Rash of Fake Hate Crimes Teaches Important Lesson
by Sheila Musaji
In November, the FBI released its’ hate crimes statistics report for 2010. Some of the trends that the report noted were:
—racially motivated hate crimes accounted for a majority 47.3% of all hate crimes, and of these racially motivated crimes 70% were against blacks
— religiously motivated hate crimes accounted for about 20% of all hate crimes. Of the hate crimes motivated by religion, anti-Semitism was the most prevalent cause, accounting for 67%, and although anti-Muslim crimes were lower than anti-Semitic hate crimes, the number of anti-Muslim crimes reported jumped by 50% from 2009 numbers. (The ADL also released an audit of anti-Semitic hate crimes which found that they increased in 2010 for the first time since 2004.)
— sexual orientation hate crimes accounted for about 20% of all hate crimes.
— 66.6% of victims of ethnically motivated hate crimes in 2010 were “targeted because of an anti-Hispanic bias” which is a rise of 11% over 2009.
Mark Potok of the SPLC noted that Although the national statistics compiled by the FBI each year are known to dramatically understate the real level of reported and unreported hate crimes, they do offer telling indications of some trends.
The ADL expressed concerns about the numbers possibly being much larger: The largest number of law enforcement agencies (14,977) since the start of the hate crimes annual report in 1990 participated in the 2010 collection of data. Yet, only 13 percent of these participating agencies reported a single hate crime to the FBI, which was the lowest number of agencies reporting one or more hate crimes since the 2002 report. Disturbingly, thousands of law enforcement agencies nationwide did not report to the FBI, including at least three agencies in cities with populations of 250,000 or more and at least twelve agencies in cities with populations of 100,000 to 250,000.
Hate crimes are a concern to all decent people. Any attack on individuals or communities simply because of who they are - their ethnicity, race, sexual orientation, religion, etc. is reprehensible and barbaric. There are people who hate others, and who attempt to intimidate or harm them, and that is despicable and deserves to be punished to the full extent of the law. There is a reason that hate crimes are considered as even more heinous than exactly the same crime committed for some other reason. That reason is that hate crimes frighten and intimidate not only the individual who is targeted, but the entire community of which they are a member.
There are also individuals and organizations who feed and encourage such hatred. For example, anti-Muslim hate groups like Stop the Islamization of America (SIOA) led by Robert Spencer and Pamela Geller not only fuel the paranoia and bigotry that can lead to hate crimes - they also add an additional dimension of cruelty to further inflame tensions between communities.
There are a number of ways that bigots can add this additional dimension of cruelty to an already hateful crime.
One method is to take actual information contained in reports like the FBI hate crime statistics for 2010 report discussed above, and attempt to manipulate and use the data to “prove” some bigoted point of view.
For example, Robert Spencer asked a Muslim “What do you have to say about the fact that FBI statistics show that there is no “Islamophobia”?”
Actually, FBI statistics do not show that there is no “Islamophobia”. What the most recent “hate crime statistics” do show is that there have been fewer hate crimes committed against Muslims in the U.S. than there were against Jews. Whether this might also reflect a reticence to report such crimes on the part of members of some refugee communities particularly has been discussed. And, the same report documents the fact that the actual hate crimes against Muslims, while still lower than those against Jews, have increased by 50% over the last year. Hate crimes statistics are only one of many possible indicators of prejudice and bigotry.
Following Spencer’s logic, we could make the following statement — There have been more hate crimes against Jews than against Muslims, therefore that proves that “there is no ‘Islamophobia.’” There have been more hate crimes against African-Americans than against Jews, therefore that proves that “there is no ‘anti-Semitism.’” Spencer’s argument is totally fallacious.
Other possible indicators of Islamophobia including EEOC complaints about work related discrimination, and a trend towards an increase of anti-Muslim and anti-Islam rhetoric from public figures, Christian and Jewish clergy, and even elected representatives would appear to show that this is a word describing a real phenomenon. The very real problems that have been uncovered about anti-Muslim training of law enforcement and government personnel also point in the same direction.
Another method is to capitalize on some particular fact, and attempt to generalize that fact into a “proof” that an entire community is suspect.
