Graffiti scrawled at mosque construction site

The NYPD Hate Crimes Task Force is investigating the source of graffiti at the site of a mosque under construction in Queens Village.

The NYPD’s Hate Crimes Task Force is investigating graffiti that was found scrawled at the site of a mosque under construction in Queens Village.

The graffiti, which included a reference to the 9/11 attacks, was reported just before 5 p.m. on Saturday, according to Inspector Jeffrey Schiff, commanding officer of the 105th Precinct.

The property, located at 80-35 237 St., is owned by the Islamic Foundation of New York, which has its headquarters in Bellerose Manor. A person answering the phone said he could not address the matter and asked the Chronicle to call again later.

Ibrahim Hooper, the national communications director for the Council on American-Islamic Relations, said the graffiti appears to be part of a continuing pattern.

“I think we’ve been seeing this more and more involving Muslim institutions and Muslim individuals since the election of President Trump, and even before that when he was on the campaign trail,” Hooper said. “And not just Muslims. African Americans, Hispanics, immigrants — there has been an increase in hate incidents targeting all minority groups. This is just symptomatic of that.”

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