Police Nab Suspect in Missouri Mosque Fire

Last night I saw this news from three days ago posted at an Arabic news site:

FBI Investigates Fire That Damaged Missouri Islamic Center

The FBI is offering a $5,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of anyone connected to a fire that badly damaged an Islamic center in southeastern Missouri and that coincided with the start of a holy month for Muslims.

[….]

The Missouri chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations, a Muslim advocacy group, said the fire began at the front door of the building. CAIR noted the timing of the blaze – Thursday night was the beginning of Ramadan, a holy month during which Muslims fast and pray.”

Because the fire was deemed `suspicious,´ and because it occurred at a house of worship on a significant religious date, we urge law enforcement authorities to investigate a possible bias motive for the blaze,” CAIR’s national communications director, Ibrahim Hooper, said in a statement.

Now I see this morning that the police have charged a man caught on a surveillance video.

Grants for cameras….

I guess he was not aware that the feds give out grant money for houses of worship across America to purchase surveillance cameras.  See here.

 

From the St. Louis Post Dispatch:.

Cape Girardeau police arrest man in connection with Islamic Center fire

CAPE GIRARDEAU — Nicholas J. Proffitt, 42, of Cape Girardeau, has been arrested and charged in an arson fire Friday at an Islamic Center, police said.

Nicholas J. Proffitt, 42, of Cape Girardeau, in a mugshot provided by police.

Police in Cape Girardeau said Proffitt was in custody Monday and being held on a a no-bond warrant. He was charged with first-degree arson, first-degree burglary and first-degree property damage.

The fire happened Friday morning, on the first morning of Ramadan, a Muslim holy month during which Muslims fast and pray. The center for Muslims to gather is at 298 North West End Boulevard in Cape Girardeau.

About 12 to 15 people were evacuated from the scene of the fire early Friday but no injuries were reported, Cape Girardeau Fire Chief Travis Hollis said. The building had significant damage.”

 

By the way, there is some news in the case of the hate phone call received by  Amani al-Khatahtbeh who is running for Congress in NJ.  No arrests, but over 200 women leaders have condemned the act.  Not a surprise that these three signed the letter:  Congresswoman Rashida Tlaib, Congresswoman Ilhan Omar, and Linda Sarsour.

NJ: Muslim Candidate for Congress Says She is Getting Death Threats

And, CAIR has come to her rescue.

Update April 29: No arrests yet, but 200 women leaders have condemned the act.

From InsideNJ:

CAIR-NJ Calls on FBI to Probe Death Threat Targeting Family of Muslim Congressional Candidate

(SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ, 4/22/2020) – The New Jersey chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-NJ) today called on state law enforcement authorities and the FBI to probe a death threat targeting the family of Muslim congressional candidate Amani al-Khatahtbeh.***

On the evening of April 21, Al-Khatahtbeh reportedly received a phone call from an unknown number threatening to kill her and her family. She received the threat shortly after a virtual town hall she hosted on Instagram.

The caller said in part: “Your parents live at [address]. I will f**king kill them and. . .I will torture them and feed them bacon and f**king pork…As soon as you get off the phone, I’ll f**king go to his house…“Ni**er, you’re Muslim, you f**king ugly Arab Muslim. You terrorist.”

In a statement, CAIR-NJ Executive Director Selaedin Maksut said:

“The chilling death threat exemplifies how Muslim candidates are especially targeted during election cycles.

https://www.launchgood.com/campaign/strengthening_cairnjs_fight_against_islamophobia#!/

“We know Islamophobia follows election cycles and is often exacerbated and amplified by the negative rhetoric of political leaders.

“At a time in which our nation is facing an alarming rise in xenophobia, Islamophobia and racism, it is sadly no surprise to see such horrific calls.

These death threats have become all too common for Muslim candidates, but we must not allow ourselves to be numbed by their frequency.

“Political leaders must denounce such hatred in order to protect the safety of Muslim Americans and all minority communities.”

More here.

***Inspired by the success of her role model, Rep. Ilhan Omar, she is running against longtime Democrat incumbent Frank Pallone in the Sixth Congressional District.

In 2018 Rutgers graduate Al-Khatahtbeh explained how bad she has had it in New Jersey as a Muslim woman.

 

By the way, when you put yourself out there, expect blow back. I recently got a hate mail letter in my post office box—the author said he was going to rape me and sue me for being a Nazi.  It was unclear from the letter which punishment would be meted out first!

Would someone keep an eye on this story. Just search for her name every few days and see if any additional news turns up.  Let’s see if someone is arrested for making a death threat.

Mississippi: Another Hate Crime Hoax Aimed at Trumpsters Unravels

In case you missed it!

“Leave N****r’

 

From Bizpacreview:

Mississippi man falsely reports racist, pro-Trump graffiti on his car, meets up with KARMA

A Mississippi man has been charged with insurance fraud after claiming his vehicles were spray-painted with racist, pro-Trump graffiti last month.

Trumaine Foster was arrested for the hate crime hoax on Friday by Southaven police, charged with insurance fraud and tampering with evidence following a report in early February that his two vehicles had been vandalized, WREG-TV reported.

