Muslims can be mentally ill, criminal, or perverted too! - Updated 6/18/13

Muslims can be mentally ill, criminal, or perverted too!

by Sheila Musaji

updates at bottom of article

Nuha Mohammed Al-Doaifi, a Saudi national was arrested for spitting on other customers at a Walmart store in Florida.  According to Floriday Today:  ‘Americans are pushing us around,’ Al-Doaifi allegedly told officers before they arrested her.  She also had previously spat at one of her Florida Tech professors, according to police.  She faces hate crime charges in addition to battery charges because her actions were directed at random strangers because of their ethnicity.  According to that article authorities have initiated procedures to have her sent back to Saudi Arabia.  And, the hate crime charge would make this crime a felony.

This is obviously a woman who is either crazy or just plain mean-spirited.  She commited a disgusting act of unwarranted aggression towards other people.  She obviously needs some sort of professional help if what has been alleged is true.  And, certainly such actions need to be dealt with by law enforcement and mental health professionals.  If she is not a citizen, then sending her back to her country of origin makes perfect sense.

However, the reaction of the Islamophobic hate machine is attempting to turn this into an entirely different story.  Robert Spencer headed his story about this incident Spit jihad in Florida: Muslim woman faces hate crime charges for repeatedly spitting at Wal-Mart customer.  Echoing the Islamic supremacist victimhood narrative, she said, “Americans are pushing us around.”  His partner, Pamela Geller’s lead in to the story is Spit Jihad.  Islamic supremism run amok with the requisite Muslim victimhood narrative, of course. Obama say, “Respect it!”

The fact that the woman is described as a Saudi national means that she probably is a Muslim.  However, contrary to the bigoted assumptions of people like Spencer and Geller — every crime commited by a person who happens to be a Muslim is not a “Muslim” crime.  Muslims like every other religious, national, or ethnic group have within their ranks individuals who are just plain crazy, or criminal, or socially deviant, or any other human possibility.  To attempt to link any criminal or anti-social action on the part of any individual who happens to be a Muslim to the religion of Islam is very simply Islamophobia.

What this woman did is reprehensible, and she should suffer whatever consequences the law provides.  However, a look at any local police blotter will show anyone that such actions are sadly, not all that unusual.  Talk to anyone who works with the public in stores or restaurants and ask them how many times the police have to be called because of an unruly or even aggressive customer.  Just last month there were a number of very similar crimes, all committed by non-Muslims, e.g.  a woman in Portland spit on a bus driver, a woman in Bangor spit on a policeman, two women in Texas spit at a policeman, and a man in Pasco spit on a Deputy Sheriff.  Does the religion of these perpetrators mean anything at all? 

This woman physically spit on other human beings, which is disgusting.  Spencer and Geller verbally spit on other human beings, which is also disgusting.

The consequences of their constant stream of such Islamophobia are obvious from the comments at the bottom of Spencer and Geller’s posts.  Under Gellers post someone named Barry said “If you want to see the face of Satan, look in the eyes of an American Muslim child. Its eerie how wicked they all look - you get a chill up your spine just looking at these devils.”  Someone named Kevin said “I wish all the stinking Muslim pigs would leave this country.”

You get the picture.  They are certainly getting through to their base with their message.  The comment about American Muslim children is particularly chilling.  They ALL look wicked and Satanic and like devils?  What sort of human beings are looking at our children with such thoughts, and how might they act on such hateful and vicious prejudices?  This is a dangerous individual who doesn’t even feel shame for expressing such a view.  And, obviously Geller feels no shame for allowing such a comment to remain on her site.

UPDATE 6/1/2011

Once again, Spencer and Geller and their cohorts see every action by a criminal or insane person who happens to be a Muslim as something much more sinister.  The recent sad case of the murder of Katya Koren, a Ukranian beauty queen is slanted by them in the most lurid manner possible.  Loonwatch lays out the actual details of this story that are so far known.  It seems that a mentally disturbed classmate who was obsessed with this girl attacked and killed her.  A tragic story, but religion has nothing to do with it.  See also Conflicting Reports Over Death Of Katya Koren

This refusal to see the possibility that Muslims are human beings who can also be crazy or criminal human beings whose actions are provoked by something other than their religion is despicable. 

UPDATE 6/13/2011

A group of men who happen to be Muslim were arrested in England on charges of child sexual pornography and abuse.

Pamela Geller referred to this story on her site and introduced it with this statement:

“This is part of a pattern and is epidemic in the UK. Muslim men are enslaving and trafficking in non-Muslim underage girls. Islam’s war on women. It’s about the control of women, the trafficking of women, the subjugation of women. Women are the booty. Their diminishment and dehumanization is the critical strategy of this grotesque ideology that demands/commands global domination. The honor killings, the forced marriage, the child marriage, the clitorectomies…...... it’s all manifesting itself in the West.

These men are the dregs of society, the lowest of the low, but their religion has nothing to do with their behavior.  These men are not part of “Islam’s war on women”, and their behavior is not part of any strategy to somehow achieve global domination.  All decent human beings of any or no religious faith are disgusted by such behavior, and would like to be able to put an end to it forever.

All sorts of criminal activity appears to be something that WE as human beings have to deal with in our families, societies, nations, etc.  Such despicable behavior is found everywhere, and in about the same proportions of the population.  They don’t commit such despicable acts because of any religion, but in spite of their religion.

And, anyone who has to be reminded of this fact needs to remember that it only takes a few minutes of research to turn up incidents like the following:

A Rabbi in Boca Raton was arrested on child porn charges. **  A Brooklyn Rabbi was arrested for child sexual assault ** as was a Rabbi in Albany. **  The reality show “To catch a predator” turned up a rabbi and more than one Jewish man. **  A site dedicated to exposing child sexual predators includes Rabbi’s **  In New York, 85 Orthodox Jews were arrested for child sexual abuse of 117 victims.  And, the Catholic Church sex abuse scandals would provide many examples. 

The problem of child sexual abuse by Catholic Priests has become a well-known scandal in the U.S. and Europe.  There was even a Dutch priest who is in trouble because he served on the board of “Martijn,” a group that campaigns to end the Dutch ban on adult-child sex. **

A Protestant youth pastor was arrested in Florida ** as was a pastor in Las Vegas ** and East St. Louis **.

