On Tuesday Feb 10, 2015, three Muslim students were shot and killed in cold blood. Unconfirmed reports indicate that they were killed with gunshots to the head, execution style.
Rest in paradise:
Deah Shaddy Barakat, 23
Yusor Mohammad, 21
Razan Mohammad Abu-Salha, 19
Things like this are always hard to swallow. But can it really come as such a surprise to the Muslim communities within the United States? We’ve been increasingly harassed since Sept. 11, 2001 and though we’ve voiced our concerns of safety repeatedly, we’ve been outvoiced by ever rampant right-wing anti-Islam groups. We’ve been outvoiced by a media that relentlessly attacks and dehumanizes Muslims. Is it really a surprise that our voices are yet again ignored in the wake of the murders of the 3 beautiful Muslims pictured above?
Our communities and Muslims all over are not terrified for just any old reason. It’s because attacks, murders, threats against us have been made, repeatedly, that we genuinely fear for our lives. Today is no different.
Anti-Muslim Incidents Since 2001:
Sept. 15, 2001 – Mesa, Arizona
Balbir Singh Sodhi, a 49-year-old Sikh and native of India, was fatally shot outside his gas station by Frank Silva Roque, who mistakenly believed Sodhi was Muslim. Roque then allegedly fired shots at a man of Lebanese descent working at another gas station, and at an Afghan family’s residence.
Waqar Hasan, a 46-year-old Pakistani immigrant, was shot to death in his convenience store. Mark Stroman, who allegedly said he was angry with people of Middle Eastern descent after the 9/11 terrorist attacks, was charged with Hasan’s murder. Stroman was also charged with the Oct. 4 murder of Vasudev Patel, a 49-year-old native of India, at a gas station convenience store in Mesquite, Texas.
Abdo Ali Ahmed, a 51-year-old Yemeni man, was shot to death outside his convenience store. Two days earlier a note reading, “We’re going to kill all (expletive) Arabs,” was left on his car windshield.
William Reeves, 18, was sentenced to four to 12 years in prison for setting fire to a Sikh temple in November 2001.
John Yang, 25, was charged with second-degree criminal mischief, second-degree menacing and fourth-degree criminal possession of a dangerous weapon for allegedly threatening to shoot two Muslim brothers while yelling racial slurs. Anti-Muslim epithets were also spray-painted on the family’s property.
Brent D. Seever, 38, was sentenced to life in prison for killing an Arab-American man after the 9/11 terrorist attacks.
David Nolette, 15, and Scott Cannady, 17, were sentenced to up to 40 years in prison for the baseball beatings of two Muslim men in March 2001. Nolette and Cannady were also ordered to pay $563,000 in restitution to one victim and $850 to the other.
Dr. Robert Goldstein, 37, was charged with possessing destructive devices and attempting to damage and destroy buildings by means of explosive devices after a police search of his residence turned up 20 homemade explosive devices, two light rockets, a sniper rifle, an assortment of assault rifles and 25,000 rounds of ammunition. Also found was a plan to target Islamic Centers in Florida, with the objective to “Kill all ‘rags’ at this Islamic Education Center.”
Sanjay Nair, an 18-year-old Hindu man, allegedly raped a 15-year-old Muslim girl and made derogatory comments about her religion.
Two men allegedly attacked a 17-year-old Middle Eastern teenager because of his ethnicity while accusing him of being in the Taliban and blaming him for the 9/11 terrorist attacks.
A fireworks device was thrown into a Palestinian Muslim family’s van. Eric K. Nix, 24, was convicted in 2006 of arson, criminal property damage and committing a hate crime.
Three men were arrested for allegedly hog-tying, beating and stabbing a pizza deliveryman because they mistakenly believed he was Muslim.
Two women and a man allegedly attacked a Muslim woman, yanking on her headscarf and calling Muslim people violent, reportedly in reaction to the commuter-train bombing in Spain.
A note reading “Kill them all in the name of Allah” was left in an Islamic Center’s mailbox.
