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Authorities are investigating a bias incident at the Hillside Islamic Center in North New Hyde Park, Nassau County police said.

According to detectives, Third Precinct patrol officers responded to the Hillside Avenue center about 5:45 p.m. Friday after an employee discovered a large painting of Christ on a cross. The picture was found hanging from the property's fence, police said.

A representative for the center could not immediately be reached for comment. In a news release issued Sunday, the New York chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations called on whoever left the painting to learn what Muslims believe.


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