New York police arrested a man Tuesday over the firebombing of a
mosque, but some say the incident reflects much deeper tensions faced by
Muslim New Yorkers — and that police are partly to blame.
Police say they are investigating whether the throwing of Molotov
cocktails at an Islamic center and four other sites were hate crimes.
Even before the question of motive is resolved, the unusual violence has shocked the multi-ethnic borough of Queens.
“Whether it was a senseless act of violence or a hate crime
will be determined down the road. In either case, we are not going to
tolerate it,” Mayor Michael Bloomberg said after meeting with Muslim,
Jewish and Christian representatives at the Imam Al-Khoei Foundation, an
Islamic center targeted in Sunday’s attacks.