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Iowa Muslims rocked by hate mail

Monday, March 20, 2017 - 01:16

Muslim members of a mosque in central Iowa are on edge after a threatening letter was found in the mosque's mailbox over the weekend. The letter calls Muslims ''vile'' and ''filthy.'' Nathan Frandino reports.

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It arrived over the weekend, a letter claiming that Donald Trump has a plan for Muslims. (SOUNDBITE) (English) ESAM BORAEY, ISLAMIC CENTER OF DSM SPOKESMAN, SAYING: "He's going to do to you Muslims what Hitler did to the Jews." Esam Boraey of the Islamic Center of Des Moines says local Muslims are still upset. (SOUNDBITE) (English) ESAM BORAEY, ISLAMIC CENTER OF DSM SPOKESMAN, SAYING: "That level of threat was absolutely shocked and surprised for all of us." The handwritten note calls Muslims "vile" and "filthy". Islamic Center administrator Hamed Baig says it was not in an envelope. (SOUNDBITE) (English) HAMED BAIG, ISLAMIC CENTER OF DSM ADMINISTRATOR, SAYING: "I was just about to put it in the garbage, and I opened it and start reading and this is what I've found." Now the letter's message has the community on edge. (SOUNDBITE) (English) ESAM BORAEY, ISLAMIC CENTER OF DSM SPOKESMAN, SAYING: "Some people are afraid to send their kids to school. Some of my friends take their hijabs off. Some of our friends stop going to the mosque." Boraey and Baig say they found support from the community, but the concern still lingers. (SOUNDBITE) (English) HAMED BAIG, ISLAMIC CENTER OF DSM ADMINISTRATOR, SAYING: "In a way you're worried because you never know who may have that grievance." (SOUNDBITE) (English) ESAM BORAEY, ISLAMIC CENTER OF DSM SPOKESMAN, SAYING: "I'm sure he's just an ignorant, racist person. He believes in a different America." Boraey says there are video images of a man putting something in the mailbox. They say they've handed it over to police.

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Iowa Muslims rocked by hate mail

Monday, March 20, 2017 - 01:16