Bacon found in a Staten Island park is being investigated by the police. The Staten Island Advance reports that the area where the raw pork meat was found was left in a part of Staten Island's New Dorp Beach was where "about 1,500 worshipers gathered" to celebrate the end of Ramadan.
Only a few people from the Staten Island branch of the Muslim American Society saw the bacon, and its president Dr. Mohamed Sadela said, "Everything went smoothly. The community is really not aware of it."
The Council of American-Islamic Relations's executive director Muneer Awad said that these kind of incidents are used to taunt Muslims, "This isn’t what America’s about. This isn’t about intolerance, our diversity is our strength and we’re encouraging people to embrace that diversity." And Hesham El-Meligy, who founded Islamic Civic Association-Staten Island, said, "It's unfortunately a manifestation of the atmosphere and the irresponsible rhetoric of some politicians and some in the public."