Sharia Vigilante Street Justice in America

Nonie Darwish is the author of The Devil We Don’t Know; The Dark Side of Revolutions in the Middle East and President of FormerMuslimsUnited.org.


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About a year ago, I posted an Arabic language poem titled “Tears at the Heart of the Holocaust” on my website, ArabsForIsrael.com. The poem expressed its Arab author’s love for the Jewish people and his mourning over what happened to them in the Holocaust. The brave poet, Mr. Alaa Alsaegh, is an immigrant to the US from Iraq, who now lives in Missouri. Such poems did not sit well with the Muslim community, which caused Mr. Alsaegh to be alienated from it. He received threats because of his support for the Jewish people, was called an infidel and a traitor to Islam, but he continued with his writing of poems and did not take the threats too seriously.

Mr. Alsaegh, as well as Muslim critics and former Muslims who are accused of apostasy, are living under threats, but, lo and behold, if we dare to speak about our fears, we are immediately silenced and accused of being Islamophobes. The mainstream media insist that there is no need to fear Sharia or its enforcers in America and that we are exaggerating our plight from Islam. We are told that what happens in the Arab streets can never happen in the streets of America.

Tell that to Alsaegh, after the unthinkable happened to him, when on August 14, 2011 and in broad daylight and heavy traffic, he was viciously attacked on the streets of St. Louis, Missouri. According to Mr. Alsaegh, as he was driving at 10:30 in the morning on Compton St. near Park Ave., a small white car cut him off and hit his car, while another car stopped behind him. The occupants of the cars, some of whom wore security guard-type uniforms, quickly entered Alsaegh’s car, pointing a gun at him. They pushed his upper body down against the steering wheel, stabbed him and pulled off his shirt to expose his back. Then, with a knife, they carved the Star of David on his back while laughing as they recited his pro-Jewish poem. Mr. Alsaegh believes that the attackers could be Somalis, but he was not sure. After the attackers fled the scene, Mr. Alsaegh was surrounded by witnesses to the crime and was taken to the hospital. The photo representing this story was taken at the hospital.

After I learned of the attack on Mr. Alsaegh, I did not want to rush to judgment and waited until he told me that the FBI concluded that this was a hate crime. I believe that my article on this incident is the first to be reported in the media. This incident has been totally ignored by the mainstream media.

Why is it that attacks perpetrated by Muslims against Muslim infidels or honor crimes are ignored? Crimes done by Muslims against other Muslims who are considered apostates should alert the American public of what is coming to American streets if Muslims start increasing in numbers. The dirty little secret of Islamic hate and intolerance is clear from this story, and no one in the media cares to expose it and alert the American public.

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  • Dee

    Scary! Why won't the liberals admit that Islam is an anti-American Cult because it won't let it's 'members' freely quit (Isn't it illegal in America to kill someone for quitting a club?)? What about the pastor that's about to be executed in Iran? At first, they said it was because he was supposedly born into Islam. Now, they are saying he is on trial for abuse. What utter lies! Freedom is more than a precious gift – it's a costly offering that is usually paid for with blood.

  • Hedley Lamar

    Too bad he didn't have a gun. Woulda been a hoot to shoot them down like the dogs they are.

  • E. N. Mayfield, Jr.

    The marks on the man's back are clearly not knife cuts. They may be scrapes from something like a wide screwdriver. From a cynical point of view, the marks may even be from a felt marker.

  • Katie Caliente

    We are a tolerant bunch in America! We tolerate the intolerable! We could do most of these jobs ourselves. Why did we let all these kooks in? Sometimes you have to leave people where you find them.

  • elsa peña alatriste

    Es lamentable como los medios de comunicación no ponen cuando los judíos son atacados o los simpatizantes de Israel, pero cuando Israel ataca, entonces si aparece en todos los medios de comunicación amarillistas. Se debe hacer algo para parar este odio acendrado, ya que lleva a la violencia y se deben poner castigos severos para todos estos delincuentes que se amparan en el incógnito y en los cobardes ataques que lo hacen de varios contra una sola persona, eso es delincuencia.
    Es alarmante como han dejado subir el islam de tono. No es nada pasajero ni nada inocente ni es islamofobia, sino que sí hay peligro y muy grande si las autoridades no ponen un alto. El mal crece cuando no hay un verdadero castigo. Quieren intimidar a la ciudadanía para que no actúe ni hagan algo. lo ponen como un caso aislado, pero no, hay cientos de casos así, debemos pararlos denuncíandolos. El odio no es solamente contra Israel, sino contra todo lo que no es islam. Ahora han empezado contra Israel, pero luego continuarán contra todos. Que los paren las autoridades.!!!!!!!! regresarlos a sus países. y ya no permitir tanta inmigración de musulmanes.

  • Cloti

    the people was in denial, before the holocaust of the Jews by Hitler
    then they were horrified afterward, when facts overrun denial.
    Is it happening again here?

  • niceguy

    There are extremists and thugs of every religion. You can find examples of hate crimes by Christians, Muslims, Jews, Hindus, Buddhists, and everything else. You can also find offensive passages in most centuries-old holy books from most religions including the Bible, the Koran, the Book of Morman, etc. That should not be an excuse to practice descrimination against a group, 99+% of whom are peaceful, law-abiding people.

  • sams

    you can’t blame islam, or make it sound like ALL muslims are the same, just cos a group of guys attacked this man.

  • Poppakap

    It is becoming common wisdom in entertainment circles to never include a plot that makes Muslims appear anything other than wonderful for fear of lawsuits, intimidation, and threats. That a disproportionate number of entertainment executives are Jewish is a fact not lost on me.

  • garretso

    You are correct. It is cowardice.

  • Dexter Van Zile

    I am suspicious as well.