Hijabs, Hoodies, How About the Truth?
by GADI ADELMAN
April 9, 2012
I had no intention of doing back-to-back articles on Shaima Alawadi; however, after the responses and comments I received on my article "Hate crime, not likely", as well as the way the mainstream press is spinning this story, I had no choice.
One comment on my article posted on Family Security Matters stated,
i dont know if this was an 'honor' killing or not. the argument that the police call this an isolated incident seem to point in that direction.
but how many american men kill their wives or girlfriends every year for some perceived offense? why make this a muslim issue? there seems to be only 1 reason to make this a religious issue when 100s of women are murdered by their spouse or boyfriend. and that is 'race bating'. [sic]
aside from murders, how many american men beat their wives? are these honor beatings to save their male ego? this may or may not have been a hate crime, but this article definitely is.
Well, Nancy, you missed the whole point of the article. Yes, there are too many cases of domestic violence and just for you... According to the American Bar Association,
Approximately 1.3 million women and 835,000 men are physically assaulted by an intimate partner annually in the United States.
1.3 million women and 835,000 men seems almost equal when you think about it, but of course whendealing with Islam there is no equality. Then again, in Islam a man can beat his wife even if he "suspects" high handedness, as written in the Quran,
4:34 Husbands should take full care of their wives, with [the bounties] God has given to some more than others and with what they spend out of their own money. Righteous wives are devout and guard what God would have them guard in the husbands' absence. If you fear high-handedness from your wives, remind them [of the teaching of God], then ignore them when you go to bed, then hit them. If they obey you, you have no right to act against them. God is most high and great. (Haleem)
Nancy, insofar as your comment, "there seems to be only 1 reason to make this a religious issue when 100s of women are murdered by their spouse or boyfriend. and that is 'race bating'." [sic] When Islam becomes a race you may call me a racist or accuse me of race baiting, but since Islam is not and has never been a ‘race' you are showing how well the politically correct have changed our language and its meaning.
But I digress; let's get back to the story of Shaima Alawadi. The story that Shaima was a victim of a hate crime has gone worldwide. A report in the NY Times from March 25,
An Iraqi woman found beaten with a tire iron in her home and targeted with racist threats died Saturday.
Shaima Al Awadi was taken off life support three days after she was discovered unconscious in her living room in El Cajon by her 17-year-old daughter, according to KUSI 9 News.
The 32-year-old was struck several times in the head, Fatima Al Himidi said, and there was a "letter next to her head saying, 'Go back to your country, you terrorist.'"
"Targeted with racist threats" (there's that word again), looks to be a "hate crime" for sure.
As I explained in my article, the El Cajon, CA Chief of Police held a news conference on March 26, to assure the citizens of El Cahon that this was an isolated incident. Anyone listening would have realized that this was not a ‘hate crime' but rather another ‘honor killing' adding to the long list of those that occur both here and abroad on a regular basis.
Chief Redman stated,
"I wish I could reveal more, but I really can't because it would compromise the investigation, but I just want to assure the citizens of El Cajon that we believe, we strongly believe that this was an isolated incident."
Okay, color me skeptical, but if the Chief of Police was so adamant that this was "isolated" and given the other circumstances surrounding the beating of Shaima Alawadi I saw it for what it was.
But now after my article was written, more has trickled out from what the El Cajon police have attemptedto keep sealed. The first paragraph of a story in the Union Tribune San Diego,
Search warrant records obtained Wednesday in the beating death of an Iraqi-American woman show a family in turmoil and cast doubt on the likelihood that her slaying was a hate crime.
But the "turmoil" doesn't end there,
The sheriff's crime lab determined a threatening handwritten note found near the victim was a copy, not the original, the records state.
Wait a minute, so the note, this threatening, racist, hate crime note, wasn't even an "original"? So the perpetrator wrote the note, went to his local ‘Kinko's' made a copy and then went and beat Shaima? Yeah, that makes sense.
But that's not all, oh no, not by a long shot. Another story in the U-T San Diego,
Hours after Shaima Alawadi, the 32-year-old mother of five, was attacked in her Skyview Street home in El Cajon, investigators found blank divorce forms in her Ford Explorer. One form requesting a waiver of court fees was filled out with her handwritten name, address and phone number, according to a search warrant affidavit obtained this week.
Oh, so Shaima was going to divorce her husband, hold on, devout Muslim women can't divorce their husbands, only the husbands can divorce them. According to the Islamic website alsunna.org Prophetic teachings,
Knowing the rules of divorce is important for both spouses. Although only the husband can initiate divorce, the wife must be aware of its implications so that she can conduct her affairs in accordance with the religion should the divorce take place.
The number of women murdered in the name of "honor" because they even attempted to leave or divorce their husbands is not known, but the number is staggering enough that even Nancy would be shocked.
