Hate Moves Upstate: Mosque Near Rochester Targeted by Bigots
Waterport, New York, is 373 miles from the sacred ground of the World Trade Center site. But apparently, the good Americans up near the Canadian border have some sensitivities just like those folks down in the Big City, and the local-but-god-damn-foreign-seeming Muslims aren't respecting those sensitivities at all (HT: mistermix).
After a group of worshippers at a mosque in Waterport said they had been targets of violence--five teens, all from Holley, were arrested Tuesday for disrupting a religious service One of those person was arrested on felony charges of illegal possession of a weapon. According to Jacob Zimmerman, member of the World Sufi Foundation, Monday night during evening prayers, cars drove by the mosque with people yelling obscenities and squealing tires—and gunshots were fired. Zimmerman said when the 11 p.m. services ended, his friend David Bell heard something and ran to the bottom of the hill where a black SUV which had been harassing mosque members over recent days injured Bell in the hip and the mouth. “It’s been going on for years,” Zimmerman said, “It’s never been taken seriously. It takes the police at least a half hour to get down here”. Mosque members have just begun observing the holy month of Ramadan which is the ninth month of the Islamic year, observed as sacred with fasting and practiced daily from dawn to sunset.Here's a local news report featuring an interview with Zimmerman (who just looks like a terrorist):