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University of Arizona Students Hurl Insults, and Litter, at Mosque in Tucson
by Fernanda Santos
Rania Kanawati, a Syrian immigrant, was walking to her car after Friday Prayer last month at the Islamic Center of Tucson when a beer can landed right behind her, then another one fell by her side.
On another night at the mosque, Ahmed Meiloud, a Ph.D. candidate from Mauritania who is the Islamic Center's president, was leaving the building when someone yelled from a passing car, "Terrorist, go back to where you came from!"
The diverse congregation of the Islamic Center — a squat copper-domed complex just outside the University of Arizona's campus — has endured taunts and vandalism ever since hundreds of students moved into two private high-rise apartments next door three years ago. In at least one instance, a shower of crushed peanuts rained down on the mosque; more typically, cans and bottles are flung from apartment balconies, usually on the party nights of Friday and Saturday.
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