Here we go again. 2018 is carrying on with the despicable trend of false reports and fabrications of racist attacks.
Decade after decade, year after year, the fake reports never ends. The report from Canada of an 11-year-old Muslim girl being attacked with scissors made it's way to the top. Justin Trudeau dashed in to defend the honor of a little girl who is forced to wear hijab to prevent Muslim men from perceiving her as an immodest prostitute.
Well done, Mr. Trudeau. Does your heart go out to her now that it turns out the alleged hate crime never happened? "I felt really scared and confused," Khawlah Noman, a student at Pauline Johnson Junior Public School in Scarborough, Ont., said at a news conference Friday afternoon.
So confused, in fact, that she imagined the whole thing. Nobody attacked her, after all.
"After a detailed investigation, police have determined that the events described in the original news release did not happen," police said. "The investigation is concluded."
"These allegations were extremely serious and not surprisingly, they received national and international attention," police spokesperson Mark Pugash said in an interview.
"Investigators worked extremely hard since the allegations on Friday. They gathered evidence from a variety of sources," before concluding the story was untrue, Pugash said, adding that the girl who reported the incident will not face any legal consequences.
And so Mr. Trudeau must return his shining armor to the quartermaster once again. He said it was "good to know" the attack didn't take place after all, but attacks against Muslims are very real and a major problem in Canadian society. Except for the inconvenient fact that these crimes are so routinely fabricated, I would believe him.
The question now remains- who benefits from this kind of false allegation; and who puts up an 11-year-old child and her younger brother to make the claim in the first place?
Khawlah's mother, Saima Samad, was by her side as she spoke to reporters after the initial complaint on Friday:
"I'm just happy she's safe," said Samad, her voice breaking. "I don't know why he did that, but it's just not Canada."
You are correct, Mrs. Samad. It is not Canada. This ill-thought out scheme comes from your mind, or from someone close to you, who was able to convince your children that this taqiyya was acceptable to Allah as a form of Jihad.
Amira Elghawaby, a human rights advocate based in Ottawa, said she was saddened to learn that the girl's story was not true, adding it will likely only serve to embolden "those who do hold discriminatory views of Muslims."
Of course, that is the real issue. Even when the false report of a hate-crime is a fabrication designed to sow discord in society, the real problem is that people will think less of the demographic that frequently makes such claims. In December 2016, the hijab-wearing Yasmin Seweid, 18, was arrested for filing a false police report. She had claimed three Donald Trump supporters in New York attacked her and that she was called a “terrorist” on a subway train. In Michigan on Nov. 11, 2016, when a Muslim student made up allegations that a white man told her to remove her hijab else he would set her on fire. That was a false story, too.
Of course, even though according to Canadian law a crime has been committed, the police are declining to investigate.
It is right and just that hate crimes are investigated. While I am a staunch opponent of Islam and of migration to the West from Islamic nations, it is wrong to punish people just for following a genocidal death cult. The issue arises when a double standard is applied so clearly. We can be sure there would be no mercy for the hijab-cutter if he had not been a fantasy. Why are the police not so keen to prosecute someone for public mischief?
The exact motive for this fabrication may now never be known. Perhaps it is the whimsy of a child looking for attention. Perhaps it is indicative of something else entirely but the public will likely never know as the police are refusing to do their jobs. If we are to understand that an 11-year-old has made an accusation without outside influence then how did this come about? How did little Kwahlah know that her Hijab marked her out as different? How did she know it was an exploitable hot button topic with the anti-Islamophobia Bill M103 on the books?
If there was an external actor using Khawlah as a pawn, to what end was she being used?
“Heartwarming note: A friend gave her another hijab to wear,” CBC reporter Ali Chiasson tweeted from the press conference. “The one she was wearing with the 12 inch gash is with police as evidence.”
Add the fabrication of evidence of a hate crime to the list of things that aren't in the interests of the Canadian people to be investigated. So to recap- Islamophobia is illegal in Canada and the mention of this will bring the Prime Minister into immediate censorious action against his own people, but faking Islamophobia is completely fine.
I wonder what motivation there could be for fabricating such evidence? How many questions are easily answered when we recognize that in Canada, like in much of the West, the followers of Muhammad are a protected class.
As Laird Wilcox points out in the introduction to his book Crying Wolf-
What I see happening with hoaxes is a kind of "market" process: the frequency of hoaxes increases with their utility in accomplishing desired ends. When the "market" or payoff for victimization goes up, the temptation to create victimization where none exists is very strong and the temptation of exaggerating minor cases of alleged victimization is even stronger.
There is a clear social, political and potentially even a financial benefit to being a 'victim' of abuse. From the example of various women during Gamergate to the volume of tales of mild sexual impropriety that have been gathered up into the #MeToo (against Hollywood) and #TimesUp (against everyone else) campaigns, there is capital in abuse.
Maybe this is why we see an 11-year-old shoved in front of television cameras and being apologized to by the leader of a nuclear superpower. Trudeau seems hell-bent on sniffing out any crime real or imaginary committed against the Religion of Peace; would that he would at least do the due diligence of discovering the reasons why such crimes are also being fabricated. Surely, this would allow Canadians of all faiths a little peace of mind?
Luckily for Kwalah, the establishment has her back.
Attacker made 30cm cut in girl's hijab, mother says. 'I don't know why he did that. But it's just not Canada.' Says man needs to be caught, 'should get help.' Family grateful to school and police for support.— CBC News Alerts (@CBCAlerts) January 12, 2018
"What you’re doing is very wrong, you should stop doing this. I’m a kid."
An 11yr old girl should never have to experience this! This is appalling, cowardly and has no place in Canada.
We stand with you, Khawlah. This is not who we are as Canadians. https://t.co/A0whKWfcFB
Wake up Canada, your civilization is on public trial, and the judges are not your own.