Monday, August 20, 2012
NYPD Hate Crime Investigation After Bacon Found At End of Ramadan Celebration...Update: Anonymous Caller Claims Responsibility
Pork: The other white meat.
Staten Island, NY (silive.com) -- It's being investigated as a hate crime -- someone scattered pieces of bacon over the New Dorp Beach field where the borough's Muslim community celebrated the end of Ramadan Sunday morning.
But that act of desecration failed to ruin what organizers described as a successful celebration -- about 1,500 worshipers gathered at the John D'Amato Field at New Dorp Lane and Cedar Grove Avenue, unaware of the early morning police investigation that preceded the ceremony.
"Everything went smoothly," said Dr. Mohamed Sadeia, president of the Muslim American Society on Staten Island, which organized the gathering. "The community is really not aware of it.
Dr. Sadiea was one of a handful of organizers who noticed the uncooked bacon on a small section of the field at about 8 a.m.
He said he contacted police, but kept the incident and investigation quiet, because he didn't want to distress the adults and children gathering for morning prayers.
"They didn't want to ruin the happiness of one of the only two holidays of the entire year," said Hesham El-Meligy, the founder of the Islamic Civic Association-Staten Island, who said he didn't attend the outdoor ceremony but had heard about the incident.
A police spokeswoman confirmed on Sunday that the NYPD's Hate Crime Unit is investigating the incident.
Adherents of Islam are forbidden to eat pork.
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STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. (silive.com) -- An anonymous caller is taking responsibility for Sunday's possible hate crime at a New Dorp Beach field where morning Ramadan prayers were scheduled, claiming in a message to the Advance that he had been discarding spoiled bacon when he left it on the field.
"Hi, Deborah. This is-- I was reading the article about the horrible incident of bacon and Muslims in the park and I wanted to let you know that is not my intention," said the male caller, in a 9:20 a.m. message left on a reporter's voice mail Tuesday. He stops short of saying his name.
"I had put the bacon there. It was going bad in my trunk and I put it out for the scavengers like the opossums and the raccoons and sea gulls, and I did not intend for that to cause anybody any problems.
"It was not any (inaudible) anti-Muslim act, and I did not want to offend anybody in any way. Thank you and have a good day."