On December 2, 2015, 14 were killed and 22 seriously injured following the detonation of a bomb and mass shooting at the hands of two Muslim immigrants from Pakistan. An attack which ISIS took credit for, as they are always quick to do. Some of San Bernardino’s residents, The Guardian reports, feared anti-Muslim hate speech and “hate crimes” in the days afterwards, citing some Muslim women who were wearing headscarves “were stared at.”
The Guardian continues:
Last December, San Bernardino County health inspector Syed Farook and his Pakistan-born wife Tashfeen Malik opened fire on a meeting of Farook’s colleagues, and were killed in a shootout with police. Investigators said the assailants were inspired by the Islamic State group.
Afterward, residents of San Bernardino said they couldn’t believe such an attack could happen in a struggling community with a rundown downtown. Many feared it would only spur a rise in hate crimes in a city of 216,000 people already down on its luck.
The attack was called the “deadliest since 9/11” by reports at the time of the massacre. That tagline has since been discontinued following the murder of 50 people at Pulse Nightclub in Orlando, Florida. An attack which ISIS also took credit for, and was also at the hands of a Muslim extremist.
On Monday, an Ohio State University Student named Abdul Artan, also a Muslim extremist, injured 11 of his fellow students and Ohio State staff members after ramming into a busy sidewalk and then slashing passersby with a butcher knife.
With emphasis added by The American Revenant, The Guardian continues:
After a major event, such as a terror attack, hate crimes tend to increase, Levin said. But while there were eight anti-Muslim crimes reported in the five days after the 2 December shooting, none of them occurred in the city of San Bernardino, he said.
Ayman Taleb, the director of a mosque in nearby Riverside, regularly holds “open mosque” nights and invites visitors to ask questions. He hopes to combat fear with knowledge, even though he hasn’t heard of any uptick in hateful incidents since arriving in the community.
“I thank God every day that nothing does happen,” he said.
“I just kind of didn’t understand how people could be that ignorant about another religion” and blame an entire community, the daughter of one of the 14 killed, Kate Bowman said.
Scrolling down the list of “misunderstanders” of the Islamic faith in alphabetical order, these are just 11 of the hundreds of names taken at random:
Jamie Paulin Ramirez (“Jihad Jamie”): Conspiracy to provide material support to terrorists. (Pennsylvania)
Jamil Salem Sarsour: Sarsour structured a $25,000 money transfer on October 22, 1998. He then traveled to Israel, and was arrested upon his arrival. Sarsour pleaded guilty to providing support to Hamas, and served prison time before being deported back to the United States. (Wisconsin)
Jamshid Muhtorov: Providing and attempting to provide material support to a designated foreign terrorist organization. (Colorado)
Javed Iqbal: Providing material support to Hezbollah, and distributing broadcasts of Al Manar, Hezbollah’s TV station. (New York)
Jeffrey Leon Battle: Pleaded guilty to conspiracy to levy war against the United States. (Oregon)
Jehad Mostafa: Providing funding and recruits to al-Shabaab, a Somalian terrorist group with ties to al Qaida. (California)
Jihad Hammoud: Participation in an illegal enterprise designed to finance terrorism. (Michigan)
John Muhammad: Murdering Americans by sniper fire. (Virginia, Maryland, District of Columbia) (Deceased)
John Walker Lindh, convert to Islam: Providing support to terrorists.
Jose Padilla, aka Abdullah al-Muhajir: Terrorism conspiracy. (Florida)
Joseph Jeffrey Brice, convert to Islam: Manufacturing a powerful improvised explosive device (IED). According to federal sources, Brice also created a jihadi website and used it to post bomb-making tips and videos. Warrants allege Brice set up a YouTube channel under the pseudonym “StrengthofAllah” and posted videos of explosions and jihad-related content. Some of the videos, according to the FBI, were embedded with the Islamic logo of al Qaida of Iraq. (Washington State)