Troy Carter Anderson, 24, was charged with a hate crime and assault causing bodily injury for allegedly punching a Middle Eastern woman outside a bar and calling her a derogatory name.
A woman and her toddler were allegedly assaulted by their neighbor, who yelled racial slurs and screamed, “You Arabs, I’m going to get you back for Sept. 11.” William Brown, 62, was charged with two counts of aggravated assault and one count of bias intimidation
The letters “KKK” and the words “Kill Muslim” were spray-painted on a Pakistani man’s garage door.
Anti-Islamic epithets were spray-painted on a Bosnian family’s residence that was then set afire.
A chemical bomb was tossed from a car at a mosque. The bomb landed near two people associated with the Albanian American Islamic Center.
An Iranian-American nail salon owner was allegedly beaten by two robbers who called her a “terrorist” and scrawled anti-Muslim messages on a mirror in her shop.
Manuel Urango was found guilty of first-degree murder in the 2006 death of Alia Ansari, an Afghan-born mother of six. Ansari was killed allegedly because of her Muslim heritage.
Edward Campbell, 42, was charged with one count of malicious harassment after he allegedly called a store clerk, whom he believed was Muslim, a terrorist and struck him on the head with a can of beer.
An Islamic school was sprayed with bullets.
Ali Abdelhadi Mohd, 51, a native of Jordan, was found burned to death in his family’s vacant house that had been set afire. Mohd was at the residence to clean anti-Arab and white supremacist graffiti that had been scrawled inside. A mosque on the family’s property also was set afire in 2007.
A homemade pipe bomb exploded at an Islamic Center
Signs reading, “Wake up America, the enemy is here,” were left at an Islamic Center.
Michael Enright, 21, allegedly slashed a taxi driver’s neck and face after Enright discovered the man was Muslim. Enright was charged with attempted murder, assault as a hate crime and possession of a weapon.
A Muslim woman and her 4-year-old son were allegedly attacked by a man who called her “a terrorist,” punched her in the face and tried to hit her son.
A Muslim woman shopping with her two children was allegedly threatened by a man who claimed he had killed Muslims and planned to kill more and that he had a concealed weapon. The man was charged with felony malicious harassment.
Bradley Kent Strott, 52, allegedly stabbed a 57-year-old Muslim man during a conversation at a bar after the man told Strott he was a Muslim. Strott, who allegedly said, “Muslims are the root of the problem” during the attack, was charged with hate crime aggravated battery
An Arab-American filmmaker was repeatedly punched and kicked allegedly by four men who used racial slurs during the attack. The incident occurred after the man, who had entered a residence while looking for a party, told the men his name was Usama.
Mohammed Gebeli, 65, Muslim Egyptian immigrant was found dead in the back of his Bay Ridge shop.
Isaac Kadare, 59, Jewish Egyptian man mistaken to be Muslim found dead with shot to head and slashes to the neck in his store.
Several shots were fired on a mosque during a Ramadan service.
Rahmatolla Vahidipour, a Jewish Iranian man thought to be Muslim, was found shot to death in his store.
Ahmad Bashir, 57, was stabbed multiple times outside a Queens mosque by a man who was shouting Anti-Muslim sentiments to him, including “I’m going to kill you Muslim.”
Elderly Muslim man, 70, was beaten by two men who beforehand asked if he was Hindu or Muslim.
Sunando Sen, an Indian immigrant, was pushed by a stranger onto the tracks of an oncoming train. The perpetrator’s motivation was her desire to “commit violence against Muslims.”
Abdullah Faruque, 30, a Bangladeshi man was assaulted in the Bronx after Boston Marathon bombing, being mistaken for an Arab. Four men beat Faruque while shouting “f–king Arab.”
Palestinian woman with hijab was assaulted and aggressively harassed while walking with her infant daughter and a friend. Perpetrator shouted obscenities, “F— you Muslims! You are terrorists! I hate you! You are involved in the Boston explosions! F— you!”