought maybe he worked there, or was just striking up a conversation. Then he goes on and gets louder, "Is that really what you're doing? Stop standing there and texting. You know what happened in Paris. Guys like you texting and standing...that's suspicious."

And then:

He takes a step closer, "Take off your jacket. Open it up and show me what's inside." And he starts to try and REACH in my jacket. I back up and tell him "Do not do that. Get away from me." He kept yelling at me and motioning for me to take my jacket off.

That's when Pean started to film the video above. A fourth-year medical student at Mount Sinai, Pean told The Village Voice he grew up in Texas and is a U.S. citizen of Haitian and Mexican descent.


Muslim Student Says He Was Spat On, Attacked

Where: Toronto, Canada
When: The weekend after the Paris attacks
Who: 21-year-old Osama Omar, a Muslim student at the University of Toronto

What: Omar says he was waiting for a streetcar home after a day of studying when a man approached him and man spat in his face. The man told him to take off his "turban," Omar says, referring to the topi he wears, and continually insulted him. "Islamophobia is real," he wrote in the above Facebook post. "In light of recent events and incidents of violence, I remain hopeful for my beloved city of Toronto."


Protesters Outside Mosque: 'God Hates Muslims!'

Where: Portland, Oregon
When: Sunday, Nov. 15
Who: A handful of protesters

“"I think when there's such fear and misinformation about Islam, that it lends more and more to this."”

- Abdul Rahim Hubbs, a member of the Ahmaddiya Muslim Community, told KATU.

What: The protesters, who appeared to be Christian, carried signs on the sidewalk outside the Portland Rizwan Mosque. One man, who wore a shirt that said "PROUD TO BE AN INFIDEL" and spoke through a megaphone, called the Quran the "doctrine of demons," Mohammed a "pervert," Muslims "the pawns of Satan," and said that "God hates Muslims."


Scary Tweet Threatens Muslims

Where: Michigan
When: Saturday, Nov. 14
Who: Sara Beebe, a 28-year-old Navy veteran woman from Fort Gratiot, Michigan
What: One day after the Paris attacks, Beebe tweeted, "Dearborn, MI has the highest Muslim population in the United States. Let's f**k that place up and send a message to ISIS. We're coming." Beebe later deleted her Twitter account and apologized, saying, "I would never wish ill on anyone, especially because of their religious beliefs. That off-the-cuff post will haunt me for the rest of my life." State and local prosecutors are investigating whether Beebe should face charges over the threat.


Arsonists Burn Down Mosque

Where: The Masjid Al-Salaam mosque in Peterborough, Ontario, Canada
When: Late Saturday night, Nov. 14
Who: Unidentified suspect(s)
What: Hours after members of the Kawartha Muslim Religious Association celebrated the birth of a new baby at the mosque, arsonists set the building ablaze, causing $80,000 worth of damage. Thankfully, no one was injured, and police are investigating the arson as a hate crime.

““Attacking a place of worship is a despicable act. Masjid Al-Salaam, the name of the mosque, means mosque of peace.””

- Peterborough Mayor Daryl Bennett.


Pregnant Muslim Woman Assaulted

Where: On a street in the Mission Valley district of San Diego, California
When: The same night as the Paris terror attacks, Nov. 13
Who: An unidentified pregnant woman, dressed in a traditional Muslim headscarf and pushing her child in a stroller
What: A man followed her and made racially charged threats. He then allegedly stopped her and pushed her stroller back into her, an act that CAIR officials said counts as assault, according to NBC San Diego. The victim said the suspect had threatened her before, and contacted police. It's unclear whether he'll face charges. CAIR executive director Hanif Mohebi said threats against Muslims locally have spiked, with 170 reports locally this year, 45 of which were hate mail. He said Muslim Americans suffered twice after terror attacks -- first while mourning the incident and then by taking the blame.


Family Suspects House Shooting Prompted By Paris Attacks

Where: The Elmasri family home in Orlando, Florida
When: Sunday, Nov. 15
Who: The Elmasri family and yet-to-be identified suspect(s)
What: When Amir Elmasri, his wife, Nehil, and their children all returned to their home Sunday morning, they found a bullet hole in the garage. The bullet had traveled into the couple's bedroom and lodged itself inside a dresser. When police arrived, they discovered evidence of three shots fired at the house. Although there's no evidence yet of a hate crime, Elmasri told police he suspects his family was targeted because they're Muslim. "We are as peaceful as any American family," he told WFTV. "I mean, why would you shoot at my garage?"


