The ‘clash of civilizations’ and the death of an Iraqi mother in San Diego

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The Los Angeles Times reports:

Reporting from San Diego— El Cajon police are asking for the public’s help in its investigation into the fatal beating of an Iraqi immigrant and have not ruled out the possibility that Shaima Alawadi was the victim of a hate crime.

“We’re investigating all aspects of this crime,” Lt. Mark Coit said Sunday. “The minute you rule out a possible motive, you start to get tunnel vision. As of now, we have not ruled out any of the motives for why people kill people.”

Near the body of the 32-year-old Alawadi, police found what has been described as a threatening note. Police have declined to release the text, but relatives and friends say the handwritten note warned Alawadi to “go back to your own country” and labeled her a terrorist.

The family told police they had received a similarly threatening note several days earlier but considered it a prank by teenagers.

Alawadi was found unconscious Wednesday morning in the dining room of the family’s home by her 17-year-old daughter. She was taken to a hospital, where she was diagnosed as brain-dead. Her family decided on Saturday to discontinue life support.

Police said that whatever the motive, the attack appears to be “an isolated event,” not part of an overall pattern of violence toward immigrants.

Justin Raimondo offers some more details and context at

On Wednesday, in the quiet San Diego suburb of El Cajon, California, the teenage daughter of Shaima Alawadi returned home to find her mother drowning in a pool of blood. There were signs of forced entry at the back of the house. Someone had broken in and beaten her mother nearly to death with a tire iron.

Next to her body was a note: “Go back to your own country, you terrorist.”

A similar note had been found tacked to the family’s door a few weeks earlier, but Shaima had dismissed it as a kid’s prank.

This kind of hate is nothing new for San Diego. In 2010, a plan to build a mosque in nearby Temecula resulted in a series of protest  demonstrations by local nut-jobs. A woman in a hijab was hauled off a Southwest Airlines flight in at San Diego airport in 2011 by TSA agents, and told the captain didn’t “feel comfortable” with her on the flight: this was around the same time braying demagogue Peter King (R-New York) was holding hearings on the “Muslim fifth column in America.” Last year, a similar“go back to where you came from” message was delivered by someone who repeatedly punched a Muslim cab driver, who had been observed praying. See herehere, and here for more evidence of the climate of hate darkening the otherwise sunny skies of this California redoubt of bigotry and military families.

If you want some idea of what’s going on in Southern California, these days, take a look at this video of a demonstration in Yorba Linda, where an inter-religious charity event for the homeless was surrounded by hundreds of screeching banshees, screaming their hatred of Muslims. And lest you think this is just a fringe phenomenon, note that no less than three elected officials addressed this hate-fest: congressmen Ed Royce and Gary Miller, and Villa Park councilwoman Debra Pauly – all three of them Republicans, naturally.

As children and women in hijabs walk with quiet dignity into the charity venue, the crowd unleashes its fury of hate: “Go home, go home, go home!” they yell. Is it a coincidence that this is the very same message in the note from Shaima’s killer?

(h/t Dan Crowther)

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  1. DICKERSON3870
    March 26, 2012, 1:30 pm

    RE: “El Cajon police are asking for the public’s help in its investigation into the fatal beating of an Iraqi immigrant and have not ruled out the possibility that Shaima Alawadi was the victim of a hate crime.” ~ L.A. Times

    MY COMMENT: There is nothing to suggest the involvement of the Jewish Defense League or the Jewish Defense Organization in Alawadi’s death, but I can’t help but be reminded of the murder of Alex Odah in Santa Ana, CA about 25 years ago. Alawadi was involved with the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) and Odeh was involved with the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee (ADC).


    [excerpts] Alex Odeh (April 4, 1944 – October 11, 1985) was an Arab-American anti-discrimination activist who was killed in a bombing as he opened the door of his office at 1905 East 17th Street, Santa Ana, California. Odeh was west-coast regional director of the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee (ADC).
    Born into a Palestinian Christian family in Jifna, the West Bank, Odeh immigrated to the US in 1972.[1] He was a lecturer and poet who recently had published a volume of his poetry, Whispers in Exile.[2]…
    …Irv Rubin, who had become chairman of the Jewish Defense League (JDL) the same year, immediately made several public statements in reaction to the incident. “I have no tears for Mr. Odeh,” Rubin said. “He got exactly what he deserved.”[7] …
    …Four weeks after Odeh’s death, FBI spokesperson Lane Bonner stated the FBI attributed the bombing and two others to the JDL…
    …Immediately after the 1985 assassination the FBI identified three suspects, all of them believed to be affiliated with the JDL, who fled to Israel. In 1987 it was revealed that Israel was hindering the FBI investigation. Floyd Clarke, then assistant director of the FBI, claimed in an internal memo that key suspects had fled to Israel and were living in the West Bank town of Kiryat Arba…

    …In 2007, the FBI revealed they had received information from a deceased informant, believed to be former Jewish Defense League member Earl Krugel who had been sentenced to 20 years in federal prison for 2001 plots to bomb a Southern California mosque and office of an Arab American congressman. It is believed that Irv Rubin, who died in prison while awaiting trial on the same charges, revealed to Krugel the names of those responsible for Odeh’s death and Krugel shared those with the FBI before he, too, died in prison. The bombers are believed to be Manning and two individuals now living in Israel.[14]…