Foster said he woke up on Feb. 4 to find one of his vehicles had “N****r” spray-painted on it, while another car had “Leave N****r’ and “Trump” painted along its side. A local pastor and resident of the community where Foster lives expressed his shock over the act in an interview with WREG at the time, saying the incident was in no way an “indictment” of Southaven.

The good pastor immediately concluded that indeed there was a racist Trumpster in their midst.

“This had to be unnerving for a quiet family to come out to their cars and see what they saw there,” Pastor Vincent McCaskil said.

“It’s time for us as believers to truly speak up and speak out against it,” he added. “We cannot remain silent against this.”

Continue reading to see how Foster’s hoax went terribly wrong—for him.

 

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African Woman Assaults Mom at Bus Stop Because She “Hates Whites”

I’m guessing at the outset that the attacker is a Somali, just a guess.  And, if she is, this news could have been posted at Refugee Resettlement Watch this morning along with a post there about a Somali teen attacking his white neighbor and walking free.

Hate crime charges being brought against Nimo Jire Kalinle.

From the New York Post:

Woman punched stranger at Oregon bus stop because she hates ‘white people’: court docs

A black woman is facing hate crime charges in Oregon for allegedly attacking a mom at a bus stop while saying that she hated “white people,” court documents show.

One more ‘new American’ we welcomed to live among us. Well, not we, but the US State Department.

Nimo Jire Kalinle, 42, on Jan. 19 began punching Janae Jordan in the face after getting off a bus at a stop in North Portland, where the victim had been waiting with her husband and young daughter, according to court documents obtained by The Oregonian.

“It’s because you’re white and I hate white people,” Kalinle told Jordan when the woman asked why she was attacking her, a probable cause affidavit shows.

The victim’s husband stepped in and restrained Kalinle, who is black, until cops arrived, KPTV reports.

Jordan told investigators she did not know Kalinle and had never met her prior to the alleged bias attack, the station reports.

Kalinle, who was taken into custody Sunday, was later indicted on multiple criminal counts in the bus stop assault, including first-degree bias crime, felony assault and interfering with public transportation. She pleaded not guilty to those charges Monday, KPTV reports.

Kalinle was arrested after failing to show up for a Feb. 5 arraignment, prompting authorities to issue a bench warrant for her arrest in the bus stop beatdown, The Oregonian reports.

I expect that when she appears in court on March 6th, we will hear that she is mentally incompetent just like the punk in Missouri which begs the question, what happened to “robust vetting?”

Aren’t we weeding out the mentally impaired?  I know the answer—we are not blocking the admission of migrants who need mental health treatment.

This story reminds me of the 2016 story  at RRW about a Somali woman attacking a white woman in her own yard with a flag pole.  I think that Somali refugee woman is still on the loose.

Vermont: Hate Crime Charges for Phone Message Deemed Harrassment

“We welcome the hate crime charges in this case and urge law enforcement authorities in Vermont and nationwide to take similar actions in response to any bias-motivated or anti-immigrant attacks.”

(CAIR National Communications Coordinator Ayan Ajeen)

You are probably like me!

First question is: What the heck did 24-year-old Vermonter, Chase Atkins, say in a phone message to warrant hate crime charges, and to draw the attention of the Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR)?

But we aren’t being told exactly what he said!  (We have a picture though!).

From the Burlington Free Press:

Addison County man accused of harassing Migrant Justice members

An Addison County man has been accused of harassing members of Migrant Justice, a Vermont-based organization that advocates for farmworkers and immigrant rights. [Be sure to see Migrant Justice’s website—ed]

Atkins could get two years in jail for the phone call!

Chase Atkins, 24, of Addison was issued a citation to appear in Vermont Superior Court in Middlebury in November, Vermont State Police said. He is expected to be charged with disturbing the peace by using a telephone or electronic communications with a hate crime enhancement.

The accusations stem from incidents that occurred in late August. Police say Atkins was visiting a farm on Vermont 22A in Addison at the time, and during his visit, he let the air out of the tires of a Migrant Justice member’s car. The tires were later re-inflated, and no damage was caused.

Police say that several days later, Atkins left a voicemail for Migrant Justice in which he told them not to return to the farms. State police said the message “would have left a reasonable person to feel threatened and intimidated.”

On Sept. 12, Atkins spoke with members of the Vermont State Police about the incident. The Addison County State’s Attorney’s Office then decided to pursue charges.

The Vermont State Police have notified the Vermont Attorney General’s Office under the Bias Incident Reporting System, police said.

Earlier this month, the Associated Press reported that three other people had also been accused of vandalism and harassment targeted at Migrant Justice members in Addison County during the same late August time period.

So the feud began over access to a local fishing area!

Migrant Justice posted on Facebook in August that for a few nights, a group surrounded farmworkers’ houses, yelled insults, broke windows and air conditioning units and returned later to fire guns into the air.

Police have said that those offenses appeared to be part of a feud between local farm families that started as a dispute over access to a fishing area.

Here, jumping on the bandwagon, is an overjoyed CAIR!  As I understand it, the migrant workers at these Vermont dairy farms are Hispanic, so CAIR national’s interest tells us a lot.

From the Rutland Herald: