This murder was a very big deal for awhile among Leftists and Islamic supremacists, although now (of course) they have forgotten that it ever happened. At the time, because of the note that was found by the body saying “Go back to your country, you terrorist,” the crime was universally reported as being motivated by “Islamophobia,” and the work of an “Islamophobe” who hated Shaima Alawadi for wearing a hijab. They even staged a campaign, “One Million Hijabs for Shaima Alawadi.” When it turned out to be an Islamic honor killing and Shaima’s husband was arrested for the murder, they went silent — with no retractions or apologies, of course.
Stooping lowest, not surprisingly, was current media darling Reza Aslan, who raged in this sub-literate tweet that Pamela Geller and I were responsible for the murder:
(Can you count the errors in that one brief tweet? Remember that Pamela’s last name is Geller, not Gellar. I count four. What a prodigious scholar Reza Aslan is! He is clearly not all that bright, frequently prone to egregious errors of fact, and ignorant of basic grammar and spelling rules, but he tells the PC crowd what they want to hear, and so is feted everywhere.) Anyway, in another tweet, Aslan of course refused to apologize for smearing me for a murder. Classy guy.
The whole “hate crime” aspect of Shaima Alawadi’s murder was staged. It was apparently an Islamic honor killing for which Shaima Alawadi’s husband is now standing trial. Will the Leftists and Islamic supremacists who made so much of the hate crime now stage “One Million Hijabs Against Honor Killing”? Somehow I doubt it.
“Jury selection begins today for El Cajon man accused of fatally beating wife,” from ABC10 News, March 26:
EL CAJON – Jury selection was scheduled to begin Wednesday in the murder trial of an Iraqi man accused of fatally beating his wife in their El Cajon home after she asked for a divorce.
Opening statements in the trial of Kassim Alhimidi are expected to begin next week.
The 49-year-old defendant was arrested on Nov. 8, 2012, by El Cajon police in what was first thought to be a hate crime. His wife, 32-year-old Shaima Alawadi, was found mortally injured with at least six head wounds in their Skyview Street residence on March 21, 2012.
First-responders found a note in the home that read, “This is my country, go back to yours, terrorist.”
The couple’s 18-year-old daughter, Fatima, testified during a preliminary hearing last year that a similar threatening note was found in the family’s home on March 13, 2012, eight days before her mother was attacked.
The daughter testified that her parents started having problems in August 2011. She said her mother — a homemaker — wanted to divorce her father and move to Texas, where her family lived.
The young woman said her father laughed at her mother when she showed him court papers needed to file for a divorce. She testified that her mother would get angry when her father wouldn’t listen to her pleas for a divorce.
The witness said she was home on March 21, 2012, when she heard what she thought was a short “squeal” from her mother. She said she stayed in bed but eventually went to the kitchen to get something to eat and saw her injured mother on the kitchen floor and called 911.
The mother of five died of head injuries in a hospital three days later.
Kassim Alhimidi told police he took his four younger children to school about 7:30 a.m. the day of the attack, came home, then went for a drive around 9:30 a.m.
Fatima testified that it would be unusual for her father to go for a random drive because he was constantly complaining about the price of gas.