South Florida Mosques receive letters calling for genocide
SOUTH FLORIDA (CBS12) —
Pack your bags!
Pack your bags!
It's the message to Muslims and mailed to mosques.
The photocopied letters with a return address in California have turned up at nearly a dozen mosques in California, Georgia, Pennsylvania, Ohio and South Florida.
The sick letters call for genocide.
From Miami-Dade and Broward to Palm Beach County, the Muslim community feels quite nervous, afraid and rightfully so.
That's because the person who gleefully wrote the vile and hateful letter hints at the killing of all Muslims.
And this person suggests such evil act would be led by the incoming president.
"These types of letters could easily be a first step of something bad happening," said attorney Wilfredo Ruiz.
As the communications director for the Council on American Islamic Relations in Florida, Ruiz stays on top of threatening trends.
The latest one involves a letter sent to mosques in Miami Gardens and an undisclosed location in Broward County.
The sender is an anonymous group calling itself "Americans for a Better Way."
"I believe that what these people want to do," said Ruiz, "these haters who send these types of letters, is really to try to have an America divided."
The letter is addressed "to the children of satan."
"You Muslims are a vile and filthy people," this hater writes, "but your day of reckoning has arrived."
This person proudly writes, "there's a new sheriff in town -- President Donald Trump."
And the letter goes on to state, "He's going to do to you Muslims what Hitler did to the jews."
"There's always going to be people that are on edge and people that unfortunately take things the wrong way," said Sharif Elhosseiny, the President of the Islamic Center of Palm Beach.
Although he hasn't receive this latest threatening letter, the mosque has been a target of hate crimes in the past.
Nonetheless, Elhosseiny sees more positive reaction from our local community - treated like a neighbor.
"I've seen an overwhelming response from the community here, from people that are calling us, leaving us messages saying that, 'listen, I'm not Muslim but I support you'."
The Huffington Post reports that the Los Angeles Police Department believes it's days away from identifying the person sending these hate filled letters to various mosques.
And FBI Director FBI James Comey has a letter on his desk asking the Bureau to open an investigation.