An Orthodox Jewish man was arrested for alleged indecent assault on child in Stamford Hill. Martin Hyman, a Toronto Haredi Man was arrested for sexually assaulting a minor girl.  In Brooklyn, NY 83 men and two women from an Orthodox Jewish community were arrested for child sexual abuse.

What does Pamela Geller have to say about these criminals?  NOTHING! She shows selective concern only with the sins of members of the Muslim community, and that selective concern applies in almost every category.  Articles with sensational titles about “Muslim” crimes ignore reality.  There is no category of crime, or human failing that cannot be found in all communities.  Human beings are flawed, and those who so carelessly damn an entire religion with the crimes of individuals are ignoring reality.  And, purposefully attempting to instigate a religious war.  Why?  Who benefits?

UPDATE 10//2012

There have been many stories in the year since this has been updated that attempted to demonize the religion of Islam for the actions of individual Muslims.  This habit of trolling the news for any instance of someone with a Muslim name being arrested for any sort of a crime anywhere, and then publishing articles with inflammatory titles like - devout Muslim arrested - Muslim cleric “misunderstands” Islam - Muslim savage beats wife - Islamic supremacist mistreats woman - Muslim parasite on welfare, etc. etc. etc. is becoming pervasive in the Islamophobic echo chamber.

Here are just a few examples of other such claims the Islamophobes label as “Muslim” being replicated elsewhere:

Find a Muslim somewhere who has justified their criminal actions by falsely claiming that it is Islamic, and you can find someone from another religious community doing the same, e.g. Yigal Amir who assassinated Yitzhak Rabin and proclaimed after his arrest that this was justified, even commanded, by the rulings of Din Mosser and Din Rodef, as described in the Jewish religious law. 

Find a Muslim or some group of Muslims who have celebrated some despicable act, and you can find those from another religious community who have done the same, e.g. those who consider Baruch Goldstein who massacred 30 Muslims during Friday prayers at a mosque, a “saint and righteous and holy man”.  Goldstein’s tombstone reads Here lies the saint, Dr. Baruch Kappel Goldstein, blessed be the memory of the righteous and holy man, may the Lord avenge his blood, who devoted his soul to the Jews, Jewish religion and Jewish land. His hands are innocent and his heart is pure. He was killed as a martyr of God on the 14th of Adar, Purim, in the year 5754 (1994). After his death there are annual graveside parties to celebrate Goldstein, and after the King David Hotel bombing Jewish extremists celebrated.

Find an example of some Muslim community pressuring people not to report abuse, and you can find such pressure in other communities, e.g. the NY Post reported that some victims were pressured by the Orthodox community not to bring their cases with the secular authorities.  “Agudath Israel of America, a prominent body of Torah sages, requires anyone alleging sex abuse by a fellow observant Jew to first report to its rabbis, who decide whether the case should go to secular authorities.”  The Forward reported that the community pressure is so great that the prosecutors of the 85 men charged with pedophilia did not want to release the names of the accused, “the Brooklyn district attorney’s office stated that Orthodox Jews deserve a blanket exemption from the usual public disclosure rules.”

Find an example of a Muslim who kills his wife or child in an act of domestic violence, and you can find equally repulsive examples in other communities, e.g. Rabbi Nachman Inshin, a devout Jewish Haredi man in Israel was arrested for murdering his infant daughter Fruma because his wife refused to sleep with him.  He first recited a verse from the Book of Psalms, and then killed the baby by slamming her head against the floor several times.  He said “she is in my hands, slaughtered like a chicken”.  Find an example of the specific form of domestic violence labeled “honor killing” and you can find numerous examples from other communities. 

Find examples of extremist Muslims attempting to enforce their restrictive views of Sharia on others, and you will find examples in other communities.  For example, Jewish groups have engaged in activities that attempt to enforce their view of the requirements of halakha on other Jews and even on non-Jews. - Modesty patrols of ultra-orthodox Jews beat a woman for “consorting with men”  - They hurled stones at women for such “sins” as wearing a red blouse, and attacked stores selling devices that can access the Internet. - two ultra-Orthodox Jewish newspapers altered a photo of Israel’s new cabinet, removing two female ministers. - Three gay people were stabbed by ultra-Orthodox Jew at Jerusalem gay parade - Spitting attacks by Orthodox Jews on Christian clergy becoming a daily occurrence in Jerusalem - In Hadera, Israel, a rabbi and 3 of his students were arrested for vandalizing a school to keep it from opening, and for physically blocking female students from entering the building.

Find Muslims not respecting places of worship or destroying them, and you can find examples from other religious communities.  For example, Jews have destroyed or vandalized (or carried out attacks on) churches and mosques and religious sites in Israel and Palestine (e.g. Arson which destroyed a West Jerusalem Baptist Church - Muslim Cemetery in Israel Vandalized by Jewish Extremists - Settlers attack West Bank mosque and burn holy Muslim books - Attempt to storm the al Aqsa mosque Offensive, anti-Christian graffiti was sprayed in Hebrew on the wall of the Church of the Dormition.  Vandals also defiled the Holy Trinity Cathedral of the Russian Ecclesiastical Mission in Jerusalem writing “Death” and “Death to Christians” on its walls. - ‘Price tag’ vandals consistently escape prosecution.  Among the most notable cases are the mosque arson in Beit Fajr, the raid on the Binyamin Spatial Brigade and mosque arsons in the villages of Qusra and Burqa, in Neve Shalom, Kafr Jaba and Jelazon. No indictments or arrests were made. In fact, only a small number of indictments have been filed in relation to “price tag” incidents in the past few years, in sharp contrast to the growing scope of the phenomenon itself.  - Eliran Golan, planted several homemade bombs in Haifa, targeting local Arab citizens. One of the bombs, planted in a mosque in the predominantly Arab Halisa neighborhood in Haifa, killed an Arab worshipper.  Baruch Goldstein an American Israeli doctor opened fire at a mosque in Hebron during Friday prayers and killed 30 Palestinians. - Alan Goodman, a U.S. citizen, attacked Palestinians at al-Aqsa Mosque on the Temple Mount, killed a Palestinian Waqf guard and injured several Israeli policemen. Goodman, went into Al Aqsa with an M-16 rifle and opened fire on worshippers. In November 1997, the Israeli government released Goodman. Unrepentant, Goodman boasts, “I fulfilled my mission.”

