Mar 8 2011
IOWA: Iraqi filmmaker named ‘Usama’ crashes party, gets beat up – a publicity stunt for his anti-America documentary?
“I thought I was going to die,” says Muslim documentary maker who is shooting a film about the treatment of Arabs in the U.S. and claims he was attacked and called racial epithets after he wandered ‘uninvited’ into a house party.
So the police are treating the case as a hate crime. Why? They should have arrested him for trespassing or breaking and entering.
UK DAILY MAIL –Usama Alshaibi claimed he was repeatedly punched and kicked by four men after he crashed the party in the early hours of Sunday in Fairfield, an Iowa city of about 9,500 residents where he moved with his wife last year.
The 41-year-old, who was born in Baghdad but grew up in Iowa City, said the men called him an epithet used to refer to Arabs as well as ‘Osama bin Laden’ and assaulted him before he managed to escape. (Gee, won’t that’ make a nice scene in his movie?)
Alshaibi is producing a film called ‘American Arab’ for Chicago-based Kartemquin Films about discrimination against Arabs in the U.S. and there had been some suspicions that the ‘attack’ was a publicity stunt.
‘This isn’t how I would promote my film,’ Alshaibi said. ‘I thought I was going to die.’ (Riiiiiiight) He won critical praise for an earlier documentary, ‘Nice bombs,‘ about reuniting with his family during the war in Iraq.
A Fairfield police report says a video store manager called police to report a man in his parking lot crying and screaming at 12:19am on Sunday. (Drama queen)
Police found Alshaibi bleeding from his forehead and nose, with some scratches on his hands as if he had fallen to the ground. Alshaibi said he went to the hospital later on Sunday, was treated and released. (Oh yeah, that sure sounds like he was about to die)
Fairfield Police Chief Julie Harvey said yesterday that Alshaibi has been unable to pinpoint the home where the assault allegedly occurred because he was intoxicated when he arrived and disoriented when he left. (How convenient)
Imam Taha Tawil of the historic Mother Mosque of America in Cedar Rapids said he has known Alshaibi since the 1980s. ‘I don’t know if they were drunk or if there was some stupid Islamophobia going on with them, but it really hurts us and hurts the image of Iowa because we’re not like that,’ Tawil said. (Awwww, too bad, don’t crash other people’s parties where you’re not wanted)
Alshaibi said he saw a woman outside a two-story home where there was music playing when he was walking home, he asked her where the party was and she said upstairs. Alshaibi walked inside. Someone asked what his name was and he said, ‘Usama,’ and he was soon punched in the face, the report said.
He claimed that the punch knocked his glasses off, and the men kept hitting and kicking him after he tried to get away. ‘So, yeah, after getting beaten, I keep replaying it in my mind, why did I go there? Why did I go there? But I know that I didn’t deserve that, even if I was confused or if I misunderstood.’ (You got off easy)