Central Coast Muslims react to tensions with Iran, say they feel support from local community

KION546 | 1/6/2020 | Drew Andre
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SANTA CRUZ, Calif. (KION) In a social media post Sunday, Santa Cruz Police Chief Andy Mills said, “Santa Cruz Police are in contact [with] our Fed partners re possible retaliation-Terror. If there are threats we will keep our community informed. We are mindful that our Muslim neighbors may suffer unjust retaliation.”

This post follows the United States killing Qassem Soleimani, the head of Iran's elite Quds military force and one of the most powerful figures in the Islamic Republic in an airstrike in Baghdad, Friday.

Time - American

It can be a frightening time to be a Muslim American.

“I have a lot friends that have shared with me that they’re scared of leaving their homes. They’re wondering if they should wear their hijab, and personally its really sad for me to see my friends and sisters to go through this difficult time where they wonder if they’ll be safe,” Muslim Erica Aisha Charves said.

Islamic - Center - Santa - Cruz - KION

The Islamic Center of Santa Cruz tells KION although there is unjust hate towards the Muslim community in certain areas, they feel support from our local law enforcement and community following U.S. tensions with Iran and Iraq.

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