Find an example of some Muslims somewhere engaging in cultural practices like child marriage, and you can find examples of members of other religions following the same practices.  For example, Jewish community child marriages including a 1995 case in Monsey, NY **, a 2011 case in Israel **, and in 2003 of 20 underage couples in Israel **  A Jewish site called “Ask Moses” says that In ancient (and not so ancient) times, marriage was often-times celebrated at a rather young age. Although we do not follow this dictum, technically speaking, a girl may be betrothed the moment she is born, and married at the age of three.2 A boy may betroth and marry at the age of thirteen.3 2. Shulchan Aruch, Even HaEzer 37:1.  3. Shulchan Aruch, Even HaEzer 43:1.

Find an example of an American Muslim terrorist, and for every one, there are many more non-Muslim terrorists.

Find an example of any sort of despicable crime committed by a Muslim and you can find the same sort of crimes committed by non-Muslims.  Rabbi Gavriel Bidany arrested for groping a female passenger on a flight from Tel Avid to New York.  - Levy Aron, an Orthodox Jew was arrested in New York for murdering and dismembering a child.  -  - Rabbi Bryan Bramley arrested outside Temple Beth Shalom Synagogue in Gilbert, Arizona for raping a 7 year-old girl.

Find an example of an interpretation by some Muslim scholar that penalizes Muslim women in some way, and you can find examples from other religious communities. For example, under Jewish law, only a husband can grant a get [Jewish divorce]. A wife has no such right. ** & **

The list could go on and on.  It would be a waste of time to list the hundreds and perhaps thousands of such cases here.  The bottom line is that there are disgusting perverts, bigots, criminals, and just plain crazy people of every religious persuasion (and no religious persuasion), and they deserve to be punished by law enforcement.

What is different about all such cases of non-Muslims committing such crimes is that the headlines will not include the religion of the perpetrator, and Islamophobes will take no notice of such crimes at all.

This sort of selective reporting of Muslim crimes is The big lie about Muslim exceptionalismMuslims are no more violent than any other religious group.  The Qur’an is no more violent than the Bible.

Pamela Geller claims that Jews and Christians are simply not murdering people and justifying the murders by quoting their Scriptures.     Never do we see Jews slaughtering in the name of HaShem or Christians in the name of Jesus Christ.

Here are just a few examples that prove that these statements are propaganda and lies:

— In Uganda,  American Evangelical Christians have pressed for the death penalty for homosexuality on the basis of Leviticus 20:13.  **  This law was endorsed by Tony Perkins, the head of the Family Research Council, which is a Christian lobbying group in the U.S. **
— In Uganda, The Lord’s Resistance Army, is a Christian terrorist guerrilla army engaged in an armed rebellion against the Ugandan government.  It forces children to be child soldiers and has carried out crimes against humanity; including massacres, abductions, mutilation, torture, rape, and forced child labor as soldiers, porters, and sex slaves.  A quasi-religious movement that mixes some aspects of Christian beliefs with its own brand of spiritualism, it is led by Joseph Kony, who proclaims himself the spokesperson of God and a spirit medium, primarily of the “Holy Spirit” which the Acholi believe can represent itself in many manifestations.  LRA fighters wear rosary beads and recite passages from the Bible before battle**  The NYT reports that “...  Mr. Kony’s fighters wear rosary beads and recite passages from the Bible before battle.  Kony says he is fighting to impose the Ten Commandments on Uganda.”
— The terrorist group, the National Socialist Council of Nagaland (NSCN) in India has the motto ‘Nagaland for Christ’**
— The terrorist group, the National Liberation Front of Tripura is an explicitly Christian terrorist group in India, forcibly converting people.  They want to expand what they describe as the kingdom of God and Christ in Tripura **   The BBC has reported that the Baptist Church of Tripura is supporting them financially and ... The NLFT is accused of forcing Tripura’s indigenous tribes to become Christians and give up Hindu forms of worship in areas under their control, and they have issued a ban on the Hindu festivals of Durga Puja and Saraswati Puja.
— Anders Behring Breivik who carried out a terrible terrorist act in which 77 were killed and over 200 injured identified himself as a “Christian Crusader who was defending Norway’s traditional Christian values. **  [Pamela Geller Shamelessly Attacking the Memory of Norway Terror Victims and Debbie Schlussel “out-hated” Geller.]
— The Hutaree was a Christian militia group plotting terrorist acts, and they were not an isolated phenomenon.  **
— On the FBI’s official website, there is a chronological list of all terrorist attacks committed on U.S. soil from 1980 to 2005.  That study concludes that of all acts of terrorism within the U.S. during that period 7% were committed by Jewish extremist and 6% by Muslim extremists. 
— In the U.S., the Army of God has carried out a number of terrorist attacks against abortion clinics and doctors in the U.S. including bombings, arson, and murder.  They regularly justify their criminal actions by their “Christian” beliefs.
— The goals of the KKK included, from an early time on, an intent to “reestablish Protestant Christian values in America by any means possible,” and believe that “Jesus was the first Klansman.   Their cross-burnings were conducted not only to intimidate targets, but to demonstrate their respect and reverence for Jesus Christ, and the lighting ritual was steeped in Christian symbolism, including the saying of prayers and singing of Christian hymns **
— In Ireland during the “troubles”, numerous acts of terrorism were carried out by Protestants and Catholics claiming a religious justification.  For example, a Grand Protestant Rally in Ballymena started with a prayer, and the event was followed with a murder of a Catholic “enemy”. **
— An academic paper Christian Churches and Genocide in Rwanda by Timothy Longman prepared for Conference on Genocide, Religion, and Modernity of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum notes that

