Hate crime is a booming business in America today: both Leftists and their Muslim allies are making as much of use of hate crimes as they possibly can in order to discredit President Trump and his supporters, as well as foes of jihad terror and Sharia oppression, as racist, redneck, violent yahoos who deserve no place in the public square. There’s just one problem: actual hate crimes against Leftists and Muslims are so thin on the ground that they have to be invented in order to keep this failing narrative alive. And this past week brought a veritable bumper crop of faked hate.
The biggest fake hate crime, of course, was that of Juan M. Thompson, a former reporter for Glenn Greenwald’s hard-Left publication The Intercept, who was arrested Friday for several bomb threats to Jewish Community Centers and other Jewish organizations – threats that the establishment propaganda media, of which Thompson was so recently a part, widely blamed on Trump supporters.
Not only is Thompson a Leftist journalist; he is also a Muslim, having announced his conversion to Islam on Twitter in November 2016. That gives the revelation that he was behind the threats to the Jewish organizations (even as he was decrying them on Twitter) even more of a frisson: not only is Thompson filled with the fanatical hatred that he professes to deplore among conservatives, and not only has he shown himself to be chillingly unscrupulous in his quest to defame and destroy his political foes, and not only does he illustrate the mendacity of Leftist journalists in general, but in the process of illustrating all this he also turns out to be a poster child for Leftist and Islamic Jew-hatred. Juan M. Thompson took matters farther than his former colleagues at The Intercept, but he and they share the same mindset, worldview, and goals.
Thompson was not alone. Montreal was abuzz last week over a bomb threat against Muslim students at Concordia University, sent from a group called the Council of Conservative Citizens of Canada. More of that “Islamophobia” that the Trudeau government is poised to condemn? Not quite. On Thursday, a Muslim named Hisham Saadi was charged, according to the CBC, with “carrying out a hoax regarding terrorist activity, uttering threats and mischief in connection with the Concordia University bomb threat Wednesday.” Saadi was apparently the only member of the Council of Conservative Citizens of Canada, and was not conservative at all. (The CBC didn’t say whether or not he was a Canadian citizen.)
Nonetheless, at least one of those Muslim students appeared determined to keep the hoax alive. Aouatif Zebiri, a member of Concordia’s Muslim Students’ Association (a Muslim Brotherhood organization) claimed that it had yet to be determined whether or not Saadi was actually a member of the Council of Conservative Citizens of Canada, and if that group had really sent the letter. The CBC reporter to which she spoke didn’t ask her about the numerous anti-Muslim hate crimes that have turned out to have been faked by Muslims.
Meanwhile, at the University of California at San Diego, students were horrified and outraged by posters that appeared on campus ordering the internment of Muslims. The posters read: “All Muslim persons, both alien and non-alien, will be evacuated from the above disignated [sic] area by 12:00 o’clock noon Wednesday, April 8, 2017. No Muslim person will be permitted to enter or leave the above discribed [sic] area after 8:00 a.m., Thursday, April 2, 2017, without obtaining special persmission [sic] from the Provost Marshal at the Civil Control Station…”
Oh, the Islamophobia! However, NBC San Diego reported that “the alleged creator of the flyers said they weren’t meant to be ‘anti-Muslim,’ but designed to ‘shock and anger people’ by using the Japanese internment as a cautionary tale. ‘The posters were meant to mimic the internment posters because I wanted to shock/anger people and to show them what could happen if they didn’t do anything to stop it. It was a warning presented as a possible future.’”
It worked: people were indeed shocked and angered, but not, at least from the looks of the NBC San Diego story, over the prospect of the internment of Muslims, but apparently over the fact that this fellow was so insensitive as to remind these snowflakes of a traumatic historical event.
In any case, the key point here is that absolutely no one in or around the Trump administration is proposing or contemplating proposing the internment of Muslims. These posters were just hysterical fearmongering designed to prevent the President from taking the legal and reasonable actions he actually has proposed in order to protect Americans from jihad violence.
Despite the high and increasing frequency of hate crimes that turn out to have been faked, however, the establishment media remains completely indifferent to this phenomenon. Of course, expecting the New York Times and CNN and the Washington Post to report on the full extent of fake hate crimes would be like expecting a drug dealer to expatiate on the evils of drug addiction. And so next week, there will be still more fake hate crimes.
Robert Spencer is the director of Jihad Watch and author of the New York Times bestsellers The Politically Incorrect Guide to Islam (and the Crusades) and The Truth About Muhammad. His latest book is The Complete Infidel’s Guide to Iran. Follow him on Twitter here. Like him on Facebook here.