Professional victim Linda Sarsour has been all over this case, writing in the Guardian: “A Muslim woman was set on fire in New York. Now just going out requires courage.” Her goal? “The irresponsible and rhetorical vilification of Muslims in this current election cycle is leading to violent acts against members of a faith community and it must stop.” There is no actual evidence that any “rhetorical vilification of Muslims” is leading to any violence at all. And since she and her allies regard as “rhetorical vilification of Muslims” even the mildest of counterterror efforts, their agenda is clear: they want restrictions on criticism of Islam and Muslims and the complete dismantling of any attempt to stop jihad terror.
That is the purpose behind their trumpeting of these false “hate crimes” against Muslims: to claim a victim status that will lead to the ending of counterterror efforts as supposedly being the cause of the victimization of Muslims.
Will Sarsour now apologize and retract? Don’t hold your breath.
“Muslim woman set on fire in New York not targeted due to faith: police,” by Laila Kearney, Reuters, September 14, 2016 (thanks to Steve):
New York police investigating an attack in which a Muslim woman’s clothing was set alight are no longer probing the case as a hate crime after linking the suspects to similar assaults on non-Muslims, authorities said on Wednesday.
A man who was part of a group set fire to the 35-year-old woman’s traditional Islamic attire as she window shopped outside a luxury clothing store in Midtown Manhattan on Saturday, police said in a statement. The victim quickly patted out the flames and was unharmed.
Police said they initially believed the crime, committed a day before the 15th anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks, may have been prompted by what the woman was wearing.
After further investigation, officers determined that at least three other women were threatened with fire by the same group of suspects on Tuesday, police said. Those women were not wearing Muslim clothing.
“The motivation for these crimes is not considered to be ‘bias-related’ at this time,” police said….