The NYPD Hate Crimes Division is investigating an incident at the New Dorp Beach field after bacon was found on the ground before a Ramadan service.
Staten Island reported, via Conservative National News:
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.