The police reports also show that they have yet to confirm where Shamia's husband was during the beating,
Alawadi's husband, Kassim Alhimidi, had reportedly left to take the couple's other younger children to school, although police state in the March 27 affidavit that his whereabouts had not yet been confirmed.
But of course the hate in this so-called hate crime disappears even more,
A search of Fatima's cellphone records shows that while she was being interviewed by investigators hours after the attack, a text was sent on Fatima's cellphone, "The detective will find out tell them can't talk," the affidavit states.
Okay, that's big. "The detective will find out tell them can't talk", how much does the 17-year-old daughter Fatima really know? Well, facts are emerging about her as well now,
In November, according to the affidavit, El Cajon police officers responded to a call about two people in a parked car, and found Fatima with a 21-year-old man. Ms. Alawadi picked Fatima up from the scene, but as they drove away, Fatima said, "I love you, Mom," opened the car door, and jumped out while the vehicle was moving about 35 miles per hour, the affidavit said.
At the hospital, where she was brought with minor injuries, Fatima refused to talk to the police. But the paramedics told them Fatima had said she jumped because she was being forced to marry her cousin against her will.
So it would appear that Shaima wanted to divorce her husband as well as force Fatima to marry her cousin, no motive there for those two.
But the best has yet to come, in an interview with al Arabiya News the family made some mistakes, like knowing far too much since supposedly no one witnessed the beating,
The murderer, Hussein recounted, saw Shaima in the dining room and attacked her with an iron rod or a spanner.
"He first hit her on her forehead then on her right ear. The third strike was on the back of her head. This was followed by five fast and consecutive strikes on her head and shoulders."
Shaima, Hussein said, lost consciousness, upon which the attacker left the house.
Knowing how many times she was struck is one thing, knowing the order of which blow landed where is something the Medical Examiner can't even determine.
So why after all these facts that scream louder than a suicide bomber yelling "Allahu Akbar" has the media continued to paint all Muslims as the victim? An article this past Friday was titled "New Clues in the Murder of Shaima Alawadi Highlight Tragic Prevalence of Domestic Violence and Racism In Muslim America".
The author, Mai El-Sadany, starts the article,
...a number of clues have surfaced that suggest that the killing may not necessarily have been a hate crime.
But then of course jumps right on the Jihad bandwagon of how it may be a hate crime in the next sentence,
While the daughter of Alawadi claimed to have found a handwritten note near her mother telling the family to go back to where they came from, forensic analysis is looking into the origin of the note.
Then Mai explains the reason for the article,
I find it important to explore both domestic violence and racism in and towards the Muslim community.
There is that word again, regardless; Mai attempts to make this a political issue,
While the numbers are helpful to some, they do not tell the full story and are likely to be underreported. Coupled with these officially-recorded incidents are anecdotes of children who have been bullied and called "ragheads," women who have been told to "go back to where you came from," calls to ban Sharia law in Oklahoma (side note: Who told you that we wanted to implement it there in the first place?) and Republican nominees who compete in the "Islam-bashing" game.
I guess it was those darn Republicans who beat Shaima, of course and they were probably all Tea Party members too.
The Facebook page "One Million Hijabs for Shaima Alawadi" started after her death had over 15,800 "likes" at the time of this writing, the page states,
Shaima lived with discrimination and xenophobia.
Was Shaima targeted because of her veil?
Was Shaima targeted because she was Muslim? Iraqi? An immigrant?
We are all Shaima Alawadi.
Then there are the "Hoodie and Hijab" rallies popping up at Universities all across the country. Just yesterday The Nation reported "Columbia Students Protest Stereotypes with "Hoodies and Hijabs" Vigil.
The very first sentence is beyond exaggeration,
A black boy shot because his attacker thought his hoodie made him look suspicious. An Iraqi woman brutally murdered by someone who left a note telling her to "go back to your country, terrorist."
Last I checked, the investigation into the Trayvon Martin case was still in the early stages and the Shaima Alawadi case has police looking at family members as suspects.
I have a great idea, maybe all these groups could have a "Hijab and Hoodie" day for all the abused, beaten and victims of "Honor Killings". Heck I'd put a Hijab on over my Hoodie for that.
FamilySecurityMatters.org Contributing Editor Gadi Adelman is a freelance writer and lecturer on the history of terrorism and counterterrorism. He grew up in Israel, studying terrorism and Islam for 35 years after surviving a terrorist bomb in Jerusalem in which 7 children were killed. Since returning to the U. S., Gadi teaches and lectures to law enforcement agencies as well as high schools and colleges. He can be heard every Thursday night at 8PM est. on his own radio show "America Akbar" on Blog Talk Radio. He can be reached through his website gadiadelman.com.