Brother, can you spare a hate crime hoax?
Hesham A. Ayyad, 20, told the Cleveland chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations that a driver had hurled anti-Palestinian slurs at him and hit him with his car, according to an Oct. 23. CAIR press release demanding an investigation into the incident.
Ayyad told CAIR officials that he was walking home from eating lunch near the border of Olmsted Falls and North Ridgeville around 4:10 p.m. when a vehicle slowed down beside him and the driver yelled statements like “Kill all Palestinians,”and “Long live Israel,” at him, according to the press release from CAIR.
“The driver then allegedly turned around and hit the man while shouting ‘DIE!’” CAIR wrote.
Sounds plausible. What Jewish man doesn’t drive around shouting, “long live Israel” in Olmsted Falls?
The CAIR release included a photo of Ayyad lying in a hospital bed while wearing a neck brace.
“We hope the North Ridgeville Police Department and the FBI will collect all the information they need to charge this individual with a hate crime,” Faten Odeh, CAIR-Ohio, Cleveland Interim Executive Director, said at the time.
I hope so too.
Investigators reviewed video footage from the area and concluded that Ayyad had lied about being hit by the vehicle and lied about the racial slurs, police said.
Police said the “injuries sustained at the time of the incident were caused by a violent fight that the alleged victim had participated in with his brother, which was confirmed by area video surveillance.”
Ayyad was taken into custody on Tuesday and charged with making false alarms, falsification, obstructing official business, domestic violence and assault, according to Cleveland.com.
Another day, another CAIR hate crime hoax. This isn’t CAIR’s first hate crime hoax and it won’t be its last.