UPDATE: 10 a.m. August 26, 2013
This morning, the Council on American-Islamic Relations, the nation's largest Muslim civil rights advocacy organization, called on Idaho and federal law enforcement authorities to investigate what it called "a possible bias motive for repeated acts of vandalism targeting a Muslim-owned business in Idaho," referring to the numerous incidents of vandalism at Mazzah Mediterranean Grill in Boise's North End.
“The repeated nature of the incidents, coupled with the word ‘murder’ and the religious and ethnic background of the victims, requires that a possible bias motive be investigated,” said CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper. “Too often, Muslims or those who are perceived to be Muslim are being singled out for discrimination and bias.”
CAIR officials said their organization's mission is "to enhance the understanding of Islam, encourage dialogue, protect civil liberties, empower American Muslims, and build coalitions that promote justice and mutual understanding."
ORIGINAL POST 9 a.m. August 26, 2013
Owners of a restaurant in Boise's North End think they may have become a target following at least four incidents of vandalism.
KTVB-7 reports that proprietors of Mazzah Mediterranean Grill are growing more concerned about the vandalism, which has ranged from eggs being thrown at the business to the word "murder" written in the parking lot in front of the restaurant.
Boise police told KTVB that while they continue to investigate the incidents, at this stage they don't consider it a hate crime because there were no racial or faith-based slurs.
Meanwhile, owners say they're offering a $500 reward for information that leads to the arrest of a suspect.