Hate crimes are a big business: they enable the targeted group to claim victim status, which entitles that group to fullhearted Leftist support, and a free pass for all its own enormities. That's why CAIR traffics in them, and exaggerates them. This isn't the first time that CAIR has trumpeted a hate crime that turned out to have been fabricated by the supposed victims.
CAIR doesn't say outright in this story (thanks to Andrew) that it was a hate crime. It just fans the flames of suspicion:
CAIR-OH: Blast at Arab-American Restaurant 'Suspicious'
An explosion last week at a West Chester Twp. restaurant owned by a Jordanian immigrant has members of the Arab and Muslim community worried it was ethnically motivated.
The blast was the fourth time the restaurant, Steak Thyme, 8179 Princeton-Glendale Road, had been damaged by fire since May 21.
Musa Shteiwi and his family watch as investigators gather evidence at Steak Thyme last Thursday hours before a blast would send him and his son to the hospital.
Karen Dabdoub, a spokeswoman for the local chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations, said Muslim residents of the area talked to her over the weekend about the fires and expressed concern that similar attacks could happen again.
"Anytime an attack like this happens, the perception in the Arab and Muslim community is that it is ethnically or religiously motivated," Dabdoub said. "Especially in the absence of perpetrators being caught by law enforcement, that's the fear. Until that (motivation) is discovered, people speculate, rightly or wrongly."
Investigators said they are considering the possibility the attack is a hate crime.
Here is a Cincinnati Enquirer story (thanks again to Andrew), "Manager and son blamed in shop fire," explaining that the store owners set the fire:
WEST CHESTER TWP. - The explosion and fire at the Steak Thyme Subs restaurant was part of an arson conspiracy that included the two men who were severely burned in the fire, police said Thursday.
Police have arrested Joshua Hunter, 22, of Xenia, on an arson charge related to setting the third of four fires at the restaurant on Princeton-Glendale Road in the past two months. But that's just the beginning of a tangled tale.
Police said the manager's son, Essa Shteiwi, 27, hired Hunter to set the restaurant on fire. Police also say his father, Musa Shteiwi, 57, knew about it....
Will CAIR issue a retraction?