Muslim Hate Crime Myths

( Michelle Malkin - Last July, someone set ablaze a motel in Heber City, Utah, co-owned by Mazhar Tabesh, a naturalized American originally from Pakistan, causing nearly $100,000 in damage. "Immigrant Family Feels Post-9-11 Rage," blared a Los Angeles Times headline. Yet the chief suspect turned out to be Tabesh himself, who will stand trial in June on first-degree felony aggravated arson charges. On Sept. 21, 2001, someone destroyed equipment and spray-painted "We hate Arabs" inside a print shop in Anchorage, Alaska, owned by Nezar Maad, an Arab-American businessman and "tolerance advocate." Five months later a jury convicted him of federal fraud charges. In Nashville, Tenn., Iraqi-American Aqil Yassom Al-Timimi claimed someone set his Chevy truck on fire after the Sept. 11 attacks because he was of Arab descent. Nashville Scene reporter Matt Pulle raised the strong possibility of an insurance fraud scheme and sources said they suspected Al-Timimi was the perpetrator all along.

2003-06-03 00:00:00

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