Feb 2 2012
[UPDATED!] Suspicious arson at Ohio State University Muslim students’ house leaves them asking, “What did we do to deserve this?”
Fortunately nobody was hurt in the fire. Too bad we can’t say the same for all the innocent Christians who have had their churches burned down and their families destroyed in every country in which Muslims are the majority.
The Lantern Mohamed Soltan expressed his disbelief and anger toward the fire, saying despite everything, he will not move from his home. “You can vandalize my house, you can egg my car, you can break my mailbox, you can burn my house down, but we’re not going anywhere, because no one has the right to strip that away from me,” Mohamed Soltan said. Authorities said investigations are ongoing and anyone with information is asked to contact the Hilliard police. Francis also said the Ohio Blue Ribbon Arson Committee is offering a $5,000 reward to anyone that offers information to help solve the case. Soltan, a sixth-year in economics at Ohio State, and his roommate Ahmed Mahmoud, a third-year in finance, were victims of arson in their Hilliard home on Martin Luther King Jr. Day. The FBI, along with the Hilliard Division of Police, have yet to identify the culprit of the arson that caused hundreds of thousands of dollars in repairs. Doug Francis, chief of police for the city of Hilliard, said the origins of the fire seemed “suspicious,” due to the lack of burn patterns, the fire’s point of origin and the use of flammable materials.”Our investigations show that there was in fact an accelerant utilized in the home, and they ruled out any natural cause of the fire, and so with utilizing their tools, they determined it was an arson,” Francis said. Francis contacted the FBI because there have been previous reports of Soltan’s home and car being painted with anti-Arab and anti-Muslim slurs. “We immediately brought in the FBI simply because if we did determine it was in fact an arson, we also wanted to look at it as a potential hate crime,” Francis said. Francis also said in order to determine the arson as a hate crime, the individual responsible for the fire must be captured. Despite media reports saying the motive behind the arson was to target the 24-year-old’s father, Salah Soltan, who is said to be a controversial Muslim scholar, Mohamed Soltan said his father’s opinions and views are “irrelevant.” (Mohamed in the video mentions that he has been a leader of the Muslim Student Association at Ohio State. Read about the MSA here: Muslim Student Association ) Francis called the arson a form of “ethnic intimidation,” and said the case is “very unique” because Hilliard has never experienced cases of hate crime in the past. “Not only has it destroyed a home, but it has provided a lot of fear in the victim and that’s what happens with these ethnic intimidation and hate crime issues,” Francis said. Jennifer Nimer, legal director for the Ohio chapter of The Council on American-Islamic Relations, said she has called the FBI to report the arson as a hate crime.
Well, well, so this is Salah Soltan, the ‘controversial’ father that Mohamed Soltan referred to in the above video. No wonder he is no longer welcome in the U.S.
FSM Salah Sultan, a prominent member of the International Union of Muslim Scholars (IUMS), has amplified his demands for violent actions against Israeli by Egyptians, this time issuing a fatwa (religious ruling) calling for the killing of the Israeli ambassador on Alzajeera TV.