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A large painting of Jesus on the cross was left at a Long Island Islamic center and police are investigating it as a hate crime.
The painting was found Friday on a fence of the Hillside Islamic Center in North New Hyde Park, Nassau County police said.
In a statement from the New York chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the group said; “Bias may have motivated this incident, but it could serve as a teaching moment for the perpetrator and for the community if it leads to greater understanding of the love Muslims have for Jesus, peace be upon him.”