Townsville home vandalised over Arabic welcome sign
A TOWNSVILLE family has been left devastated after their home was vandalised and even set alight, causing an estimated $50,000 in damage.
The family -- a Christian family -- believes their home was targeted because there is an Arabic sign over their front door.
The sign, installed by the home's previous owners in the 1980s, wishes visitors a peaceful welcome.
Shani Boag and her mother have lived in the house for a decade.
She writes on Facebook that she interrupted the attack on her home before the fire could consume the house.
The marauders used spraypaint to scrawl offensive slogans about Allah, accusations that they are hiding terrorists and violent threats.
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Ms Boag said that beyond the cost of the physical damage, it also affects their time, health, security and trust.
"These "people" who broke into our house, who vandalised our walls, graffitied and broke our family pictures, set fire to a bedroom with assumably the intent to leave it to consume the entire home...
"They saw this sign over our front door. And they used it as an excuse to follow through with disgraceful actions.
"The saddest part is that their words strewn across our walls accuse not just Stuart and I of harbouring terrorists, but they accuse the equally respectable family before us of hiding them too.
"With no knowledge whatsoever they've drawn conclusions that we are somehow related to ISIS. Further to that, they've concluded that they are somehow justified to threaten us with death.
"Why? Because they have recognised Middle Eastern writing over our front door.
"The irony? The text is simply wishing the reader a peaceful welcome.
"How socially inadequate must you be to deface and set fire to any home, let alone one wishing you peace... At Christmas..."
Queensland Police have confirmed to Australian Regional Media the attack occurred between December 1 and December 7 on Jonquil Crescent in Annandale.
It caused "significant damage" to the home, including the spraypainting and scorching of the carpet.
Police are investigating.
A press conference will be held by Queensland Police later today.