One example would be taking the fact that there have been some Muslim individuals who have fabricated hate crimes for their own reasons, and attempting to generalize this to a suspicion that any hate crime reported by a Muslim is most likely false.
For example, Robert Spencer said “That’s most likely why CAIR and others have not hesitated to stoop even to fabricating “hate crimes.” They want and need hate crimes against Muslims, because they can use them as weapons to intimidate people into remaining silent about the jihad threat.” *** And, he also said What do you have to say about the fact that many “anti-Muslim hate crimes” have been faked by Muslims, and that Jews are eight times more likely than Muslims to be the victims of hate attacks.
For every category of hate crime there have been people who have taken advantage of an opportunity to further their own agenda and claim a hate crime where none existed. There are hundreds of such cases. At the bottom of this article is A LIST OF A FEW SUCH CASES OF FAKE OR HOAX HATE CRIMES.
The issue is not that there are some despicable individuals who will lie about hate crimes, but that there are far too many legitimate hate crimes against minorities.
Here are examples of Muslims faking hate crimes that I am aware of:
— Mirza Akram of Everett Washington claimed in 2004 that his grocery store was the victim of an anti-Muslim hate crime. It was not. He staged the arson to collect on insurance.
— Amjad Abunar of Texas claimed in 2004 that his meat market was burned down in an anti-Muslim hate crime. It was not. He was arrested for burning the business himself.
— Saleh Nawash, in 2002 claimed his halal meat market was burned in an anti-Muslim hate crime. It was not. He burned the business himself to collect the insurance.
— Musa Shteiwi of Xenia, Ohio, claimed that a molotov cocktail was thrown at his restaurant, and was an anti-Muslim hate crime. It was not. The store was burned to collect insurance.
— Mazhar Tabesh of Heber City, Utah, claimed in 2002 that his motel was burned in an anti-Muslim hate crime. It was not.
— Nezar Maad of Anchorage, Alaska claimed in 2001 that his business was vandalized in an anti-Arab hate crime. It was not.
In some cases, local or national Muslim organizations asked for investigations. In the case of Amjad Abunar, CAIR asked for an investigation. After, the investigation led to the arrest of the business owner himself, Michelle Malkin said “Oh, and still no apology from CAIR and its ilk for continuing to perpetuate the myth of “growing Islamophobic prejudice” and for smearing the most tolerant nation of earth.”
Some of these false claims were initially included in CAIR reports on bias crime, for example The Status of Muslim Civil Rights in the United States 2005: Unequal Protection.
Islamophobes make much of the fact that there are some criminals in the Muslim community who have stooped to claiming a hate crime when there has been none. Daniel Pipes, Michelle Malkin, Robert Spencer, Pamela Geller, etc. have all breathlessly published articles about what they call the “myth” of Muslim hate crimes. They use the fact that there have been Muslims who have faked hate crimes to cast doubt on the existence of any hate crimes against Muslims. They also use the fact that in some cases the Muslim community, or particular organizations have asked for an investigation in some of these cases of false claims as proof of insincerity on the part of Muslims. This is simply bigoted, and wrong.
Other methods include jumping to conclusions before the facts are in, or attempting to trivialize hate crimes committed against a group about whom you believe prejudice is justified.
Last month, there was a frightening series of molotov cocktail firebombings in New York which included a mosque. Those bombings frightened the Muslim community, and the community was anxious until the perpetrator was caught. At that time, I wrote:
While the police were still looking for the perpetrator, they released a sketch drawn from witness desriptions. The sketch appeared to be a young African-American man. Pamela Geller immediately posted an article in which she lamented what she claimed was a media focus only on the mosque and not the other targets. She posted the police sketch at the top of the article and said Here’s the a sketch of the perp; looks like a CAIR member. Color me skeptical. We find time and time again, in the rare instances when a mosque has graffiti or falls victim to some prank, the perp is Muslim. More times than not.
... How a sketch of the face of an African-American man would automatically “look like a CAIR member” is beyond any rational understanding. Throwing molotov cocktails is not “some prank”. There have been numerous instances of mosques being vandalized, shot at, firebombed, etc., and in fact, in most instances the perp was not a Muslim. TAM has a lengthy collection of attacks on mosques HERE. They are not “rare instances” or just “pranks”.
