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NYPD's Hate Crimes Task Force Investigates Anti-Muslim Leaflets in Brooklyn

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NYPD's Hate Crimes unit is investigating who put fliers with anti-Muslim rhetoric in some apartment buildings in Brooklyn. NY1's Magee Hickey filed the following report.

Ten-year-old Sanan Ansar showed us where the anti-Muslim leaflet was placed on the Mat in front of his family's front door in the Shore Haven apartment complex in Bensonhurst.

"My mom and my aunt—when we came up here, it was here. They took it home and then they threw it in the garbage," Ansar says.

The flyer reads, all in capital letters: "ISLAMISTS GO TO YOUR COUNTRY. USA HATES YOU. YOU ARE TERRORISTS AND BASTARDS. YOU ARE THE SECOND HOLOCAUST."

"It's not nice when they say go back to your country. I mean, we are all people here. America is a good country for all of the people," say Sarah Laskak, a resident of Bensonhurst.

The NYPD's Hate Crimes Task Force is investigating who placed these pamphlets in at least three of the 32 buildings in Shore Haven, a complex of more than 5,000 people from many backgrounds.

"Arabic, Paki, Bengali—a lot of mixed community. Last time it was like this, a little bit after 9/11. It was difficult, but after that, I didn't see anything like that at all," says Bensonhurst resident Ilyad Rashed.

"A hate crime against one group is a hate crime against us all, so we're going to actually double down on uniting as one neighborhood to reject this act of hatred and intolerance," says City Councilman Mark Treyger.

A spokeswoman for the Arab American Association of New York, Linda Sarsour, said in a statement: "This shouldn't be happening in Brooklyn. The language on the flyer is just horrible. The events in Gaza, Israel are definitely connected to these hateful events. The usage of the word 'Holocaust' is inappropriate."

"It is a hate crime and whoever is done this should get punished," says Bensonhurst resident Youssry Elraey.

In a written statement, Mayor Bill de blasio called the anti-Muslim leaflets "disgraceful" and said they run counter to the values we all cherish most.

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