posted on Apr, 13 2012 @ 05:11 PM
The latter has turned into a major point of contention for the American Muslim community. If we acknowledge the likely possibility that Alawadi’s
death was part of a familial dispute does that mean our valid claims of anti-Muslim attacks or hate crimes will not be taken seriously? And moreover,
will we be expected, once again, to accept communal responsibility for a person committing violence who happens to share our faith?
The fact is, more than a third of American women murdered each year are killed by a person known intimately. This is regardless of race, ethnicity or
religion. According to several governmental and organizational studies these numbers increase, however, to over fifty percent when we examine cases of
immigrant women murdered.
On the other hand, according to an FBI report released last year, crimes of anti-Muslim bias account for about 13% of all religiously biased hate
crimes. Furthermore, the Council on American Islamic Relations reports that in 2009, under 6% of its total complaints were allegations of verbal and
physical threat or violence.
This means that even if we were to double the numbers for Islamophobic violence against Muslims, to account for the cases that may have gone
unreported or been misclassified, statistically a Muslim woman of an immigrant family in the United States is more likely to be killed by a member of
her family than to be attacked by a stranger for being Muslim