... Geller’s partner, Robert Spencer wrote this NY mosque firebomber motived by “personal grievances”—will Hamas-linked CAIR apologize? - asking both CAIR and Mayor Bloomberg to apologize for having expressed concern that this may have been a hate crime. Actually, like his partner Pamela Geller, Spencer jumps to conclusions before all of the facts are in. The mosque attack is still being investigated as a hate crime because of anti-Muslim statements made to the police by the alleged perpetrator.
Use of this sort of language to trivialize a serious crime is simply a sign of bigotry and heartlessness. Attacks on any house of worship or on individuals belonging to any religious community should be a concern to all decent people. If someone paints swastikas on a synagogue or a mosque, that is not just harmless graffiti. Whether it is symbols like swastikas or KKK’s, or anti-Muslim, or anti-Semitic statements, or burned crosses, or nooses hanging from trees — all such symbolic acts aimed at any community are disgusting acts.
A current rash of fake anti-Semitic hate crimes displays all of these methods of adding an additional dimension of cruelty to an already hateful crime.
Over the past two months there has been a series of anti-Semitic incidents including vandalism and arson in New York and New Jersey.
This past week-end, in the heavily Orthodox Brooklyn neighborhood of Midwood anti-Semitic graffiti was found targeting two homes, an apartment building and a yeshiva. The garage door of one family had swastikas and the words “Die Jews” painted on it. Police also found several swastikas painted on the stairs and front door of an East 5th Street apartment building and on the basement stairs of an Ocean Parkway yeshiva. ***
A few days earlier there were a number of anti-Semitic attacks in northern New Jersey, including the attempted murder of a rabbi after incendiary devices were thrown at his home above a synagogue. ... It was the fourth anti-Semitic incident in the past month in Bergen County. On January 4, a Paramus synagogue was hit by an arson attack, and in December, two temples were vandalized. *** CBS reports that the police have arrested a teenager, Anthony Graziano, following their investigation into the firebombing of a Rutherford synagogue, Congregation Beth El, and the home of Rabbi Nossom Schuman and his family earlier this month.
In November, also in the Midwood neighborhood, three cars were torched and anti-Semitic graffiti was scrawled on vehicles and bus benches.
In the case of these anti-Semitic attacks, Geller said This is hate. It’s an epidemic. And it’s happening daily across the country. The media ignores it while hand-wringing over non-existent “anti-Muslim hate crime.” Their complicity in feeding the fires of antisemitism is stomach churning. These calls for “die Jews” are constant, and the media weeps for jihadists. She also noted that one news story had used the word “Asian” in describing the four suspects in the most recent case and said Asian? Asian as in Asian or Asian as in the euphemism for Muslim?
The car arsons in Midwood were originally considered to be a hate crime, but police are now saying that it appears that it was an insurance scam in which the Jewish perpetrators used the anti-Semitic graffiti to cover up the crime, and make it look like a hate crime. *** also *** also *** also *** also ***
The Village Voice posted a security camera still of the photograph of the suspects here in one of the graffiti incidents. I can’t make out much from the photograph at all, certainly not enough to identify the perpetrators or their ethnicity.
Actually, it now turns out that this rash of vandalism and threats may also have been fake hate crimes. According to the New York Times
The police said Monday that they had charged David Haddad, 56, of Penn South with aggravated harassment as a hate crime in connection with those acts. The police said that Mr. Haddad is himself Jewish, and that he knew all the victims, at least two of whom are his relatives.
The police are also investigating whether Mr. Haddad painted swastikas on buildings over the weekend in Midwood, Brooklyn, where the police said Mr. Haddad has family, too. The threats appear to be the latest incidents among a number of anti-Semitic acts attributed to people whose true motives may not have been to harm Jews.
No rational human being would blame the American Jewish community for the criminals committing fake hate crimes. No rational human being would conclude that any hate crime reported by a member of the American Jewish community should be suspect because individuals who are Jewish had carried out fake hate crimes.