    SOURCE –

    • Dan Crowther
      March 26, 2012, 1:54 pm

      “claimed in an internal memo that key suspects had fled to Israel and were living in the West Bank town of Kiryat Arba…”

      Kiryat Arba is of course the original jewish settlement in Al-Khalil (hebron), loaded up with Kahanists: Baruch Marzel and Itamar Ben Gvir leading the charge, as it were…..Nice pull Dickerson

      • Pixel
        March 26, 2012, 2:09 pm

        second the nice pull

    • DICKERSON3870
      March 26, 2012, 3:22 pm

      RE: “Alawadi was involved with the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR)” ~ me, above

      CLARIFICATION/CORRECTION: I thought I had read an article indicating that Alawadi had done some volunteer work for the Council on American-Islamic Relations, but in trying to confirm this using Google, I have been unable to find anything establishing that Alawadi was in fact “involved with the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR)”. It is possible that I simply “misremembered” (to borrow a term from the über-eloquent George W. Bush).

  2. RudyM
    March 26, 2012, 2:44 pm

    Typo: it should be “Justin Raimondo.”

  3. Keith
    March 26, 2012, 8:05 pm

    Folks, it has got to be said. There is a strong Jewish/Zionist presence in the organized anti-Muslim/clash of civilizations outpourings. Check out Justin Raimondo’s link to the anti-Muslim demonstration at Yorba Linda, promoted by Rabbi David Eliezrie of Chabad-Yora Linda, Pamella Geller, the Tea Party and Republican “conservatives.” Listen to the remarks of Villa Park Councilwoman Debra Pauly. Check out this link of “Conservative political commentator, radio talk show host, columnist, and attorney” and anti-terrorism “expert” Debbie Schlussel defending Pauly from the “bullying” Muslims who would silence her. Be sure to check out her bio, this “attorney and a frequent New York Post and Jerusalem Post columnist,” who “went undercover, dressed as a religious Muslim woman, to the Islamic Center of America, North America’s largest mosque, and reported, in The Detroit News on its support for terrorism, and anti-American, anti-Semitic hate.”

    “A frequent speaker at conservative, pro-Israel, and Jewish conferences, gatherings, college campuses, and events around the U.S. Schlussel was a featured speaker at the 2004 National Board Meeting of JINSA (Jewish Institute for National Security Affairs), 2004 National Conference of the Zionist Organization of America (ZOA), 2001 and 2002 NRA Annual Meetings, 2002 Alpha Epsilon Pi (AEPi) Fraternity National Convention, and 2000 Toward Tradition Conference.”

    The point of all of this is that with this much organized Jewish anti-Muslim activity, and anti-Muslim hatred in the US, I have little patience with those who continually search out examples of anti-Semitism which pale in comparison with what is going on here.

  4. American
    March 27, 2012, 6:43 pm

    Who would do this? Do the neo white supremist nazis concentrate on Muslims as they do blacks and Jews? We know some Jewish/Zionist Israeli supremacist do incite against Muslims specifically. But it could also be any lone nutcase taking messages thru his tin foil hat like the one that shot Giffords. Or it could be a PTSD ex military member like the one that killed the 16 Afghans.
    The hate -o- meter in this country is going up alarmingly.

    • American
      March 27, 2012, 7:00 pm

      The question is though, why this woman? what were her contacts, how did she attract the attention of the killer? Targeting a Muslim on the street for being Muslim would have been less risky than breaking into to her house to kill her.

  5. Without Walls
    March 27, 2012, 7:25 pm

    Stark contrasts exist between the killings in Toulouse, and the killings of a young Black man in Florida and an Iraqi Muslim in California.

    The Jewish children in France were killed in outraged retaliation for the killings of Palestinian children.
    Please don’t construe this as a justification; it is not; it is a differentiation of of the motivations.

    The Jewish children were killed because they were Jewish and because Jewish people had killed Palestinian children.

    Trayvon was killed because his was Black.
    The Iraqi woman was tire-ironed to death because she was from Iraq, and Muslim.
    No other form of grievance against either Trayvon or the Iraqi woman were noted; they were killed for who they are, not what they did.
    Pure racism.

    This may not be articulated as deftly as some would demand; it’s the best I can do. I think there’s a huge difference between the French killings and the two American killings. The French killings were not racist, the American killings were.

    • American
      March 28, 2012, 10:11 am

      I can separate out, but not condone, revenge killing, which in the killer’s madness is some kind of tit for tat , but hate and racism are the same thing to me.

  6. MHughes976
    March 28, 2012, 1:00 pm

    None of the three murders was revenge in the sense of personal payback but they all (from the reports) involve the slightly wider idea of scores to settle with members of a certain race or grievances to address. They don’t seem to me to differ very much in that respect, though as American says one of them may have a personal element. All the perpetrators could expect some support and approval from subsets of their societies. Mohammed Merah sought the maximum worldwide publicity, making him more like Breivik than like the two Americans. I don’t think there are that many different degrees of racism on display.

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