Aug 15 2010
An incident last year in Ann Arbor, Michigan was originally described by Muslims from the terrorist front group CAIR as a ‘hate crime’ against an Arab-American girl. Instead, the girl was charged with disorderly conduct, and recently found guilty by a jury.
CAIR tries to label EVERYTHING a ‘hate crime.’
Last September, the start of the Ann Arbor Public Schools academic year was marred by news of a fight described as an attack on an Arab-American girl. The episode prompted the usual media blitz by the Terrorist Front Group CAIR Council on American-Islamic Relations and calls for investigations by state and federal civil rights agencies.
The tenor changed little when the Washtenaw County prosecutors office charged the alleged victim, signaling that authorities believed the then-16-year-old shared culpability in the incident. At the time, CAIR’s Nabih Ayad, a Hezbollah lawyer representing the girl, called the charge outrageous.
A jury has disagreed, and later this month the teen will be sentenced on two counts of disorderly conduct.
In all, four young people then all students at Skyline High School were charged with crimes related to the incident that began as a school bus dropped students off near their homes on Maple Avenue.
However, Ann Arbor police were unpersuaded by claims that Arab-American teens were the victims of crime motivated by bias. In fact, investigators found evidence that contradicted much of what the 16-year-old Arab-American girl had said about the altercation that left her with an injury reportedly requiring half a dozen sutures.
She was not jumped or assaulted by a mob, says Beryl Goldsweig, the assistant Washtenaw County prosecutor who tried the case. On the contrary, independent witness accounts suggested the teen was a willing participant or even aggressor in a series of scuffles with another 16-year-old girl, an African-American. No one touched her except the one other girl, says Goldsweig. It was just a fight between two kids and the jury saw that.
Ordinarily, the matter wouldnt be of much interest beyond the families of the young people involved. But in this case, CAIR and Ayad, who try to label every incident a ‘hate crime’ the girls attorney, had raised the profile and the volume:
- Detroit and local news organizations covered the story of a potential hate crime.
- The director of the state Department of Civil Rights issued a statement calling on the school district to implement conflict resolution and cultural competency programs.
- We went to the Islamic center in Ann Arbor to talk with congregants, says Dawud Walid, who heads the Michigan chapter of CAIR based in Southfield. They were very concerned.
That group got a hold of it and ran with it, says AAPS spokeswoman Liz Margolis, referring to CAIR. Ann Arbor Chronicle