Seventeen-year-old Nabra Hassanen is dead. She was murdered.
You may not have heard about her death.
In fact, unless you live in the area where the murder occurred, you would likely have to search for any information at all about her death.
If you did that, you would likely discover that the mainstream press is following two -and only two- narratives when talking about her death.
1) The ongoing discussion about whether she was victim of a hate crime, or just a plain, regular crime.
2) You will discover that, either way, she was, according to Fairfax police, the victim of a ‘road rage’ incident.
This is appalling. It is a plain and outright display of everything that is wrong with our terror-obsessed media.
We have all seen reporters or government officials breathing a collective sign of relief after concluding that this-or-that story does not warrant further discussion because it has been deemed to be ‘non-terrorist’ in nature.
They are saying plainly: Forget about the victims. Their deaths do not warrant further time or energy.
We have all seen the horrible footage of the blood-soaked bodies of ‘foreigners’ in foreign lands and wondered, deep down, why the Eiffel Tower does not bear the colors of Iraq, Syria, Libya, Afghanistan, Yemen…
We know their blood is on our hands.
We know the blood of seventeen-year-old Nabra Hassanen is also on our hands.
We are talking about the death of a teenager. A teenager who was Muslim.
If we cannot even begin to admit that she -and countless others around the world- have been murdered because of that fact we will never, ever even begin to extricate ourselves from this horrid governmental ‘rule-by-fear’ decree that has taken over not just our lives, but the lives of millions of innocent people all over the world.
And the lives of innocent teenagers who just happen to be Muslim.
21 June 2017 | Elizabeth Schulte | SocialistWorker.org
The 22-year-old Martinez Torres reportedly drove up on the group of teens, chased them, attacked Nabra, who was wearing an abaya, with a metal baseball bat, and put her in his car afterward. Nabra’s body was found in a pond later that evening, beaten to death.
Taking all these details into consideration, Fairfax County police concluded that the reason for Torres’ attack was…road rage.
Nabra’s family and friends, however, see her abduction and murder in a clearer light. “This is a hate crime,” her father, Mahmoud Hassanen, told reporters the day after the murder. “It’s racism. Getting killed because she’s Muslim.”
The Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR) is calling for an investigation. “We’d like to hear from the witnesses to the initial attack as to whether they heard any biased statements,” said Ibrahim Hooper of CAIR. “Even if not, why is this individual targeting a group of people dressed in Muslim attire? Would they have been targeted if they hadn’t been of a certain faith or ethnicity?”
Hundreds who joined a protest in Washington, D.C., on Tuesday to show their solidarity with Nabra echoed this sentiment.
“The police are saying the murder was because of road rage. Why as a Muslim do I find that hard to believe?” said Dr. Maha Hilal. “Since 9/11, Muslims have been systematically targeted and discriminated against by the U.S. government. While that has been more obvious under the Trump administration, it is nothing new.”
Al Jazeera English Police: Nabra Hassanen killed in ‘road rage incident’