Another “Hate Crime” That Probably Wasn’t

Posted by on Apr 07, 2012 at 8:08 am

These stories are so predictable. A Muslim living in America is killed, a suspicious note is found at the scene, the unindicted terror co-conspirators from CAIR immediately rush before the cameras to declare it a “hate crime,” and  a gullible media runs with that angle.

Then the truth starts trickling out. Sound familiar?

Police want to know who received a suspicious text message sent from the cell phone of a slain Iraqi woman’s daughter while the teen was being interviewed by detectives, according to recently released court documents.

The message: “The detective will find out tell them cnt talk.”

Details in the search warrant affidavit released this week could chip away at widespread speculation that the March 21 beating death of Shaima Alawadi was a hate crime.

Her 17-year-old daughter, Fatima Alhimidi, said after the attack that she found a note by her unconscious mother that read: “Go back to your country, you terrorist.”

El Cajon Police Lt. Mark Coit said Friday that the department was not commenting on the ongoing investigation, which is being assisted by the FBI.

Detectives did find a note but have not revealed its contents. The torn note was handwritten and was a copy.

The family told police a similar note was left at their home weeks before the attack, but they did not keep it.

The court papers also disclosed that Alawadi, 32, planned to divorce her husband and move to Texas, and that the daughter was distraught over her pending arranged marriage to a cousin.

In November, the teen jumped from her mother’s moving car and possibly broke her arm after she was discovered by police in a car with a 21-year-old man, the records show.

Alhimidi said, ” ‘I love you, Mom,’ opened the vehicle door and jumped out while the vehicle was doing approximately 35 mph,” the documents said. “Police were informed by paramedics and hospital staff that Fatima Alhimidi said she was being forced to marry her cousin and did not want to do so, (so) she jumped out of the vehicle.”

The teenager told police that on the night of the killing, she heard glass break and her mother squeal, but she thought it was a dropped plate. She said she found her mother unconscious 10 minutes later.

Alawadi had suffered at least six blows to the head, possibly caused by a tire iron. She died three days later.

A neighbor reported seeing a man carrying a brown box running from the area of Alawadi’s house around the time of the attack.

Of course before any facts had been established we were warned of “anti-Muslim” activity in San Diego.

Some have compared Alawadi, who wore a hijab, the headscarf traditionally worn by Muslim women, with Trayvon Martin, the 17-year-old African-American from Florida who was shot dead in February by a neighborhood-watch captain who thought he looked suspicious. Martin, who was unarmed, was wearing a hoodie when he was shot. Hashtags #RIPTrayvonMartin and #RIPShaima are showing up together in hundreds of messages such as “hood or hijab–this needs to stop.”

But what isn’t being widely reported is that even before Alawadi’s death, San Diego-area Muslims were experiencing a notable increase in discrimination, bullying, and physical assaults, according to the local Council on America-Islamic Relations, or CAIR-San Diego.

And just like to rush to judgment in the Martin case, this narrative is crumbling. Now it’s quite likely this Alawadi may have been killed by her estranged husband. So if it’s an honor killing, will CAIR be speaking out against honor killings?

Don’t hold your breath. Did you know even suggesting this was an honor killing is anti-Muslim bigotry?

Instead of looking at Alawadi’s death in light of the anti-Muslim environment we live in, Muslims allow our internalized oppression to lead us to believe the stereotypes perpetuated against our community.

I have seen tweets and comments from Muslims suggesting the possibility Alawadi’s killing might be an act of domestic violence or, worse, an honor killing. 

In the United States, we need to come to terms with anti-Muslim bigotry, stand up to it and unequivocally deem it unacceptable. An injustice toward any one person or community is an injustice to us all.

And lies perpetrated by CAIR are also an injustice, yet they’re never held to account. Oh, and now the likely suspect is in Iraq, so don’t plan on seeing justice.

Fatima, her father, and a brother traveled to Iraq last week to attend Alawadi’s funeral and planned to stay about two weeks. The information revealed in the search warrant has raised questions about why investigators allowed the family members to leave the country during the investigation.

Paul Pfingst, the county’s former district attorney, explained that a suspect cannot be barred from leaving the country if he or she has not been charged with a crime and there are no separate immigration issues involved.


4 Responses to “Another “Hate Crime” That Probably Wasn’t”

  1. Don on 7/07/12 at 1:46 pm

    At this point, I’m functioning on the assumption that anything I see reported about a “hate crime” is opposite the facts of the case. I have a near-perfect record going on a year straight. I called the Zimmerman case “correctly” in a matter of minutes by assuming he was essentially innocent of any racial bias and at some point it would come out that he was the opposite of a racist.( We will probably never know all of the “facts” about this case, so I could still end up looking like an idiot. I’d bet Zimmerman will never again be truly free though, no matter what happens.)

    This is getting ridiculous. You can do the same thing with politics. Assume the opposite of what makes the “news” and you will be correct more often than not.

  2. Frank G on 7/07/12 at 3:21 pm

    The story was bunk, but CAIR and the Islamic Grievance Machine pushed it for all it was worth. It’s likely the husband and daughter will never return from Iraq – guess who the prime suspects are now? CAIR and the Islamo-Press can FOAD