Never for­get: Mus­lim hate crime hoaxes

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An­other year. An­other Sept. 11 an­niver­sary. An­other op­por­tu­nity for grievance­mon­ger­ing Mus­lim ag­i­ta­tors to de­cry the imag­ined “epi­demic” of “Is­lam­o­pho­bia.”

South Asian Amer­i­cans Lead­ing To­gether (SAALT) con­vened with Mad Max­ine Wa­ters and other House Democrats in Wash­ing­ton, D.C., to mark a somber oc­ca­sion this week. No, not the co­or­di­nated ji­hadi mass mur­der of nearly 3,000 in­no­cent peo­ple of all races, na­tion­al­i­ties and re­li­gions on 9/11. In­stead, they lamented Sept. 12 — “the 16-year an­niver­sary of the day that South Asian, Mus­lim, Sikh, Hindu, Arab, and Mid­dle East­ern Amer­i­cans woke up to a new po­lit­i­cal re­al­ity in which the safety of our lives and the se­cu­rity of our homes were ir­re­vo­ca­bly com­pro­mised.”

For left-wing zealots, the bloody lash of world­wide Is­lamic ter­ror­ism pales in com­par­i­son to the so-called “back­lash” against Mus­lims. SAALT dis­sem­i­nated pre­fab tweets and dec­la­ra­tions nam­ing Pres­i­dent Trump, out­spo­ken an­ti­sharia ac­tivist Brigitte Gabriel and her grass-roots group, ACT for Amer­ica, as well as “law en­force­ment, im­mi­gra­tion en­force­ment, vig­i­lantes,” and “white su­prem­a­cists” as their en­e­mies.

They’re all the same to the tol­er­ance mob.

And “back­lash” is a catchall trash can for ev­ery­thing from side­ward glances to off-color jokes to of­fen­sive car­toons to un­re­solved crimes to ac­tual acts of in­tim­i­da­tion or phys­i­cal vi­o­lence. Mixed in with two shoot­ings and a stab­bing over the past year clas­si­fied as hate crimes, SAALT noted that in Au­gust, “a Min­nesota mosque was fire­bombed in what the gov­er­nor rightly de­clared an ‘act of ter­ror­ism.’”

One of those things is not like the other. I con­tacted the FBI this week to ask about the Min­nesota mosque in­ci­dent. It is un­solved af­ter more than a month, and a $30,000 re­ward for in­for­ma­tion re­mains un­claimed. An agent based in Min­neapo­lis ac­knowl­edged to me that “it’s al­ways a pos­si­bil­ity” that the crime may be a hoax.

That’s what the Sept. 12 gripers want you to for­get: Peo­ple lie. And too many Mus­lim op­por­tunists de­ceive in or­der to dis­tract and di­vide.

Just two weeks ago, an al­leged hate crime fell apart af­ter a 22-year-old Mus­lim man ad­mit­ted he had “ex­ag­ger­ated” an as­sault in a Durham, On­tario park re­stroom. Cana­dian po­lice dropped charges against a 57-year-old man whom the Mus­lim man claimed had shouted an­tiMus­lim ep­i­thets and punched him in the face.

“We could have charged him with ob­struct­ing po­lice or mis­chief and he was cau­tioned for those two of­fences,” a po­lice of­fi­cial told the Toronto Sun. But the faker es­caped with­out pun­ish­ment.

In late Au­gust, In­di­ana State Univer­sity pro­fes­sor Azhar Hus­sain re­ceived one year’s pro­ba­tion for fab­ri­cat­ing an­tiMus­lim threats and an as­sault. He pleaded guilty to mis­de­meanor charges of ob­struc­tion for jus­tice and ha­rass­ment af­ter ly­ing to cops this spring about be­ing at­tacked and send­ing anti-Mus­lim hate mails to the school.

“Based upon the in­ves­ti­ga­tion, it is our be­lief that Hus­sain was try­ing to gain sym­pa­thy by be­com­ing a vic­tim of anti-Mus­lim threats, which he had cre­ated him­self,” the cam­pus po­lice chief con­cluded.

In June, a small fire at a Des Moines, Iowa, mosque gen­er­ated na­tional head­lines — un­til a young Mus­lim woman was ar­rested for start­ing it.

“Se­cu­rity cam­eras in the mosque showed a woman, later iden­ti­fied as Aisha Is­mail, 22, pour­ing lighter fluid on the car­pet and then start­ing the fire,” po­lice re­ported. “It doesn’t ap­pear that she was try­ing to burn the place down,” the lo­cal chief said. “It seems like she was try­ing to make a state­ment.”

In Hous­ton, a “sus­pi­cious” fire at a Hous­ton mosque in 2015 turned out to have been set by one of the cen­ter’s own wor­shipers who prayed there five times a day for five years. The unin­dicted ter­ror-fund­ing co-con­spir­a­tors at CAIRHous­ton had clam­ored for law en­force­ment au­thor­i­ties to “in­ves­ti­gate a pos­si­ble bias mo­tive for this fire” due to “the re­cent spike in hate in­ci­dents tar­get­ing mosques na­tion­wide.”

That same year, New Yorker Kashif Par­vaiz was con­victed of mur­der­ing his wife in front of his child af­ter po­lice de­bunked his cover story of be­ing at­tacked by a group of big­ots who called the fam­ily “ter­ror­ists.”

For every rare and bona fide act of “Is­lam­o­pho­bia” in North Amer­ica, there are mul­ti­ple acts of Is­lamo-faux-bia ginned up to stir at­ten­tion, milk pub­lic com­pas­sion and gen­er­ate un­founded fear.

It’s bad enough when the Is­lamo-faux-bists op­er­ate any other time of year. It’s down­right dis­gust­ing when they ex­ploit the true hor­rors of 9/11 to hype their delu­sions of sys­temic post-9/12 op­pres­sion and col­lec­tive vic­tim­hood.

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