I personally would like to see fake hate crimes treated by the legal system as equally as harmful as actual hate crimes, and be given as harsh a sentence. Fake hate crimes are themselves hate crimes. Certainly, they have the same result of frightening entire communities until the culprits are caught.
There is nothing we can do about individuals like Geller and Spencer who simply distort the meaning of hate crimes or hate crime statistics, or in some cases even accuse innocent individuals of such crimes for no reason but the fact that they are Muslims.
However, we can point out to all individuals who care about attempting to create a society in which we all live together in peace, that all of these methods of adding cruelty on top of hate are wrong.
As I have said previously Pamela Geller’s Islamophobia is clouding her judgement about how closely anti-Semitism and Islamophobia, and all other forms of bigotry are linked. Encouraging and condoning bigotry towards any minority ultimately can come to hurt all minorities. Her ravings against Islam and Muslims are appealing to a certain segment of the population who need to have someone to blame and to look down on. It is if she is taking a stick and sticking it into a hive of hornets and shaking it around and hoping she can control who those hornets sting.
Colm O’Broin wrote an article in which he compared ten statements by ‘anti-jihad’ writer Robert Spencer and Nazi propagandist Julius Streicher to show the similarities between anti-Semitism and Islamophobia.
I pray that those who are involved in the business of not only fueling the paranoia and bigotry that can lead to hate crimes - but also adding an additional dimension of cruelty to further inflame tensions between communities, stop and consider the terrible consequences of their words. Based on past performance, this sort of self-reflection is doubtful. However, the rest of us need to at least let them know that we find what they are doing reprehensible.
The lesson to be learned is that hate hurts, and it hurts not only those who are hated, but also those who hate.
Pamela Geller just can’t stop herself from spewing hatred. Once again she claims not only that law enforcement agencies are ” covering up for Muslim “Hate Crime” Murderers”, but also that Muslim claims of hate crimes (true or false) are “an islamic pattern to create fictional victims and then blame innocent non-Muslims.” Geller again raises questions about the Shaima Alawady case which police are still investigating and speaks as if she has inside information about what actually happened. She also raises the case of the death of Fatima Abdullah in Florida which was ruled an accidental death, but which Geller believes to have been an “honor killing” covered up by the authorities.
No one other than Pamela Geller has enough facts to draw any conclusions about what kind of a crime Shaima Alawady’s murder is - a hate crime, an honor killing, a domestic murder case, or something else entirely. There are a lot of questions based on the information that has been released so far, but media reports may or may not be accurate. No one has been arrested or tried. Whatever happened, whatever the motive, whoever is responsible for this brutal murder needs to be found, tried, and prosecuted to the full extent of the law.
Making wild accusations, encouraging her readers to complain to law enforcement about this “cover up”, and blaming Muslim individuals and organizations who believe that this might have been a hate crime and even saying that “Her blood is on their hands” does no one any good.
Yesterday, in New York City, someone used pink and black markers to write graffiti on a bench at the World Trade Center Memorial. The marking read “Allah Wakbar”. At this point that is all that anyone knows. No one knows who did it. It is written in English and spelled strangely, which could mean any number of things about the person who wrote this. CBS local reports that The incident happened not long after a group of students from a Brooklyn school were kicked out of the memorial after throwing items, including trash into the reflecting pools.
That it was a hateful thing to do is clear. It was quickly washed away. Robert Spencer reported on this calling it Islamic Hate Graffiti and providing his supposition about the person who did it “Allah Wakbar” looks like a native Arabic speaker who is not too familiar with English attempting to render “Allahu akbar.” The incident happened not long after a group of students from a Brooklyn school were kicked out of the memorial after throwing items, including trash into the reflecting pools.
His partner, Pamela Geller called it Islamic Vandalism.
It seems that the lessons to be learned about hate and hate crimes, remain unlearned by the Islamophobes.
The recent case of Zachary Tennen, the student who claimed that he was attacked at an off campus party near Michigan State University is illustrative of why the tactics discussed above are dangerous. He claimed that an attack on him was an anti-Semitic attack. After almost two months of investigation it was found that his claims were completely false.