My own research in Rwanda in 1992-93 and 1995-96 confirms these conclusions. According to my findings, church personnel and institutions were actively involved in the program of resistance to popular pressures for political reform that culminated in the 1994 genocide, and numerous priests, pastors, nuns, brothers, catechists, and Catholic and Protestant lay leaders supported, participated in, or helped to organize the killings.(4)  ...  The church was implicated in the genocide in numerous ways. People who sought sanctuary in church buildings were instead slaughtered there. According to some estimates, more people were killed in church buildings than anywhere else.(30) At one parish where I researched, the communal mayor reports that 17,000 bodies were unearthed from one set of latrines alongside the church. Numerous Tutsi priests, pastors, brothers, and nuns were killed, often by their own parishioners, sometimes by their fellow clergy. While the failure of the population to respect the principle of sanctuary cannot be blamed on the churches, the failure of the church leadership to condemn massacres on church property and attacks on church personnel in the years preceding the genocide clearly undermined the principle of sanctuary in Rwanda ...  There are numerous examples of clergy who turned people over to be killed. In one incident in May, the Catholic archbishop himself turned over to a death squad a number of nuns and priests gathered at the cathedral at Kabgayi.(32) In several cases I investigated, clergy participated in death squads. In some cases, clergy helped to locate parishioners who were in hiding.(33)

