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Muslim ‘Bias Crime’ Or Shoplifters Revenge?

From the always eager to jump to conclusions Associated Press:

N.Y. Islamic center firebombed

January 3, 2012

NEW YORK (AP) — Police kept watch over a globally prominent Islamic cultural center that was firebombed as they investigated other possibly linked attacks that also could be bias crimes.

Although structural damage to the Imam Al-Khoei Foundation building was minimal, the incident Sunday has left the community emotionally shaken, said its assistant imam, Maan Al-Sahlani.

On Sunday evening, the entrance to the foundation in Queens was struck by two Molotov cocktails, the types of bombs usually made of glass bottles filled with flammable liquid and corked with rags.

A private house that is used as a Hindu house of worship also was hit. A videotape from a surveillance camera shows a car pulling up to the house Sunday night. Someone suddenly appears, lifts his right arm high and hurls a lit object that strikes the house and explodes into flames.

Besides the private house and the Islamic center, the other targets in the suspected arson attacks were a corner store and another house.

No one was injured in any of the incidents and no suspects have been arrested. Police have released a sketch of a suspect in the bombing of the Hindu worship site…

In releasing the security videotape of the bombed private home, police said they were looking for a man, 25 to 30 years old, about 5-foot-8 and weighing about 200 pounds. They said he fled the scene in a light-colored, four-door sedan with a sunroof. They were offering a $10,000 reward for information leading to an arrest and conviction…

Note the artful description. Even though the police sketch is clearly of a black man. (See above.)

Meanwhile, there is the breathless lead from the New York Times:

Four Attacks in Queens With Homemade Firebombs

Published: January 2, 2012

A Fire Department official on Monday said it was fortunate that the damage was minimal from a series of arson attacks across eastern Queens on Sunday night that the police were investigating as a possible bias crime against Muslims

But leave it to the muckraking New York Post to uncover some inconvenient details:

Man caught on tape firebombing Qns. Hindu temple, Islamic center

January 3, 2012

The fire fiend wanted for a series of terrifying Molotov-cocktail attacks on New Year’s Day had earlier threatened workers at a Queens bodega that was among his targets, The Post has learned.

“You’re gonna get it!” he shouted to workers at the 179th Street Deli in Hillside after he was caught trying to steal milk and a bottle of Starbucks Frappucino on Tuesday.

All the bombs were made with Frappucino bottles

For the record, Starbuck Frappucino bottles are 9.5 fluid ounces. That isn’t really a lot of gasoline.

Officials also released a sketch of the suspect, a black man 25 to 30 years old, about 5-foot-8 and weighing 200 pounds. He wore a black jacket and a baseball cap…

Then how can it be a bias crime?

At the 179th Street deli, cashier Ahmed Abdulla said that the shoplifting incident wasn’t reported to police but that the man returned to make good on his threat Sunday evening.

“He came . . . and got a bottle of gas and threw it through the kitchen,” said Abdulla.

After that, he struck the Jamaica home and then the Imam Al-Khoei Islamic Center on Van Wyck Expressway — where he tossed two firebombs

The bottle bombs aimed at the Elmont home and the Hindu temple did not break. Cops recovered them intact, filled with a flammable liquid, possibly gasoline, with wicks made of toilet paper.

So it would seem that rather than this being a bias crime, it was a protest against being stopped from shoplifting.

But we are sure to see the corrections from the AP and the New York Times.

This article was posted by Steve on Tuesday, January 3rd, 2012. Comments are currently closed.

4 Responses to “Muslim ‘Bias Crime’ Or Shoplifters Revenge?”

  1. Mithrandir says:

    Muslims are at the center of a terrorist attack!!??

    Calm down, relax your breathing people, or your rage will make you hyperventilate! Remember, in these trying and terrible times, we must adhere to some basic rules:

    1. When you lock arm-and-arm in your newly developed neighborhood watch group, 20 hours MAXIMUM of patrols, then you must rest for sure.

    2. Drink plenty of water, add electrolytes and salt.

    3. On your rotating off days, try to write your state and federal representatives as often as possible. Contact your local newspapers, and keep on them!

    4. ATTACK WATCH! –it’s your duty to report any opinions you see or hear, that you don’t agree with, to this valuable site! This is no time to let the 1st Amendment run wild!

    5. See something, say something. Report anything and everything to the Dept. of Homeland Security. Heck, see anything, say anything, and if that fails, invent something, report something.

    6. Keep a high level of hysteria, mixed with the proper level of paranoia.

    7. Keep your ear to the ground and your eye in the keyhole of those Tea Party people. You just know they had something to do with all this. If they admit something, you got ’em, if they deny something, they are lying.

    8. Some law has to be passed. Whenever there is a crisis, nothing is more important than to suspend or eliminate some “right” those Constitution-fetish-types like to yammer-on about. Security now, freedom later.

    9. SLOGANS: your team needs a slogan to loudly repeat while you are shouting down, and drowning out those intolerant bigots from the right-wing.

    10. And finally, support the politician that rises from the muck, that has the most outrageous and hair-brained ideas you have ever heard. You don’t want to look unpatriotic, so just bob your head as if you were at a rock concert, no matter what is said.

  2. untrainable says:

    What’s a “bias” crime? I must have missed a memo. We all know that only white people can hate enough to justify a whole new class of crime and punishment.(Hate Crimes) So I suppose a “bias’ crime is like a “Hate Crime”, but without all the evil white hate and probably a lighter sentence.

    • Mithrandir says:

      Now you’re getting it. WHITE CODES

      White people can’t own guns, but blacks that don’t obey the law anyway are not tracked or punished.

      1 white person = 1 vote but (wink-wink) blacks can vote as many times as they need.

      Whites need a good S.A.T. score to get in, blacks need only apply, as their are racial quotas to fulfill.

      Whites need to pay for college, blacks have their loans forgiven.

      Whites need to compete for jobs, blacks need only be shaken out of their hammock to win the job.

      Whites need to do well on promotion tests. Blacks need not take the test at all, or fail it, as in the fire-fighter case “wise latina” Supreme Court “Justice” Sotomayor decided on before her appointment.

      Whites need to be diverse. Look at any black owned ANYTHING or historically black colleges, you won’t find the word “diversity” listed anywhere, and not a single pale face in any photo. — Not so with Michigan State, Stanford, UCLA….

      Whites are racist because they have power. Obama is president, blacks are still not racist.

      Whites commit hate crimes, blacks “allegedly” commit crimes, but we won’t rush to judgement until ALL the facts are heard, and a fair diverse jury has been selected and there was no bias by the judge, police, prosecutor, or anyone at all. And then the alleged crime was because of 400 years of oppression, you would be angry and commit crimes too!

  3. The Redneck says:

    The reason they don’t mention his race is that as a black man this guy is more likely to be a muslim himself, and spotlighting muslim-on-muslim crime will espose something that the AP would rather people not realize–if you are a muslim, you have far more to fear from your fellow muslims than from any Christians or Jews in the world.

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