by Tarek Fatah
As he munched on tortillas, Enrique Cervantes saw a car parked in front of his home with a young couple having sex in the backseat in broad daylight.
“I could see bodies in it, rocking around, the car shaking back and forth, and it’s not even one o’clock,” he would later describe the scene in an essay for the San Diego City Beat.
“It was a little too much for people to be spending time in the backseat while the neighbourhood kids are out riding bikes and playing tag.”
Cervantes called police, then went outside to interrupt the passion play.
Seeing him approach, the girl, an Arab teenager in a hijab, pulled a blanket over her legs and smiled while the young man in flashy attire she was with adjusted his pants.
The couple for some reason stayed at the scene until police and the girl’s mother, Shaima Alawadi, arrived to take her away.
Cervantes wrote a shouting match erupted between mother and daughter in part because the girl — who we now know as Fatima Alhimidi, 17 — was a Muslim, while her boyfriend, Rawnaq Yacub, was a Christian Iraqi.
Later, we learned Fatima jumped out of her mother’s moving car, suffering injuries that needed hospitalization.
She was protesting plans to be married to her cousin in Iraq.
This may all have been just one day in the life of America, except within months of this episode, on March 21, Shaima Alawadi, 32, a mother of five, would be murdered.
Fatima reported her mother was bludgeoned to death in her home by a racist hate monger, who left a note saying, “This is my country. Go back to yours, terrorist.”
At the time of this murder by a supposed white Islamophobe in El Cajon, California, on the other side of America the shooting death of Trayvon Martin by George Zimmerman was triggering widespread anger among African Americans.
Enter America’s Islamic watchdogs and the left wing anti-racist machinery.
CAIR (Council of American Relations), MSA (Muslim Students Association) and other pro-Muslim Brotherhood groups entered the fray, planning to link Shaima Alawadi’s murder with the Trayvon Martin killing.
Campaigns called “Hoodies and Hijabs” and “One million Hijabs for Shaima” were launched. Alarmist language was used, spreading fear among American Muslims their lives were in danger.
CAIR, in a statement on its website, said Shaima Alawadi had been singled out for the attack because she wore the hijab: “Our community does face a lot of discriminatory, hate incidents. They should take these threats seriously and definitely call local law enforcement.”
However, the bubble soon burst. A police report said the attacker was not a white male, but “a skinny dark-skinned male” who was seen running from the area of Alawadi’s house on the morning of the murder.
Then it was disclosed the murdered woman was seeking a divorce. Instead of a hate crime, the possibility of an honour killing was now being considered.
The Muslim groups have since gone into full retreat. Their latest campaign is to ensure “honour killing” does not appear in the media, but rather “domestic violence.”
In the meantime, the possible suspects are all out of the U.S., ostensibly to bury Shaima in Iraq.
Was America conned?