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:
In another tweet containing yet another adolescent insult, Aslan of course refused to apologize. Very classy guy, Aslan.
Anyway, the whole “hate crime” was staged, and it was actually an Islamic honor killing for which Shaima Alawadi’s husband is now about to stand 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.
“CAIR Still Trying to Blame Muslim Honor Killing on ‘American Racism,'” by Daniel Greenfield for FrontPage, February 9:
…The Chicago Monitor, which is a front site for CAIR in Chicago, featured an article claiming that “Shaima Alawadi was beat to death inside her home and left next to a note that read, ‘This is my country. Go back to yours, terrorist.’ She was a 32-year-old mother of five who had left her country, Iraq, with her family following the Shiite uprisings, in hopes of finding peace in El Cajon, CA. These two now-lifeless Americans represent the true victims of America’s inherent racism and prejudice.”
New information in the Shaima Alawadi murder case in El Cajon, Calif., suggests that the family was cracking over a forced marriage for daughter Fatima, 17, and that Alawadi herself was preparing to divorce her husband. If female freedom turns out to be at the heart of the murder, it will highlight not so much the intolerance of Muslim immigrants by Americans, but the cultural restrictions on women in those communities and what happens when those restrictions clash with the relatively permissive rules of Western society.Alawadi, 32, belonged to a culture in which families choose husbands for their daughters at a young age, and the daughters have no say in it. She was married by the age of 15. She had produced five children with her husband Kassim Alhimidi, who moved his family to the U.S. 17 years ago. Police executing search warrants on the family’s house, cars and phones found documents in Alawadi’s car indicating she was planning to get divorced.
What’s more, Alawadi’s 17-year-old daughter seems to have been rebelling against her own forced marriage. According to court documents revealed in the New York Times, Alawadi’s eldest daughter, Fatima, was found in a car with a 21-year-old man. After her mother picked her up, Fatima said “I love you, Mom” and jumped out of the car going 35 m.p.h., sustaining injuries. While recovering in the hospital, Fatima told authorities that she was being forced to marry a cousin in Iraq — not the man with whom she’d been in the car.
Kassim Al-Himidi, 49, faces charges of first degree murder in the beating of his wife, Shaima Alawadi, 32. On Thursday, he broke down in court as his daughter described finding her mother lying in a pool of blood.
Fatima testified that her parents’ marriage started experiencing trouble in August 2011. Things really got bad in January, she said.
Her mother had planned to get a divorce and move to Texas, Fatima said. She testified that her father saw the divorce papers and laughed at her mother. She said her mother was furious that he wasn’t taking her seriously.
Then after her mother’s death, Fatima testified she heard Al-Himidi say he had thrown objects out of his van “shoes and a metal thing.”
“He said yes, that he did throw it away because he was afraid that the cops will suspect it was him,” she testified
On Thursday, the victim’s brother, Hasseneen Alawadi, told NBC 7 he knows Al-Himidi is guilty.
“We know the truth, but it has to be proven here in court today. The truth is, Kassim Al-Himihi killed my sister,” said Hasseneen.
“When [Shaima] left home for two days [before her murder], she was coming to my house, to me and my other brother’s house, to run away from him [Al-Himidi],” he added.
On Friday, a judge ordered Al-Himidi to stand trial for the murder of his wife. The trial is set to begin next month. If convicted, Al-Himidi faces 26 years to life in prison.
But don’t expect CAIR to stop telling the same lies.