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Religious Leaders, Elected Officials Report Hateful Incidents Against Brooklyn Muslims

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Religious leaders and elected officials condemn what they're calling hateful incidents outside Brooklyn mosques over the weekend.

The Council on American-Islamic Relations says a car circled a Bay Ridge mosque while its passengers waved Israeli flags and yelled anti-Islamic slurs Sunday morning.

A spokesman for a Sheepshead Bay mosque says a similar incident happened there Friday, but the group in the car also threw eggs at elderly worshipers.

Officials are emphasizing the need for tolerance and cooperation.

"At this center, we have been with good relationships with everybody around us—all the neighbors around us, irrespective of their religion, irrespective of their ethnic origin—we are good with everybody," says Dr. Husam Rimawi, President of the Islamic Society of Bay Ridge.

"We have struggled for the last few years to try to get all religions, all communities represented in a room to talk about how we can build unity in the community, how can we better work together to combat acts of intolerance that we've been seeing widespread," says State Assemblywoman Nicole Malliotakis.

CAIR says the NYPD hate crimes unit is investigating both incidents, but police have not confirmed.

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