Metro Detroit Muslims condemn bomb threats at two U.S. campuses
- By Serena Maria Daniels
- The Detroit News
Muslim Americans in Metro Detroit are condemning bomb threats at two American universities following days of deadly violence at U.S. embassies in the Middle East that included the killing of four U.S. diplomats in Libya.
The unrest was sparked by an anti-Muslim video produced by an Egyptian-American that went viral on YouTube this week.
Dawud Walid, executive director of the Michigan chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations, said there is “no grievance, no matter how legitimate” that justifies the bomb threats made Friday against campuses in Texas and North Dakota.
At both the University of Texas at Austin and North Dakota State University, the threats led officials to order evacuations.
A spokesman with Wayne State University said the campus did not have any safety problems Friday. Officials from the University of Michigan could not immediately be reached.
“The escalating tensions going on overseas involve a very minuscule percentage of the 1.6 billion Muslims around the world,” Walid said.
The University of Texas at Austin and North Dakota State University on Friday both ordered campus buildings evacuated because of bomb threats.
A spokesman with North Dakota State said the school received a call Friday morning from a man with a Middle Eastern accent claiming to have placed bombs all over campus and saying that he belonged to al-Qaida.
Local imams plan a news conference 10 a.m. Saturday at the Islamic House of Wisdom in Dearborn Heights to address the escalating violence overseas and to discuss the caricatures and parodies depicted in a video shot by a California man.
An ambassador and three other Americans were killed Tuesday following angry demonstration over the anti-Islamic video. Demonstrations have occurred in more than a dozen nations ranging from Egypt and Yemen to Great Britain and Israel.
Officials speculate that Libyan extremists hijacked a similar protest in Benghazi, where U.S. Ambassador Chris Stevens and three of his colleagues were killed.