Long Island mosques see increased patrols ahead of Ramadan

Leaders at the Islamic Center of Melville say they have seen an increase in patrols since a man was arrested last month for trespassing and harassment following an outburst over the Israel-Hamas conflict.

News 12 Staff

Mar 10, 2024, 4:15 PM

Updated 33 days ago

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Police patrols have increased at local mosques for the month of Ramadan.
Leaders at the Islamic Center say they have seen an increase in patrols since a man was arrested last month for trespassing and harassment following an outburst over the Israel-Hamas conflict.
"We feel safe, and we appreciate that," says Talaat Abdelmoneim, the president of the Islamic Center of Melville.
Vice president Sally Hassanein recently met with Gov. Kathy Hochul, who visited the mosque following the incident. She says she is thankful for the extra police presence.
“It's scary times, but patrols are stepped up,” she said. “They have two cars here every Sunday and patrols on Friday and evenings during our prayer."
Nassau and Suffolk police will also be patrolling near Muslim schools and businesses throughout the month of Ramadan.


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