When the story was first coming out both the ADL and CAIR issued statements calling for a full investigation, and expressing their condemnation of such an act. Many in the Islamophobia industry rushed to judgement, and even attempted to cast the blame on Muslims. See Demeaning the term “hate crime” by jumping to conclusions for a full discussion of this particular case.
As I said above: I personally would like to see fake hate crimes treated by the legal system as equally as harmful as actual hate crimes, and be given as harsh a sentence. Fake hate crimes are themselves hate crimes. Certainly, they have the same result of frightening entire communities until the culprits are caught. It doesn’t matter who the individuals are who are falsely claiming a hate crime, they are deserving of being prosecuted.
Pamela Geller posted an article about a fake hate crime hoax for insurance in Austria. Her article title was #MyJihad in Austria: Hate crime hoax, Muslims set fire to their own business and leave “racist” graffiti to mislead investigators. The title says it all - because for Geller, since the perpetrator of this particular crime was a Muslim, it becomes a “jihad” and is somehow a reflection on the entire Muslim community. Geller, then introduced an article posted on her partner in the AFDI hate group, Robert Spencer’s site about this incident with the comment “Once again we see more faked hate. Mauraduing Muslims giving proof to the ‘islamophobia’ lie. So many of these “incidents” are done by Muslims.” Spencer’s comments got in even more points aimed at all Muslims “Victimhood is big business: insofar as they can claim protected victim status for Muslims, Islamic supremacists can deflect unwanted scrutiny and any critical examination of how jihadists use Islamic texts and teachings to justify violence and supremacism. That’s most likely why CAIR and others have not hesitated to stoop even to fabricating “hate crimes.” They want and need hate crimes against Muslims, because they can use them for political points and as weapons to intimidate people into remaining silent about the jihad threat.”
How do they explain all of the other hate crimes? Are they committed by “homosexual supremacists”, “Jewish supremacists”, “African-American supremacists”, etc.
Israeli filmmaker Yariv Horowitz seems to have fabricated a story of a brutal attack by “Arab youths” just after a screening of his film at the Aubagne Film Festival in southern France. The story which was picked up by a number of sites, spread like wildfire in the Islamophobia network. Ali Abunimah reports that
... In a statement sent to The Electronic Intifada by the festival’s press office, the festival’s general manager Gaëlle Rodeville said she witnessed the minor incident and that it had nothing to do with racism or anti-Semitism. Rodeville’s statement also affirmed that, contrary to Horowitz’s repeated assertions, the youth involved was not Arab.
Rodeville called on Horowitz “to retract the statements he made in the Israeli newspaper Haaretz and to exercise restraint in making allegations whose only effect is to reinforce communalism.” She also said that that the film festival’s version of events was supported by witnesses and video footage. Rodeville appealed to the media to refrain from disseminating partial and unverified information that only feeds “hatred.” ...
Pamela Geller is one of the Islamophobes who passed this story on under the title Jewish Filmmaker Beaten Unconscious by Muslims at French Film Festival. She comments “Islamic Jew-hatred, hey, it’s in the quran. Respect it!”. On 3/31, I checked her site, and she has still not posted a correction, or an apology, although, one of her readers “Phil” has posted the statement by the French organization countering Horowitz’ story.
