Another Hate Crime Hoax
Do you believe that a
backlash” has resulted in a nationwide wave of
violence and bigotry against Muslims in America?
The hype artists and book-cookers
at the Arab-American Anti-Discrimination Committee (ADC)
want you to think so. The group`s
new report purports to document “a massive
increase” in hate crimes targeting Arab-Americans.
But in order to concoct a Muslim
hate crime epidemic, the ADC report lumps together
faulty citations, dubious anecdotes, and grossly
As an example of a
typical post-September 11
campus hate crime, the ADC report highlights an
alleged incident in Tempe, Ariz., where “a Muslim
student was pelted with eggs at Arizona State
University.” Where did the information about the
incident come from? The ADC refers to a
student op-ed piece in the Sept. 17, 2001, edition
of the Arizona Daily Wildcat, which attributes
the egg-pelting incident to a “National Public Radio
What the ADC is not telling you: Of
two egg-pelting incidents involving ASU students logged
by campus police, one was a complete
hoax and the other was a non-racial, non-religious
As I reported in a column back in
October 2001, ASU student Ahmad Saad Nasim lied to
cops about being assaulted and pelted with eggs in a
parking lot while assailants screamed “Die, Muslim,
Nasim confessed to fabricating the
attack when cops interviewed after he attempted a second
hate crime hoax—in which he locked himself in a library
restroom with the word "Die" written on his forehead, a
plastic bag tied over his head, and a racist note
stuffed in his mouth.
Bill Fitzgerald, spokesman for the
Maricopa County Attorney`s Office, told me last week
that Nasim recently pled guilty to two counts of
providing false information to police. His punishment? A
measly one year`s probation, 50 hours of community
service, and an order to seek psychological counseling.
The other egg-pelting incident at
ASU involved two 18-year-olds and two juveniles who
threw an egg at an unidentified, 31-year-old ASU
student. ASU spokeswoman Nancy Neff told me it was never
classified as a hate crime by police. No racial or
ethnic slurs were allegedly uttered, according to a
police account. “It was a bunch of guys on a joy
ride,” Neff said.
The ADC researchers` approach to
creating the myth of the Muslim hate crime epidemic is
simple: throw in everything plus the kitchen sink. The
ADC report trivializes a few truly heinous, violent
attacks—such as the post-September 11 murder of Sikh gas
Balbir Singh Sodhi in Mesa, Ariz.—by mixing in
unverified reports by school kids who say classmates
made fun of their Arabic names, gave them “dirty looks,”
or pulled off their head coverings.
Obnoxious behavior, for sure. But
The report cites a female student
complaining that someone told her to “go back to
wherever she came from.” I get one or two idiotic
e-mails expressing the same sentiment every week.
Small-mindedness can sting. But should it be a
reportable physical offense?
To further pad the hate crimes
report, the ADC decries the “hostile commentary” of
Middle East scholar
Steven Emerson, syndicated columnists
Jonah Goldberg, and
Ann Coulter, Washington Post columnists
Richard Cohen and Charles Krauthammer, the
Wall Street Journal
editorial page, the Weekly Standard,
National Review, and
jewishworldreview.com, not to mention talk radio and
the entertainment industry, as part of an orchestrated
“campaign of racism.”
The ADC report suggests that
every expression of support for law enforcement
profiling, every analysis of how the Muslim terrorist
network has infiltrated American universities, mosques,
prisons, and charities, and every condemnation of
radical Islam, qualifies as “defamation”
that leads to widespread anti-Muslim crimes.
Herein lies the real agenda of the
ADC and other apologists for
Islamic extremism: to liken outspoken critics to
murderers, to equate speech with violence, and to
exploit victimhood status in a cynical attempt to
distract attention from the true sources of terror in
Michelle Malkin [email
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Invasion: How America Still Welcomes Terrorists,
Criminals, and Other Foreign Menaces to Our Shores.
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