Vandals broke two windows on the northwest corner of the Diwan Indian Restaurant, located at 37 Shore Rd., the night of Sept. 11. Then, some time between late Saturday night and early Sunday morning, a person or persons unknown threw a rock through the front window of the Dunkin Donuts in Manorhaven, on Shore Road, where several of the employees are middle-eastern.
The interior of Diwan Indian Restaurant showing the windows, now boarded up, that were broken in what appears to be an incidence of racial profiling.
One of the co-owners of the Dunkin Donuts, Erik Merkle, commented, "It's a shame that some people want to take the actions of the government into their own hands. Some of the people who work for me are Muslim, and they feel very sorry about what's happened to the United States." He wants the vandals to know that they damaged an American owned and operated business, which must be repaired with the owners' money. He also points out that they are not helping an already difficult situation. "I hope they wise up and stop vandalizing myself and other businesses."
Last Thursday, when Town of North Hempstead Supervisor May Newburger learned about the incident at Diwan, she called the paper and commented: "I am horrified at such a senseless demonstration of bigotry that should not exist in this community."
Community Synagogue's Rabbi Jeffrey Salkin offered the following statement: "Our collective souls have been battered by our grief and our anger over this assault on our nation. However, we are forbidden to allow that rage to spill over onto the innocent Arab-Americans and Muslims in our midst. Their hands did not shed this blood. They are our neighbors and our friends, and we stand tall in our conviction that they not become our scapegoats."
One of the many callers who phoned the paper regarding these incidents said these acts offended and upset him. "I hope that something is done at the schools about it," he said.