Sunday, March 25, 2012

Go back to your country, terrorist

Shaima Alawadi, an Iraqi woman living in Southern California who was found severely beaten next to a threatening note saying "go back to your country," died on Saturday.

Hanif Mohebi, the director of the San Diego chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations, said he met with Shaima Alawadi's family members in the morning and was told that she was taken off life support around 3 p.m.

"The family is in shock at the moment. They're still trying to deal with what happened," Mohebi said.

Alawadi, a 32-year-old mother of five, had been hospitalized since her 17-year-old daughter found her unconscious Wednesday in the family's house in El Cajon, police Lt. Steve Shakowski said.

The daughter, Fatima Al Himidi, told KUSI-TV her mother had been beaten on the head repeatedly with a tire iron, and that the note said "go back to your country, you terrorist."



   Lee C.  ―  U.S.A.    said...

This is a somewhat curious case.  One would not typically think a hate crime would occur against an immigrant inside her own home.
Furthermore, the family claims that another, quite similar threatening note had been found earlier but that the family had dismissed it as a ‘child's prank’ and did not report it to police.  (I presume they meant a teenager type, as children seldom indulge in such.)  One doesn't often see random hate crimes preceded by this kind of target selection either.   
Accordingly ,the police department appears to be considering the possibility that the note was diversion.

      “A hate crime is one of the possibilities, and we will
      be looking at that,’
[Police] Lt. Mark Coit said. ‘We
      don’t want to focus on only one issue and miss
      something else.’

      Americans against Islamophobia

I can only hope they catch whoever did this.

Bridget said...

I wonder, Zeyad, what your personal experience has been, as you have been living in the States for quite a few years now. Have you been threatened, felt threatened, been discriminated against, made to feel unwelcome? Your experiences as an Iraqi living in the U S would be very interesting.

Marcus said...

I bet the police solves this case. It must have been done by someone close by. If it was, as it seems, a hate crime then I'd bet the culprit lives or possibly works within easy walking distance.

Lynnette In Minnesota said...

I have the same kind of reservations that Lee has in this case. I also hope whoever did this is caught and prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.


I too would like to hear Zeyad's thoughts on various topics. However, he seems to be rather reticent lately.

Petes said...

I don't particularly share those reservations. Sure, somebody could be staging a diversion, to suggest a hate crime when the motivation was something else entirely. But, then, they obviously thought that such a tactic would be believable ... so even if they weren't motivated by sectarian or ethnic hatred, they considered it "normal" (in the sense of generally believable) that somebody might be. Either way, it is worrying. That's not to say it's surprising, as such xenophobic crimes are all too depressingly common. Here there is a case wending its way through sentencing just now, concerning a young hardworking Polish immigrant kicked to death "for fun".

   Lee C.  ―  U.S.A.    said...

      "But, then, they obviously thought that such a
      tactic would be believable ... so even if they weren't
      motivated by sectarian or ethnic hatred, they
      considered it ‘normal’ (in the sense of generally
      believable) that somebody might be.

The choice of weapon would seem to suggest an impulsive act, and a resort to a weapon near at hand; something with rather less planning that you are suggesting.

   Lee C.  ―  U.S.A.    said...

…rather less planning than you are suggesting.

   Lee C.  ―  U.S.A.    said...

The FBI is ‘assisting’ in the investigation.  Associated Press  It's not yet clear whether or not they have jurisdiction, but they're on it already.

Um Ayad said...

Hope the person who killed Shaima Alawadi will be caught.

San Diego murder victim Shaima Alawadi to return to Iraq

An Iraqi-American woman who was beaten to death at her home in San Diego is to be flown to Iraq for burial, a Muslim leader who knows the family has said.

Imam Husham al-Husainy told the Detroit Free-Press that the Iraqi government was paying to repatriate her.

   Lee C.  ―  U.S.A.    said...

Of topic; re fossil fuels:

Whilst most American news media has it's attention focused on the Supreme Court's ObamaCare case, blindered to almost anything else, the EPA has effectively outlawed new coal-fired power plants in the United States for the foreseeable future..

Bruno said...

Why am I not surprised?

Bruno said...

"Becca Wasser, a researcher at the International Strategic Studies Institute, has tracked violence in Iraq for the past year. What she's found is a surge in deadly attacks. She writes there were at least 204 bombings in the country from Dec. 19 to March 18 this year, a 70 percent increase over the same period last year, when there were 120. In January, there were 81 bombings, up from 45 in January 2011.

"We’re not arguing the US military should have stayed in Iraq – far from it," Wasser writes. "What the figures do show, along with the information on bombing targets, is that insurgent groups in Iraq are adapting to the new status quo, and that the security and political situation in Iraq remains tenuous.""

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Lynnette In Minnesota said...


Yes, hate crimes do occur here. And that may end up being what happened here, but usually I think of them as being more crimes of opportunity. She was killed in her home, which strikes me as rather odd for a hate crime. They hadn't been there that long, so how many people had they had a chance to interact with? When and how did they receive the first note? I would check out the neighborhood and any place they might have been, as well as the family itself.

There is a case here that happened in Florida, the killing of Trayvon Martin. A young black man wearing a hoodie was out at night supposedly getting pop and candy and ran across a private watchman who shot him. The watchman wasn't wearing a uniform and was Hispanic. There have been all sorts of demonstrations acccusing the watchman of committing a hate crime. There had been breakins in that neighborhood before and the watchman said he thought Trayvon was acting suspiciously and followed him. He says Trayvon attacked him first. If it happened as he says, is it a hate crime...or an action born of fear? The watchman apparently had a history of calling police about what he thought was suspicious activity. So...paranoia?

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