Islamberg, New York

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Islamberg, New York
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Islamberg is located in New York
Islamberg
Islamberg
Location of Islamberg in New York
Coordinates: 42°03′08″N 75°20′06″W / 42.05222°N 75.33500°W / 42.05222; -75.33500Coordinates: 42°03′08″N 75°20′06″W / 42.05222°N 75.33500°W / 42.05222; -75.33500
CountryUnited States
StateNew York
CountyDelaware
TownTompkins
Population
 • Total200

Islamberg (Arabic: إسلامبيرج‎) is a rural hamlet and religious community in the town of Tompkins, Delaware County, New York.[1]

History[edit]

Islamberg was settled by a group of mostly black Muslim families in the 1980s,[2] who sought to escape the troubles of New York City.[3] The group was inspired by Sufi Cleric Sheikh Syed Mubarik Ali Shah Gilani and sought a more "peaceful and holy Muslim life".[4][5] Islamberg has a population of about 200,[2] along with its own grocery store, bookstore, and school.[3] The community serves as the headquarters of Muslims of America, which seeks to promote an understanding of Islam.[6]

Public safety[edit]

Although relations with neighboring communities are cooperative,[5] Islamberg has repeatedly faced threats and persecution – much of it originating from false right-wing conspiracy theories spread online.[7] Right-wing groups have claimed that Islamberg is a training center for terrorists, a claim which local law enforcement and state police investigators say is entirely untrue.[6]

In November 2015, Jon Ritzheimer, of Phoenix, Arizona, made news for threatening an attack on Islamberg.[8] In June 2017, a Tennessee man, Robert Doggart, was sentenced to almost 20 years in prison for plotting an attack on Islamberg.[9][10] In January 2019, three men and one male minor were arrested for plotting an attack on Islamberg with explosives.[11][12][13] Police found 23 firearms and three homemade bombs that investigators claim were going to be used to attack the hamlet.[14]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ ""Cannonsville Reservoir" 7.5 minute quadrangle". U.S. Geological Survey/ACME Mapper. Retrieved November 4, 2015.
  2. ^ a b "Planned Attack On Muslim Community In Upstate New York Disrupted, Police Say". NPR.org. Retrieved 2019-01-23.
  3. ^ a b "Islamberg: A Terror Compound in New York ... or Misunderstood Neighbors?". Fox News. 2015-03-25. Retrieved 2019-01-24.
  4. ^ "Islamberg: A Terror Compound in New York ... or Misunderstood Neighbors?", foxnews.com; accessed May 3, 2014.
  5. ^ a b Laila, Kearney (June 1, 2015). "A tranquil Muslim hamlet in the Catskills - until the attack plot". Reuters. Retrieved January 5, 2016.
  6. ^ a b Novacic, Ines (July 16, 2015). "Muslim enclave in U.S. battles suspicion, alleged threats". cbsnews.com.
  7. ^ Rojas, Rick (2019-01-28). "They Created a Muslim Enclave in Upstate N.Y. Then Came the Online Conspiracies". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2019-02-01.
  8. ^ Michaud, Chris (November 29, 2015). "Upstate New York town threatened by Arizona man in online post: reports". Reuters. Retrieved January 5, 2016.
  9. ^ "Tennessee man sentenced over plot to attack Muslim community", reuters.com, June 15, 2017; accessed Dec 17, 2017.
  10. ^ "America Snores When Christian Terrorist Threatens to Massacre Muslims", thedailybeast.com, May 18, 2015; accessed May 20, 2015.
  11. ^ Thompson, Howard (2019-01-22). "Court docs: Three men near Rochester charged in bomb plot against Muslim community". WIVB. Retrieved 2019-01-22.
  12. ^ WHAM (22 January 2019). "Police: Four plotted to attack NY Muslim community with IEDs, 23 guns". WKRC. Retrieved 29 January 2019.
  13. ^ "Four held over NY 'plot' against Muslims". 23 January 2019. Retrieved 29 January 2019 – via www.bbc.co.uk.
  14. ^ Folley, Aris (January 23, 2019). "Four arrested in bomb plot targeting Muslim community in New York". The Hill.