28 Dec. 1997
Dr. M.T. Mehdi, president of the National Council on Islamic Affairs (L), and artist Mohamed Said Ouafi show to reporters the vandalized Islamic crecent and star symbol at the Ellipse in Washington, December 28. The symbol, which was designed by Said Ouafi, was vandalized when someone painted a swastika on the star, which normally sits along the crecent's concave side, and threw it in a trash container December 27. This is the first year the Islamic symbol has been displayed alongside the Christmas tree and Hanukkah symbols on the Ellipse.