by Matt Lacy –
An expert on Islamic Jihad says the recent attempts by Muslim groups to portray the tragic murders at a Sikh temple in Wisconsin as an anti-Muslim attack is hypocritical considering the long history of Muslim persecution against the group.
Following the shooting at a Sikh temple in Oak Creek, Wis., the Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR), an unindicted co-conspirator in the largest terrorism funding case in American history issued a statement in an e-mail about the shooting.
The statement simply said they “stand with their Sikh brothers and sisters.”
The e-mail then went on to suggest that the attack may have been intended to be an attack on Muslims.
Sikh men who wear beards and turbans as part of their faith are often targeted by bigots who mistake them for Muslims.” It then went on to call on mosques to review security procedures.
A similar sentiment was issued by Harris Zafar, a spokesman for the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community who tweeted “crimes against Sikhs since 9/11 driven by hatred for Muslims.”
Sikhs are neither Muslim or Hindu and they have been the target of Muslim persecution throughout the world. At a protest against the Ground Zero Mosque, Bhupinder Singh Bhurji, Chairman and CEO of Namdhari Sikh Foundation and a Sikh priest appeared at the Freedom Rally at Ground Zero on Sept. 11, 2011 last year along with Pamela Geller and Robert Spencer, founders of Stop Islamization of America.
Spencer said it was part of the template for Muslims to claim the victim card even when the victims were those other than Muslims.
“CAIR was quick to suggest that this attack on the Sikhs was an anti-Muslim attack. In actuality Muslims have actually persecuted Sikhs around the world,” Spencer said.
He also took issue with Zafar’s tweet that the horrific attack was an attack on Muslims.
“He repeats the now-familiar claim that the Sikhs who were murdered a few days ago were actually mistaken for Muslims — a claim that has been substantiated by no evidence whatsoever, and is a spectacularly distasteful display of exploitation of the dead.”
Spencer notes the irony of Zafar’s linking to an article in the Huffington Post that includes an attack by a Muslim against a Sikh student in a list of hate crimes against the group.
May 24, 2007 — Queens, N.Y.: A 15-year-old student has his hair forcibly cut by an older student at his high school. The scissor-wielding 17-year-old showed the Sikh a ring inscribed with Arabic, saying, “This ring is Allah. If you don’t let me cut your hair, I will punch you with this ring.” Afterward, he cuts the younger boy’s hair. A main pillar of the Sikh faith compels followers to keep their hair uncut.
Spencer notes that the list of attacks on Sikhs left out a stabbing attack in Connecticut by a Muslim.
Abdulrahim Sulaiman reportedly attacked a Jew and a Sikh at a gas station in Mansfield.
Sulaiman attacked Jacob Brodetsky, a delivery driver while he was filling the station’s gas tanks, stabbing him in the neck, shoulder and back. He also attacked Amarbir Singh, the station’s attendant when he tried to assist Brodetsky.