— James Kopp murdered Dr. Barnett Slepian quoting Chistian beliefs
— John Salvi killed two receptionists in two abortion clinic attacks in Brookline, MA
— Cody Crawford was arrested for firebombing the Salman Alfarisi Islamic Mosque in Corvallis, Oregon. He called himself a “Christian warrior”.
—Justin Carl Moose plotted to bomb abortion clinics. The FBI alleges he referred to himself as the “Christian counterpart to (Osama) bin Laden”
— On October 1, 2005, Joel Henry Hinrichs III, a Christian college student at the University of Oklahoma in Norman, OK detonated a large bomb made of TATP outside of a packed football stadium in Norman, Oklahoma.
— Actor Michael Brea (of Ugly Betty program) arrested for murdering his own mother with a samurai sword while reciting Biblical passages.
— A number of terrorist attacks were attributed to individuals and groups with ties to the Christian Identity and Christian Patriot movements, including the Lambs of Christ
— The motive for anti-abortionist Scott Roeder murdering Wichita doctor George Tiller on May 31, 2009 was a belief that abortion is criminal and immoral, and that this belief went “hand in hand” with his religious beliefs
— Christian Identity is a loosely affiliated global group of churches and individuals devoted to a racialized theology that asserts that North European whites are the direct descendants of the lost tribes of Israel, God’s chosen people. It has been associated with groups such as the Aryan Nations, Aryan Republican Army, Army of God, Phineas Priesthood, and The Covenant, The Sword, and the Arm of the Lord. It has been cited as an influence in a number of terrorist attacks around the world, including the 2002 Soweto bombings in South Africa
—  Roberto Sandalo arrested in Italy, allegedly the leader of a Christian anti-Islamic terrorist movement called Fronte Combattente Cristiano or ‘Fighting Christian Front’.The mysterious group has been responsible for bomb attacks against Islamic centres and mosques as well as death threats to Muslims.  Sandalo has justified his actions as a fight in the name of Jesus against ‘Islamofascism’. **
— Yigal Amir who murdered Israeli prime minister Yitzhak Rabin proclaimed after his arrest that this was justified, even commanded, by the rulings of Din Mosser and Din Rodef, as described in the Jewish religious law, or halacha. **
— At a Batyam rally in Israel, protestors shouted ““Any Jewish woman who goes with an Arab should be killed; any Jew who sells his home to an Arab should be killed.” **
— Rabbi Saadya Grama, an alumnus of Beth Medrash Govoha Yeshiva in Lakewood, N.J. has published a book that attempts to employ classical Jewish sources in defense of a race-based theory of Jewish supremacy. In this book he argues that gentiles are “completely evil” and Jews constitute a separate, genetically superior species. **
— Rabbi Mordechai Eliahu said “According to Jewish war ethics, an entire city holds collective responsibility for the immoral behavior of individuals. In Gaza, the entire populace is responsible because they do nothing to stop the firing of Kassam rockets.” **  He also proposed “hanging the children of the terrorist who carried out the attack in the Mercaz Harav yeshiva from a tree.” **.  He also said that according to Jewish law there is no moral prohibition against the indiscriminate killing of civilians in Gaza.**
— Rabbi Mordechai Eliyahu delivered a eulogy for the terrorist Meir Kahane and said that “there was absolutely no moral prohibition against the indiscriminate killing of civilians during a potential massive military offensive on Gaza” because “all citizens are collectively guilty,” based on readings of Genesis 34 and Kings 9,14. **
— Safed Chief Rabbi Shmuel Eliyahu on the Moriah site (which posts Rabbis responses to questions said that the members of the Jewish terror underground were “completely righteous.” He also said, “I don’t think they are lowly murderers. Heaven forbid! They have already paid their price to society. They sacrificed many years for the people of Israel. Among us, in Judaism, there is justifiable murder. Killing a murderer is justified.”  He based this on Jewish law. **
— Rabbi Yousuf Falay called for the extermination of all Palestinian males over 13 years old. “We have to make sure that no Palestinian individual remains under our occupation. If they (Palestinians) escape then it is good; but if anyone of them remains, then he should be exterminated”. **
— Five Towns Jewish Times, a Long Island, NY newspaper published an article that defended killing Muslims **
— Fountains of Salvation, an Israeli Orthodox “family magazine,” suggested that Israel will create death camps for Palestinians in order to wipe them out like Amalek - “It will be interesting to see whether they leave the assembly of the Amalekites [Palestinians] in extermination camps to others, or whether they will declare that wiping out Amalek is no longer [historically] relevant. Only time will tell…”  This refers to 1 Samuel 15:3. This is basically saying Palestinians to the ovens.  **
— Rabbi Manis Friedman, of Chabad of Minnesota said he “doesn’t believe in Western morality” and “The only way to fight a moral war is the Jewish way: Destroy their holy sites. Kill men, women and children (and cattle).” Again referring to Biblical verses.  ** and **
— Rabbi Yitzhak Ginzburg, author of a book ( Baruch the man ) glorifying Hebron terrorist mass murderer Baruch Goldstein said that revenge and terrorism are purifying. Jews are encouraged to take revenge against those who harm them to recover their inner power after centuries of humiliation. Revenge, he argues, “is stressing my positive essence, the truth in my being. . . . It is like a law of nature. He who takes revenge joins the ‘ecological currents of reality.’ . . . Revenge is the return of the individual and the nation to believe in themselves, in their power and in the fact that they have a place under the sun and are no longer stepped on by everybody.” ** - He also said “If you saw two people drowning, a Jew and a non-Jew, the Torah says you save the Jewish life first,” - and “If every simple cell in a Jewish body entails divinity, is a part of God, then every strand of DNA is part of God. Therefore, something is special about Jewish DNA…If a Jew needs a liver, can you take the liver of an innocent non-Jew passing by to save him? The Torah would probably permit that. Jewish life has an infinite value.” **
— Shmuel Hacohen, a teacher in a Jerusalem college, said: “Baruch Goldstein was the greatest Jew alive, not in one way but in every way…There are no innocent Arabs here…He was no crazy…Killing isn’t nice, but sometimes it is necessary.” **
— A group of Rabbis declared that the Halacha (Jewish religious law) commands the killing of innocent Palestinian civilians if this helps to save Jews. The declaration is signed by the heads of the “Arrangement Yeshivot”, the West Bank settlement rabbis and other religious leaders. They were later joined by one of the two chief rabbis (the Sephardic one). ** 
— Rabbis connected with a movement to resurrect the Sanhedrin have issued a halachic opinion implying that OC Central Command Maj.-Gen. Yair Naveh deserves to be killed. They said in their halachic ruling that Naveh was guilty of being a moser, a Hebrew word that can be roughly translated as an informant or traitor. The rabbis see the Olmert government as the equivalent of a gentile enemy that “evilly and violently expels and causes mental and physical damage to Jews.” Maimonides ruled in his Mishneh Torah: “It is permitted to kill a Jewish moser anywhere, even today when rabbinic courts are not permitted to decide on capital punishment matters.” ** 
— Rabbi Avraham Hecht (chief rabbi of Congregation Sh’are Zion in Brooklyn and at the same time president of the Rabbinical Alliance of America, a national organization of 540 Orthodox rabbis) said that surrendering any of the Land of Israel violated halakah (Jewish law), and anyone who did so could be killed as a rodef, “one who pursues a Jew trying to kill him.” “All I said was that according to Jewish law, any one person—you can apply it to whoever you want—any one person who willfully, consciously, intentionally hands over human bodies or human property or the human wealth of the Jewish people to an alien people is guilty of the sin for which the penalty is death. And according to Maimonides—you can quote me—it says very clearly, if a man kills him, he has done a good deed.” **
— Jewish underground group set off car bombs that crippled two Palstinian mayors, and plannned to bomb five Arab commuter buses and and blow up Al-Aksa Mosque in Jerusalem, partly in hopes of provoking a war so cataclysmic that it would hasten the arrival of the Messiah. **
...  Rabbi Colonel Eyal Karim of the Israeli IDF implied that rape is allowed in war. When asked a question about this he said “The wars of Israel […] are mitzvah wars, in which they differ from the rest of the wars the nations wage among themselves. ** 
— Rabbis at Mercaz Harav yeshiva in Jerusalem granted rabbinical approval to avenge Jerusalem yeshiva attack by an attack on a senior official at the Temple Mount mosque (who had nothing to do with the yeshiva murders). **  Mercaz Harav extremist Yeshiva teaches that “non-Jews living under Jewish law in Eretz Yisrael (Land of Israel) must either be enslaved as water carriers and wood hewers, or banished, or exterminated.” **
— Rabbi Marzel, leader of the Jewish National Front party and was affiliated with Meir Kahane & acting spokesman for Kach terrorist organization for 10 years. He called on his supporters to kill journalist Uri Avnery, and called for a religious war against homosexuals.
— Rabbi Jaacov Perrin said during his eulogy of the terrorist Baruch Goldstein “One million Arabs are not worth a Jewish fingernail” ((New York Daily News, Feb. 28, 1994, p.6) **
— Purim party in Israel 2010 praises Baruch Goldstein ** - Militant Jews gathered at the grave of Baruch Goldstein to celebrate the sixth anniversary of his massacre of Muslim worshippers in Hebron. **
— Rabbi Itzhak Shapira was arrested for firebombing a mosque. Rabbi Shapira published a book entitled The King’s Torah in which he claimed that it was permissible under Jewish law for a Jew to kill a non-Jewish civilian (including a child). ** The book, called Torat ha-Melekh (“the Teaching of the King”) deals with the killing of Goyim. It says that in peacetime, Goyim should generally not be killed – not because of the commandment “Thou shalt not kill” which, according to the book, applies to Jews only, but because of God’s command after the Deluge (Genesis 9:6): “Whoso sheddeth man’s blood, by man shall his blood be shed, for in the image of God made he man.” This applies to all Goyim who fulfill some basic commandments. However, the situation is totally different in wartime. And according to the rabbis, Israel has been at war since its foundation, and probably will be for ever more. In war, in every place where the presence of a Goy endangers a Jew, it is permitted to kill him, even though he be a righteous goy who bears no responsibility for the situation. It is permitted – indeed, recommended – to kill not only enemy fighters, but also those who “support” or “encourage” them. It is permitted to kill enemy civilians if this is helpful for the conduct of the war. **   He also advocated the expulsion or genocide of all male Palestinians above the age of thirteen. **   He also said “It is permissible to kill the Righteous among Nations even if they are not responsible for the threatening situation,” he wrote, adding: “If we kill a Gentile who has sinned or has violated one of the seven commandments - because we care about the commandments - there is nothing wrong with the murder.**  He also encouraged the use of Palestinians as human shields ** and preaches slaughter of gentile babies **

An article about such “police blotter” coverage of Islam and Muslims on Spencerwatch notes

“A police blotter is a listing of the police investigations, calls, and actions in a particular city or town. It is public record. Here is an example of one from Colorado Springs, Colorado. Now, Colorado Springs is a nice town. In fact, in 2006 it was listed as one of the Best Places to Live in America. Yet, if you only judged the town of Colorado Springs by its police blotter, a much different picture would emerge in one’s mind.

...  What about the United States? Most people around the world would jump at any chance to get to live and raise their families in the United States. This is truly a wonderful country, full of freedom, and opportunity, and tolerance. It is a place that Robert Spencer and his other Islam-hater friends want to fundamentally change with their hate speech and rhetoric.

