Vandal spray-paints Arizona hookah lounge with swastikas

A hookah lounge owned by an Iraqi-American man was spray-painted with swastikas and the words “get out,” according to police.

A suspect broke into the Maktoob Hookah Lounge in Flagstaff, Ariz., spray-painted the walls and windows with black swastikas, broke mirrors, and set a small fire inside, the Arizona Daily Sun reported.

The owner Aaron Jasim told the Daily Sun money had also been stolen from the cash register.

Jasim, who said he has received several death threats in the past, turned over one letter that read, “This is not over terorist [sic].”

Police, who are investigating the incident as an arson, are also looking into the note and trying to track down surveillance video footage.

The Arizona chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations called law enforcement to investigate the incident as a hate crime.

“We are continuing to see a steady rise in hate targeting Arab and Muslim communities,” said CAIR-Arizona Executive Director Imraan Siddiqi.

“This disturbing increase in hate needs to be taken seriously, as our places of business and houses of worship are being threatened nationwide.” 

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