FROM THE ANTI-DEFAMATION LEAGUE BLOG:
Following the terrorist events in Paris, hostility and attacks against the Muslim community around the country have escalated on the ground, online and in the public discourse.
Such anti-Muslim incidents and sentiment not only create an atmosphere of fear, but also feed into claims made by terrorist organizations such as ISIS of America’s inherent animosity towards Islam and Muslims. They use this narrative as a tactic to gain more support.
Below are reported threats, attacks and other incidents directed at the American Muslim community in the week following the Paris attacks:
November 13: Threatening calls to a Mosque in St. Petersburg, Florida
A man was arrested after he left several threatening voicemails for the Islamic Center of Pinellas County in Pinellas Park. He reportedly cited the Paris attacks and warned that he was going to go to “firebomb you and shoot whoever is there.”
November 14: Michigan woman tweets threats against Muslims in Dearborn, Michigan
A woman from Fort Gratiot was investigated by police after she posted a threat on Twitter that read: “Dearborn, MI, has the highest Muslim population in the United States. Let’s (expletive) that place up and send a message to ISIS.”