Yet, if the only thing by which America would be judged is her crime statistics, a very different picture would emerge:

In 2009, there were 1,318,398 violent crimes in the United States; 15,241 murders; 88,097 forcible rapes; 408,217 robberies; 806,843 aggravated assaults; 9,320,971 property crimes; 2,199,125 burglaries; 6,327,230 larcenies; and 794,616 motor vehicle thefts. This is according to the FBI.  Is this an accurate picture of the reality of America?  Is America reflected in the actions of her criminals?  Of course not. In fact, looking at the numbers is actually deceiving, because, in reality, violent and property crimes are actually down in the United States last year. But, one wouldn’t realize that if he or she solely focused on the numbers.

This need to stop!  The American Muslim community has not responded in kind with sensational articles with bold headlines screaming Christian or Jewish murder/pervert/etc. And, that won’t happen, because we know that such a tactic would be wrong, and that these individuals are not representative of Judaism or Christianity, or any religion they claim.

UPDATE 1/17/2013

This needs to be updated again because the Islamophobia echo chamber, (led by Robert Spencer and Pamela Geller of the hate groups AFDI/SIOA) have began churning out articles with the hashtag #MyJihad in their titles, and then tweeting the titles of those articles and encouraging others to re-tweet, in an attempt to take over the #MyJihad hashtag by overwhelming it with hateful messages.  Many of the articles they have come up with have been, even by their standards, disgraceful.  We are collecting these in Anti-Muslim Propaganda Against #MyJIhad Campaign.  See also Islamophobes See “Jihad” Everywhere for numerous examples of false “jihad” plots they have claimed as well as numerous totally false stories. 

Today, Geller posted an article #myjihad Sharia Enforcers: Hooded ‘Muslim Patrol’ remove alcohol from drinkers and tell women to cover up as they stalk London.  She uses this as an opportunity to bring up many more of what she believes are uniquely Muslim crimes. 

All of this is nonsense, and she knows it.  She only has to look right here in Williamsburg, NY, in the U.S. The NY Post reports that

Ultra-Orthodox Jewish business owners are lashing out at customers at dozens of stores in Williamsburg, trying to ban sleeveless tops and plunging necklines from their aisles. It’s only the latest example of the Hasidic community trying to enforce their strict religious laws for everyone who lives near their New York enclave.

“No Shorts, No Barefoot, No Sleeveless, No Low Cut Neckline Allowed in the Store,” declare the English/Spanish signs that appear in stores throughout the Hasidic section of the hipster haven. The retailers do not just serve Jews — they include stores for hardware, clothes and electronics.

Hebrew speakers are also put on notice: “Entry here in modest dress only,” the signs read.

When a Post reporter visited Lee Avenue in a sleeveless dress, some store owners stared at her shoulders, while others refused to look her in the face.  ...  On the B110, a privately operated public bus line that runs through Orthodox Williamsburg and Borough Park, women are told to sit in back, also in accordance with Orthodox customs.

Geller might also want to listen to the khutbah of an actual Muslim scholar, Shaykh Shams Ad Duha who condemned these Muslim “street patrol” thugs in London.

I believe that any human being whose heart and mind are not closed by hate, must see the parallels.  There is no claim about some particular Imam somewhere saying something extreme or just plain stupid that can’t be matched by a Rabbi or a Reverend doing the same.  There is no act of violence carried out by Muslims that can’t be matched by those carried out by Christians and Jews.  There is no community that is free of criminals and hateful people.  There is no more violence in the Qur’an than in the Torah or the New Testament.  There is no religious community that doesn’t have individuals (even individuals who should know better) who attempt to use religion to justify their wrong actions, or who make distorted interpretations of their religion to justify themselves.

Both Jews and Muslims need to step up and be counted, do what they can to marginalize their own extremists, and stop demonizing each other.

UPDATE 1/24/2012

Today, Pamela Geller posted an article #myjihad in UK: Muslim men in child trafficking sex ring, attacked vulnerable girls as young as 11 for sex, subjecting them to assaults that were “perverted in the extreme”.  She opens with “The dhimmi headlines, still. If I were actually Asian, I’d get insulted, and they are. They are protesting the use of the word. These are Muslim gangs and there are scores of them, raping, trafficking and destroying non-Muslim girls. Enough bowing and scraping before these savages.

See update above for 6/13/2011 for many examples of non-Muslims involved in such disgusting and deviant behavior.  But, one case, that of 85 Orthodox Jews who were arrested in New York for child sexual abuse of 117 victims should be enough to raise the issue of Geller’s selective concern. 

Would Geller call this a “Jewish gang”?  Does she agree that all such perverts are equally despicable no matter what their religion?  Would she demand that headlines about perpetrators include their religion if that religion is Jewish or Christian?  If a headline about Jewish perverts didn’t include the religion of the perpetrators would Geller be incensed?  If a newspaper headline did not include that information would she consider that “submitting to the Jewish lobby”? 

Geller never ceases to amaze at the depths he is willing to go, the hypocrisy she shows, and the double standards she so proudly proclaims.

Her use of the #MyJihad hashtag in this story is part of her ongoing effort to undermine #MyJihad with a deluge of hateful posts by her followers who immediately on seeing these stories begin posting the story one after the other.  You can read about this Anti-Muslim Propaganda Against #MyJIhad Campaign being spread by Geller and her partner in hate, Robert Spencer.  The article includes links to responses to each claim.

UPDATE 6/18/2013

Haven’t updated this in awhile, although the Islamophobes have continued this pattern of police blotter reporting unabated.  One recent incident was the False Kodak bomb threat claim of which this is a summary of the actual known facts, an alcoholic man (who happens to be a Muslim) engages in an attempt to get revenge on another individual by making false claims that the individual was involved in a bomb plot against the Kodak company.  What he did was wrong.  He broke the law and abused the 911 system.  He is obviously a disturbed individual, and deserves whatever punishment the court decides.  The perpetrator has been charged and released on his own recognizance.  Meaning that this was not a terrorist incident.  The fact that he is a Muslim has no bearing at all on the incident.  There are no facts anywhere that would identify this individual as an “Islamist” or “radical Muslim” engaged in a “jihad plot”, or this event as a “jihad” or any of the other baseless suppositions and wild claims made by the Islamophobic echo chamber.  These folks just don’t understand the fact that Muslims can be crazy, criminal, or perverted too!.  The only “homegrown” characteristic of this individual seems to be that he is a “homegrown alcoholic nutjob”.  His case is similar to many others like the Sacramento arrested for calling 911 100 times in a month, or the numerous false bomb threats made by other individuals. 

