Hate graffiti scrawled outside mosque north of Toronto

Hate messages were spraypainted outside of the Jaffari Community Centre in Thornhill late Sunday....

Hate messages were spraypainted outside of the Jaffari Community Centre in Thornhill late Sunday. (Siddika Sumar photo)

Matt Ingram, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 8:44 AM ET

TORONTO -- York Regional Police are investigating anti-Islamic graffiti at a mosque and community centre in Thornhill.

Police were called after members of the Jaffari Community Centre noticed the graffiti around 8 p.m. Sunday.

"Arab go home" and "F--- Gaza" were spray-painted in large white letters on the sidewalk leading to the mosque, and a Star of David was painted on an entry sign identifying the building.

The centre was particularly full Sunday evening as members were celebrating the Night of Power, one of the most important nights during Ramadan.

Centre spokesman Shabbir Jaffer said the community was "appalled."

"It was a nasty piece of work. Everyone is pretty shocked and hurt, made worse by it happening on such a holy night," Jaffer said.

There have been no previous incidents of anti-Islamic graffiti at the centre and Jaffer says they have not experienced any problems with the local community.

Police are reviewing security footage from cameras at the scene for any clues as to who is responsible. However, Jaffer was unable to confirm if any of the cameras cover the area where the vandalism took place.


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