Rally Supports Boston-Area Mosque Hit With ‘USA' Graffiti

The rally was meant to counter anti-Muslim sentiment

Muslim and interfaith leaders have rallied in support of a suburban Boston mosque spray-painted with "USA" graffiti.

The rally at the Islamic Center of Burlington was meant to counter anti-Muslim sentiment and was themed "We are Americans."

Supporters wrote positive messages on a large white paper hung on an outside wall of the mosque, where the graffiti was written repeatedly in red spray paint over the Halloween weekend.

Organizers expressed gratitude to law enforcement for their quick response though they still want prosecutors to pursue hate crime charges.

Two 18-year-old Burlington men have been arrested and charged with malicious destruction of property over $250.

The Massachusetts chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations says the graffiti reflects a common Islamophobic theme that Muslims are not "real Americans."

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