A University of Texas, Arlington student claimed that a man in a pickup followed her to campus, pointed a gun at her and threatened her. Because she wears hijab, this set off a storm of social media concern. As the Dallas News reported it turns out that the student made the entire thing up. No such incident ever happened. You can see a photo of the claim made by the student, Ambreen Sharif here https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=1095033797180100&set=a.102088523141304.4851.100000204693006&type=1&pnref=story
A PARTIAL LIST OF FAKE HATE CRIMES
There are hundreds of such cases. Here are just a few:
— In Florida LB Williams, a 50-year-old black man, his wife of nearly seven years Donna Williams, who is white, and their bi-racial daughter found a cross burning in their driveway. This was reported and investigated as a hate crime, but it turned out that Mr. Williams faked the whole thing in an attempt to stave off a divorce. http://www.newsherald.com/articles/cross-98405-driveway-panama.html#ixzz1i8QutWok
— In Anderson, California, a black high school student staged a fake hate crime because she was angry with her father for not picking her up on time. http://theamericanmuslim.org/tam.php?URL=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.redding.com%2Fnews%2F2007%2Fmar%2F23%2Fanderson-student-linked-to-hate-crime%2F
— Dr. Kerri Dunn, a Visiting Assistant Professor of Psychology at Claremont McKenna College in Southern California, and a convert to Judaism was seen by two witnesses applying ‘racist, anti—Semitic and sexist epithets’ to her car. http://www.americanthinker.com/2004/03/yet_another_hate_crime_hoax.html
— Bethany Storro admitted to police that she staged an acid attack on herself and claimed it was a black attack on a white woman in Vancouver, Washington. http://whitereference.blogspot.com/2010/09/hate-crime-hoax-bethany-storro.html
— Trinity International University near Deerfield, Ill., evacuated some classes after anonymous letters threatened minority students with gunfire. A black female 20-year-old student was eventually convicted of felony disorderly conduct and ordered into counseling for creating the letters. Police told the Chicago Tribune that she had been unhappy at the school and hoped the threats would persuade her parents to let her leave. http://www.realclearpolitics.com/articles/2007/11/beware_hate_crime_hoaxes.html
— At Northwestern University, a student who described himself as biracial admitted to putting anti-Hispanic graffiti on a wall near his dorm room and filing a false report of racial harassment and a knife attack. http://www.realclearpolitics.com/articles/2007/11/beware_hate_crime_hoaxes.html
— Safia Z. Jilani faked an anti-Muslim hate crime at Elmhurst college http://newsbusters.org/blogs/p-j-gladnick/2008/10/18/mini-duke-muslim-assault-story-has-same-reaction-outcome
— Quinn Matney faked an anti-gay hate crime at University of North Carolina http://www2.nbc17.com/news/2011/apr/14/unc-students-seek-healing-after-dealing-fake-hate—ar-949353/
— Ryan Grant Watson filed a fake hate crime report claiming a black attacker yelled a gay slur at him and punched him in the face. http://www.bilerico.com/2011/08/jackassery_iowa_gay_man_claims_fake_hate_crime.php
— GWU student reporter Sarah Marshak was caught on tape faking anti-Semitic hate against herself by drawing swastikas on her door. http://michellemalkin.com/2007/11/05/gwu-student-journalist-admits-hate-crime-hoax/
— 3 black students staged fake anti-African-American hate crime at the University of Mississippi, Oxford Campus http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/808363/posts
— Sandra Benson and Freeman Berry defaced their home in Jonesboro, Georgia, with racial slurs and set the house on fire in an attempt to collect more than $300,000 in insurance money for the home and personal property supposedly destroyed in the fire. The couple claimed they were targeted because Benson, a white woman, lived with a black man. http://www.usnews.com/usnews/news/articles/971103/archive_008173.htm
— Al Rubin and his son Steven were sentenced to prison for arranging to have the Hillel Community Day School, where Steven worked, vandalized with anti-Semitic slogans. The pair aimed to profit from the expected repair work. http://www.usnews.com/usnews/news/articles/971103/archive_008173.htm
— An Iranian-American woman in Fargo, N.D., reported that assailants had carved a swastika into her stomach and burned down her family’s restaurant. Less than two weeks later, she was arrested on arson and related charges. She was ultimately found not guilty “due to lack of criminal responsibility” and was committed to a psychiatric institution. http://www.usnews.com/usnews/news/articles/971103/archive_008173.htm
— DeWayne Byrdsong, a black minister in Coralville, Iowa, claimed his Mercedes-Benz had been spray-painted with racial slurs. However, local body shops reported that Byrdsong had been seeking repainting estimates before the alleged crime occurred. He was found guilty of making a false report to authorities.” http://www.usnews.com/usnews/news/articles/971103/archive_008173.htm
— Matthew Porter of Williamsport, Pa., was found guilty of arson and fraud in an attempt to collect $60,000 in insurance money. During the trial, prosecutors presented documents that Porter, a former federal prison counselor, sent to the wardens of three federal prisons and a local police chief and left at the crime scene, intended to show that the Ku Klux Klan was behind the fire. http://search.augusta.com/fast-elements.php?type=standard&profile=augustachronicle&querystring=%22MATTHEW%20PORTER%22
— Angela Jackson of Chicago, an art distributor, was indicted in connection with a scheme to make it appear as though racist UPS employees were damaging with racial epithets packages being sent to her that contained art work. She was accused of mailing the packages herself as part of an elaborate scheme in which she also mailed similarly defaced packages to notables such as the Rev. Jesse Jackson, his son U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr., U.S. Rep. Bobby Rush and Kweisi Mfume, among others. She also wrote to prominent black Members of Congress, seeking assistance in collecting from UPS, which she claimed damaged the entire African-American community through its actions. http://www.usnews.com/usnews/news/articles/971103/archive_008173.htm
— In Cooper City, Fla., Jerry and Jamie Roedel were accused of defacing their home with swastikas and other signs of vandalism to cover up a burglary they apparently staged themselves. The crime sparked an anti-hate rally that drew more than 500 people to a local synagogue. The face of Jerry, who is Jewish, was blacked out of family photographs. Jamie filed a $48,000 claim with her insurer and collected $28,000.