An even more reprehensible example of this sort of labeling of a crime, after a tragic murder suicide in St. Louis by a Somali immigrant, Debbie Schlussel wrote Sudden Jihad Syndrome?  Somali Muslim business owner shoots 3 employees and himself

Ahmed Dirir shot his business partner and 2 employees at his business and then shot himself.  He had recently been through a divorce, and was having business problems, and had arguments with his business partner.  St. Louis gunman was immigrant whose demeanor changed after divorce

A few comments from Schlussel’s readers:  Tom Jones said “Good 3 less muslims!”.  upaces88 said “Inbreeding for 1,400 yrs causes mental illness.  Add that in with a religion that encourages psychopatholoby [sic] will either strike out at others, yourself and all of the above.

It is difficult to understand how human beings can be so cruel and insensitive and full of hate as those promoting such mis-characterized stories.  However, I’m not surprised, as these are the same folks who, when a Muslim doctor had a heart attack and died at the wheel of his car which then crashed into a shopping mall — described the incident as “vehicular jihad” causing increased anguish to the innocent doctors family. 



The Islamophobia Industry exists and is engaged in an anti-Muslim Crusade.  They have a manifesto for spreading their propaganda, and which states their goal of “destroying Islam — as a culture, a political ideology, and a religion.” They produce anti-Muslim films.  They are forming new organizations and coalitions of organizations at a dizzying speed, not only nationally, but also internationally.   They have formed an International Leadership Team “which will function as a mobile, proactive, reactive on-the-ground team developing and executing confidential action plans that strike at the heart of the global anti-freedom agenda.”

Currently, the Islamophobia Industry is engaged in a full-scale, coordinated,  demonization campaign against American Muslims and Arabs. In just the past few months we have seen a series of inflammatory provocations:    There was the Innocence of Muslims film Titanic, a German satire magazine plans an “Islam” cover article to be published later this month.   Charlie Hebdo, a French satire magazine published an issue with inflammatory cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad.   Newsweek published their ‘Muslim Rage’ cover.  Terry Jones held a “trial of Prophet Muhammad”.  SION held a “global” gathering in NYC to plan propaganda strategy.  A group in Toronto publicized a “walk your dog at the mosque” day.   AFDI/SIOA has run a series of anti-Muslim ads on public transportation across the country.   AFDI/SIOA are planning to run 8 more anti-Muslim ads.  There are three more films on Prophet Muhammad in the works by Ali Sina, Mosab Hassan Yousef and Imran Farasat.   They are even bringing their hate messages into public schools.

Daniel Pipes is encouraging publication of “A Muhammad cartoon a day”, and says “So, this is my plea to all Western editors and producers: Display the Muhammad cartoon daily, until the Islamists become accustomed to the fact that we turn sacred cows into hamburger.”.  Pipes joins Daniel Greenfield (aka Sultan Knish) who published an appeal on David Horowitz’ Front Page Magazine Is It Time for ‘Make Your Own Mohammed Movie Month’?.  And, both are following in the footsteps of such luminaries as Pamela Geller, who promoted just such a plan back in 2010 with her promotion of Draw Muhammad Day, even after the cartoonist who drew the first cartoon and suggested the idea, Molly Norris apologized to Muslims and asked for the day to be called off, and American Muslims had issued a defense of free speech.    None of this is surprising as one of the Islamophobes laid out their strategy as “The Muslims themselves have shown us their most vulnerable spot, which is the questionable (though unquestioned) character of the ‘Prophet’ himself. We need to satirise and ridicule baby-bonking Mo until the Muslims fly into uncontrollable tantrums, then ridicule them even more for their tantrums, and repeat the process until they froth at the mouth and steam comes out of their ears.”

The Islamophobia of these folks is very real, it is also strikingly similar to a previous generations’ anti-Semitism, and it has predictable consequences.   The reason that this is so obvious to so many is that rational people can tell the difference between legitimate concerns and bigoted stereotypes.

Sadly, the Islamophobic echo chamber has been aided by some in the Jewish and Christian clergy, and even by some of our elected representatives, particularly in the GOP.

The claim that the Islamophobes are “truth-tellers” and “defenders of freedom” who actually “love Muslims” and have never engaged in “broadbrush demonization” or “advocated violence”, or that nothing that they say could have had anything to do with any act of violence,  are nonsense.  The claim that they are falsely being accused of Islamophobia for no reason other than their legitimate concerns about real issues and that in fact there is not even such a thing as Islamophobia, or their claim that the fact that there are fewer hate crimes against Muslims than against Jews or that some Muslims have fabricated such crimes “proves” that Islamophobia doesn’t exist,  or that the term Islamophobia was made up by Muslims in order to stifle their freedom of speech, or that anti-Muslim bigotry is “not Islamophobia but Islamorealism” are all nonsense

These individuals and organizations consistently promote the false what everyone “knows” lies about Islam and Muslims (including distorting the meaning of Qur’anic verses, and distorting the meaning of Islamic terms such as taqiyya, jihad, sharia, etc.).  Islamophobes falsely claim to see “JIHAD” PLOTS everywhere, particularly where they don’t exist.   They, like Muslim extremists, don’t understand the true meaning of the term jihad.  The Islamophobes have uncovered countless examples of “shocking”, non-existent Muslim jihad plots.

