Westchester County Executive George Latimer said, “Reports of a ‘Punish a Muslim Day’ are vile, wrong and have no place in our society. It is not who we are and it is not who we strive to be – as a local community, a state or as a nation."
Police patrols are being stepped up at New York mosques and Islamic centers in response to fears that a viral anti-Muslim campaign that originated in the United Kingdom will spread to New York.
In March, a letter began circulating in the U.K. that said Tuesday, April 3 had been designated Punish a Muslim Day. It laid out a points-based reward system for violence carried out against Muslims, including 50 points to “throw acid in the face of a Muslim” and 1,000 points to “burn or bomb a mosque.”
In a press statement, Latimer said, "Here in Westchester, we are working hard to restore our Human Rights Commission. This Commission’s stated goal is to ‘eliminate and prevent acts of discrimination and to foster tolerance among the inhabitants of Westchester County’ and we take that charge very seriously." .
"All people, regardless of faith, are welcome here in Westchester," Latimer added. "This is your home and we will do everything in our power to keep you safe.”
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