— Princeton University student and anti-gay activist Francisco Nava faked a hate crime claiming he was beaten and threatened because of his conservative political views. http://www.splcenter.org/get-informed/intelligence-report/browse-all-issues/2008/spring/extremist-propaganda A number of leading right-wing bloggers and commentators — most notably David Horowitz, were quick to angrily label the apparent attack on Nava a hate crime.
“The left has now become the hate group,” a pious Horowitz told The New York Sun. Horowitz posted a link to the Sun’s report about the supposed attack on Nava to his popular website, Frontpagemag.com, under the headline, “Student beaten unconscious for conservative views.” http://www.splcenter.org/get-informed/intelligence-report/browse-all-issues/2008/spring/extremist-propaganda
— Angela D. Wilburn, the wife of Ozarks Minutemen founder and militant Missouri anti-immigration activist Brian Wilburn, called 911 to report that three brown-skinned, Spanish-speaking men had broken into her mobile home. One of the intruders, she reported, had raped her and then shot her in the knee. But three days after Nava’s tale of masked leftists fell apart, Wilburn admitted her story was equally false, explaining she’d accidentally shot herself with her husband’s gun while investigating a suspicious noise. There was no rape, no break-in, and no men with brown skin. http://www.splcenter.org/get-informed/intelligence-report/browse-all-issues/2008/spring/extremist-propaganda
—Memphis police officer Sgt. Norman Benjamin described his shooter as a Hispanic man who stole his gun, then pulled the trigger. Memphis Police Director Toney Armstrong later said investigators believed Benjamin actually had been shot during a domestic argument by a woman with whom he was romantically involved. http://racismdaily.com/2011/09/11/memphis-mayor-calls-officers-false-accusations-a-hate-crime/
— In Louisiana, Sharmeka Moffitt said three random men in white hoodies doused her with flammable liquid and torched her while she was walking. Then they marked KKK on her car. It turned out to be a hate crime hoax and she faked the attack. http://www.examiner.com/article/did-sharmeka-moffitt-really-fake-hate-crime-attack
— In Nebraska, Charlie Rogers claimed that three men carved anti-gay slurs into her arms and stomach. Investigation showed that she had faked the hate crime. http://www.examiner.com/article/woman-found-guilty-of-faking-hate-crime
Bogus hate crimes all the rage, Mark Potok http://www.salon.com/2012/10/24/bogus_hate_crimes_all_the_rage/
Fake ‘Hate’ Crimes Embarrass Far Right http://www.splcenter.org/get-informed/intelligence-report/browse-all-issues/2008/spring/extremist-propaganda
FBI Hate Crime Statistics Vastly Understate Problem http://www.splcenter.org/get-informed/intelligence-report/browse-all-issues/2005/winter/hate-crime
FBI Reports Dramatic Spike in Anti-Muslim Hate Violence, Mark Potok http://www.huffingtonpost.com/mark-potok/fbi-reports-dramatic-spik_b_1092996.html