Here are just a few ridiculous claims about nonsensical Muslim plots:

An Eid Celebration for Muslim Special Needs Kids was described as a “stealth jihad”.   A children’s page in a newspaper focusing on Eid was described as a toxic propaganda plot.  Joel Hinrichs (a Christian) had a beard and had walked through the parking lot of a campus mosque thus proving that his crime was an example of sudden jihad syndrome.  Leon Alphans Traille, Jr., the Arlington, Virginia Mall Bomber was accused of possible “sudden jihad syndrome” just because he had a beard, obviously, a case of beard jihad.   
Tyler Brehm who carried out the Hollywood shooting jihad was accused of “sudden jihad syndrome” because he shouted something that one witness from the Philippines said he might have shouted “Allahu Akbar”.  This report was not backed up by any other witnesses.  The awful April 2007 shooting at Virginia Tech by a Korean student was also called Islamic jihad because Cho’s father had once worked in Saudi Arabia (before he was married and before Cho was born).    A Muslim doctor had a heart attack and died at the wheel of his car which then crashed into a shopping mall and this was described as “vehicular jihad”.   A Muslim cab driver objected to what he considered pornographic ads on the roof of his cab, and that became a stealth-jihad plot to impose Sharia on America.  Any Muslim who has sued an employer for violation of their rights under the EEOC is engaged in employment jihad, or litigation jihad.  Muslim environmentalists are said to be actually engaged in “civilizational jihad”.  A cartoon series “The 99” aimed at young Muslims was described as “cultural jihad”.  The victims of the terrorist attack of 9/11 included Muslims, they were accused of dying as martyrs in an act of jihad. Muslims hoped to open a Muslim hospital in the U.S. and that was called hospital jihad.

The Islamophobes have uncovered countless examples of “shocking” Muslim jihad plots.  They have uncovered:

bumper sticker jihadThanksgiving turkey jihadpaisley scarf jihadmarriage to important men jihadspit jihad —  fashion jihadspelling bee jihadrape jihaddefacing dollar bills jihadpopulation jihadcreeping Sharia jihad —  mosque building jihadterror baby jihad“creeping Sharia” jihadpedophilia jihadbus driver prayer jihadforehead bruise jihadpostage stamp jihadsoup jihad —  banning alcohol jihadfake hate crimes jihadpiggy bank jihadtv reality series jihadhandshake jihadprom jihadinterfaith jihadArabic language jihadpublic school jihadreligious accommodation jihadCrescent moon jihadChristmas tree tax jihadoath of office jihadimmigration jihad community fundraiser jihadpublic school/madrassa jihadpost office jihadfood jihadpyramid jihadcrucifixion jihad in Egyptfireworks jihadcomputer donation jihadcivic participation jihadOlympic “judo” jihadstealth name jihadpre-violent jihadLove jihadfashion jihad 2#MyJihad ad jihadtalk show host jihadart museum jihadHalloween jihadDNC Muslim Prayer Jihadcat crucifixion jihad in GhanaScottish Muslim women’s stealth jihadanti-democracy jihadun-neighborly Musims in Paris jihadjihad on Christopher ColumbusIranian smallpox jihadMuslim Christmas grinch jihad#MyJihad twitter jihadMuslim takeover of National Parks jihad


Nothing is too trivial to escape the eagle eyes of these “defenders of Western civilization” against devious Muslim stealth jihad plots.  Christina Abraham (a Muslim) has a name that is not recognizably Muslim enough and so we have stealth name jihad. And, if a Muslim somewhere is not doing anything at all suspicious, then they are engaged in pre-violent jihad.

Islamophobes generalize specific incidents to reflect on all Muslims or all of Islam.    Islamophobes consistently push demonstrably false memes such as:  - we are in danger from creeping Sharia, - the Muslim population is increasing at an alarming rate, - 80% of American Mosques are radicalized,  -  There have been 270 million victims of “jihad”  -  There have been 17,000+ “Islamic terrorist” attacks since 9/11    - Muslims in government are accused of being Muslim Brotherhood plants, stealth jihadists, and creeping Sharia proponents and should be MARGINALIZED or excluded.  Muslim and Arab organizations and individuals are connected to the infamous Muslim Brotherhood document or the unindicted co-conspirator label, or accused of not condemning Hamas, telling American Muslims not to talk to the FBI, of being “Jew haters”, etc.

When Islamophobes are caught in the act of making up or distorting claims they engage in devious methods to attempt to conceal the evidence. 

There is a reason that many, even outside of the Muslim community see such demonization of Muslims as Islamophobic.  There is a reason that the ADL has stated that Brigitte Gabriel’s Act for America, Pamela Geller & Robert Spencer’s Stop the Islamization of America (SIOA), David Yerushalmi’s Society of Americans for National Existence (SANE)  are “groups that promote an extreme anti-Muslim agenda”.  There is a reason that The Southern Poverty Law Center has designated SIOA as a hate group, and that these individuals are featured in the SPLC reports Jihad Against Islam and The Anti-Muslim Inner Circle.  There is a reason that these individuals and organizations are featured prominently in: — the Center for American Progress reports “Fear Inc.” on the Islamophobia network in America and Understanding Sharia Law: Conservatives skewed interpretation needs debunking. — the People for the American Way Right Wing Playbook on Anti-Muslim Extremism.  — the NYCLU report Religious Freedom Under Attack:  The Rise of Anti-Mosque Activities in New York State.  — the Political Research Associates report Manufacturing the Muslim menace: Private firms, public servants, and the threat to rights and security.  — The ACLU report Nothing to Fear: Debunking the Mythical “Sharia Threat” to Our Judicial System — in The American Muslim TAM Who’s Who of the Anti-Muslim/Anti-Arab/Islamophobia Industry.   There is a reason that the SIOA’s trademark patent was denied by the U.S. government due to its anti-Muslim nature.   There is a reason that these individuals and organizations are featured in just about every legitimate report on Islamophobia and anti-Muslim hatred. 

See Resources for dealing with Islamophobes for many more reasons that these people cannot be trusted.

Sheila Musaji is the founding editor of The American Muslim (TAM), published since 1989.  Sheila received the Council on American-Islamic Relations 2007 Islamic Community Service Award for Journalism,  and the Loonwatch Anti-Loons of 2011: Profiles in Courage Award for her work in fighting Islamophobia.  Sheila was selected for inclusion in the 2012 edition of The Muslim 500: The World’s 500 Most Influential Muslims published since 2009 by the Royal Islamic Strategic Studies Centre in Amman, Jordan.    Biography  You can follow her on twitter @sheilamusaji ( )



First posted 5/17/2011