CAIR Still Trying to Blame Muslim Honor Killing on "American Racism"

Shaima Alawadi's husband beat her to death with a tire iron.

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There was a time when the left was quite interested in Shaima Alawadi, back when they fell for her husband's lie that she had been killed by some anti-Muslim bigot... instead of by him.

When Shaima Alawadi was found beaten to death in her own dining room with a tire iron, CAIR and countless Muslim organizations rejoiced, and not just for the usual reason that Muslims rejoice when a woman is murdered.

A note lying on the floor read, “Go back to your country, you terrorist;” which clearly meant that Shaima Alawadi’s murder was a hate crime.

The truth about the murder of Shaima Alawadi was that she wasn’t murdered by someone who hated Islam, but by a Muslim, in keeping with the teachings of Islam which permit husbands to beat their wives.  Shaima Alawadi was indeed murdered because of her Hijab, not because of prejudice against her Hijab, but because of the misogynistic culture that the Hijab represents.

Like so many Muslim women, Shaima Alawadi was murdered in an honor killing by her husband. Like so many Muslim women, she was forced into an arranged marriage at a young age, 15, and lived an unhappy life. Like so many Muslim women, she perpetuated the generational oppression of women, passing on the same misery to her unhappy daughters. And like so many Muslim women, when her desire for freedom conflicted with the Islamic patriarchy, she was murdered for it.

Then the truth came out and the left lost interest in Shaima once they learned that her killer was a Muslim. But CAIR is still trying to keep the lie alive.

The Chicago Monitor, which is a front site for CAIR in Chicago, featured an article claiming that "Shaima Alawadi was beat to death inside her home and left next to a note that read, 'This is my country. Go back to yours, terrorist.' She was a 32-year-old mother of five who had left her country, Iraq, with her family following the Shiite uprisings, in hopes of finding peace in El Cajon, CA. These two now-lifeless Americans represent the true victims of America’s inherent racism and prejudice."

Right. America's inherent racism and prejudice.

New information in the Shaima Alawadi murder case in El Cajon, Calif., suggests that the family was cracking over a forced marriage for daughter Fatima, 17, and that Alawadi herself was preparing to divorce her husband. If female freedom turns out to be at the heart of the murder, it will highlight not so much the intolerance of Muslim immigrants by Americans, but the cultural restrictions on women in those communities and what happens when those restrictions clash with the relatively permissive rules of Western society.

Alawadi, 32, belonged to a culture in which families choose husbands for their daughters at a young age, and the daughters have no say in it. She was married by the age of 15. She had produced five children with her husband Kassim Alhimidi, who moved his family to the U.S. 17 years ago. Police executing search warrants on the family’s house, cars and phones found documents in Alawadi’s car indicating she was planning to get divorced.

What’s more, Alawadi’s 17-year-old daughter seems to have been rebelling against her own forced marriage. According to court documents revealed in the New York Times, Alawadi’s eldest daughter, Fatima, was found in a car with a 21-year-old man. After her mother picked her up, Fatima said “I love you, Mom” and jumped out of the car going 35 m.p.h., sustaining injuries. While recovering in the hospital, Fatima told authorities that she was being forced to marry a cousin in Iraq — not the man with whom she’d been in the car.


Kassim Al-Himidi, 49, faces charges of first degree murder in the beating of his wife, Shaima Alawadi, 32. On Thursday, he broke down in court as his daughter described finding her mother lying in a pool of blood.

Fatima testified that her parents' marriage started experiencing trouble in August 2011. Things really got bad in January, she said.

Her mother had planned to get a divorce and move to Texas, Fatima said. She testified that her father saw the divorce papers and laughed at her mother. She said her mother was furious that he wasn't taking her seriously.

Then after her mother's death, Fatima testified she heard Al-Himidi say he had thrown objects out of his van "shoes and a metal thing."

"He said yes, that he did throw it away because he was afraid that the cops will suspect it was him," she testified

On Thursday, the victim's brother, Hasseneen Alawadi, told NBC 7 he knows Al-Himidi is guilty.

"We know the truth, but it has to be proven here in court today. The truth is, Kassim Al-Himihi killed my sister," said Hasseneen.

"When [Shaima] left home for two days [before her murder], she was coming to my house, to me and my other brother's house, to run away from him [Al-Himidi]," he added.

On Friday, a judge ordered Al-Himidi to stand trial for the murder of his wife. The trial is set to begin next month. If convicted, Al-Himidi faces 26 years to life in prison.

But don't expect CAIR to stop telling the same lies.