Mosque Vandalized


Where: Omaha, Nebraska
When: Saturday, Nov. 14
Who: Attendees of the Islamic Center of Omaha
What: On Monday morning, leaders of the mosque reported that their building had been targeted by vandals over the weekend for the third time in fourth months. This time, someone had spray-painted an Eiffel Tower on an exterior wall. Mohammed Rasheed, chairman of the Islamic Center, later said both the FBI and local law enforcement had mounted an investigation into the incident. In a statement, the center denounced the acts of terrorists in Paris and said that backlash against the Muslim community in the U.S. is an affront to the "free and open exchange of ideas" and the "democratic rights" of Americans.


Egyptian Student's Dorm Room Door Vandalized

via WTNH

Where: The University of Connecticut
When: Friday, Nov. 13
Who: Mahmoud Hashem, a civil engineering student from Egypt
What: When Hashem returned to his dorm room Saturday morning, he discovered that someone had written the words "killed Paris" underneath the name tag on his door.

When asked by WTNH if he felt safe on campus after the incident, Hashem responded: "Maybe, I don't know."

University police are investigating.


Man Threatens To Firebomb Mosque, Shoot Children

Pinellas County Sheriff's Office via Buzzfeed

Where: St. Petersburg, Florida
When: Friday, Nov. 13, as the attacks were ongoing in Paris
Who: Martin Alan Schnitzler
What: Schnitzler allegedly called the Islamic Center of Pinellas County and left two horrifying voicemails. Citing the Paris attacks, a man who identifies himself as Martin Schnitzler can be heard threatening to "firebomb" the mosque and "shoot whoever is there."

BuzzFeed transcribed the vile rant:

“Yes, I’m a red-blooded American watching the news in France. I’m over this shit. I’m calling all mosques in Pinellas County. I’m bringing it to you baby, I’m tired of this shit. Guard your children. I don’t care if you are extremists or not. I’m tired of your shit. Get out of my fucking country. I am going to bomb your fucking location. My name is Martin Schnitzler and you can fucking come and find me and report me whenever you want. I am going to fucking take you guys down. I’m sick of you sand n*****s fucking the world up. Fuck you. Fuck Allah. We’ll see how you like it when someone firebombs your fucking place, starts shooting people at will in our country. I’m taking the war to you and I’m going to have a big following. We’re over this shit. You’re not the only mosque in this call. Everyone is getting this call tonight. Fuck you.”

(To listen to the second voicemail, head over to BuzzFeed.)

Schnitzler was arrested Tuesday and faces a federal charge of making a telephonic threat to kill, injure or intimidate using fire or an explosive, which carries up to a 10-year prison sentence upon conviction. Schnitzler has since posted bail.


Shots Fired Into Mosque

Where: The Baitul Aman mosque in Meriden, Connecticut
When: Neighbors reported hearing gunshots early on Saturday, Nov. 14
Who: The suspect is unknown, and nobody was injured. The mosque was empty at the time of the incident.
What: Someone fired multiple rounds into the mosque after the Paris attacks, and bullets ripped through three interior walls and areas where members gather for prayer.

“We strongly denounce all acts of terrorism. Terrorists have hijacked our religion ... Of course this is a fearful thing, but we will stay strong.””

- Mohammed Qureshi, president of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community of Connecticut.

Several witnesses heard gunshots at about 2 a.m. Saturday, and the bullet holes were found Sunday, according to My Record Journal. Local police turned over the investigation to the FBI.

Mohammed Qureshi, president of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community of Connecticut, said he couldn't speculate as to whether the shooting was a hate crime but he feels the pressure of the Muslim community getting the blame for acts of terrorism. He said the FBI asked members not to enter the mosque until the investigation is complete, but there's a strong chance that services will be held Friday regardless.


911 Caller Promises To Shoot Muslims, Gets Shot Himself

Where: Outside the suspect's home in Norman, Oklahoma
When: About 5:03 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 14
Who: Suspect Mark James Riedel, 47
What: Riedel was shot by police officers after he allegedly called 911 to tell dispatchers that he was going to "start shooting anything that looks like a Muslim after what they did to France."

He called twice. In the first call, he told a dispatcher, "You guys seem to be ignoring me. I'm just going to start shooting at cars." In the second call (embedded above), the dispatcher tried in vain to keep him on the phone.

When police arrived at his house, he allegedly walked out carrying a pistol, and was shot when he ignored repeated demands to put the weapon down, according to a Norman Police press release.

Riedel, who remains in the hospital, hasn't yet been formally charged. Two officers involved in the incident remain on leave pending the outcome of the investigation.


Andy Campbell and Nick Wing contributed reporting.

This article has been updated throughout.

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