The culprits were feeding into Americans' anti-Muslim hysteria simply because they did not like the victim, who is a strong feminist. Those behind the altered photo turned out to be anti-feminists linked to Gamergate who targeted him with racism and xenophobia. Fortunately, nothing serious happened with Jubbal, but one has to wonder how anyone could take the edited photo serious. Jubbal took the photo in front of a mirror. His tablet was clearly the source of the photo. With the tablet replaced by what appears to be a Koran, how could he have taken the photo?
Across the pond in England, another Muslim man was accused of being a terrorist because he was reading a book on terrorism, according to a report by the Independent. Mohammed Umar Farooq was studying a textbook on terrorism in the library at Staffordshire University when he was approached by another man who began asking him questions about homosexuality, ISIS, and al-Qaeda. He made it clear that he was against extremism, but the man, who turned out to be a university official, reported him on suspicion of being a terrorist. Farooq was wrongly accused by someone who made assumptions. Again, the official was not Muslim, but he joins the ranks of terror informants who got it very, very wrong.
Clinton's call for Muslim-Americans to become the eyes, ears, and alarm against terrorism could only make the situation worse for innocent people and ultimately radicalize those Muslims who feel marginalized.
While it is always a good idea to report anything unusual or suspicious, we must remain careful not to scapegoat others out of pure fear. Muslim-Americans who spy on their neighbors could help in the fight against terrorism, but contrary to Hillary Clinton, they shouldn't be our "partner" in crime detection.
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