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Shaima Alawadi: Iraqi Muslim Woman Severely Beaten, Note Near Her Body Read, “Go back to your own country. You’re a terrorist.”



Shaima AlAwadi

A hijab wearing Iraqi woman has been severely beaten and is not expected to recover from a violent attack on her inside of her home near San Diego.

Apparently this was a premeditated attack. A similar note to the one found by Shaima Alawadi’s body was found by the Alawadi family earlier this month, but the family dismissed it as a “prank.”

USAToday reports:

A family friend, Sura Alzaidy, told the newspaper UT San Diego that the attack apparently occurred after the father took the younger children to school.

Was someone scoping the house out before the attack, waiting for an opportune moment to strike?

A woman’s life has most likely been taken as she is not expected to survive the gruesome attack. What motivated this individual to do something so grisly? If what Alzaidy told the newspaper is true, and we see no reason why it wouldn’t be, clearly we are witnessing an attack motivated by hatred and bigotry.

Islamophobes will try and claim another Muslim did this, but how then do they explain the note?

*I want to point out that we cannot conclude anything at this point, some facts have been presented, such as the note but we will have to wait for the police investigation to relay more information on this crime.

California: Muslim woman’s attacker left note reading ‘Go back to your own country. You’re a terrorist’

A 32-year-old woman was critically injured and not expected to survive after an assault in her El Cajon home on Wednesday, police said Friday, and a threatening note telling the mother of five to go back to her home country was found near her, a family friend said.

The woman’s 17-year-old daughter found her unconscious in the dining room of the house on Skyview Street off Lemon Avenue about 11:15 a.m. Wednesday, said El Cajon police Lt. Steve Shakowski. Police identified her as Shaima Alawadi.

“Based on the type of injuries Alawadi sustained, and other evidence retrieved at the scene, this case is being investigated as a homicide,” Shakowski said.

Police did not disclose the contents of the note. Sura Alzaidy, a family friend, said it told the family to “go back to your own country. You’re a terrorist.” The family is from Iraq, and Alawadi is a “respectful modest muhajiba,” meaning she wears the traditional hijab, a head scarf, Alzaidy said.

El Cajon police Lt. Mark Coit said the family stated they had found a similar note earlier this month, however did not report it to authorities.

The daughter who found her mother told KUSI Channel 9/51 on Friday night that her mother had been beaten on the head repeatedly with a tire iron. She said her mother had dismissed the previous note, found outside the house, thinking it was a child’s prank.


Update I: Shaima Alawadi has succumbed to her injuries according to this youtube user who uploaded video of Alawadi’s daughter being interviewed:

Update II:  EL CAJON, Calif. (AP) — A 32-year-old woman from Iraq who was found severely beaten next to a threatening note saying “go back to your country” died on Saturday.

Hanif Mohebi, the director of the San Diego chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations, said he met with Shaima Alawadi’s family members in the morning and was told that she was taken off life support around 3 p.m.

“The family is in shock at the moment. They’re still trying to deal with what happened,” Mohebi said.

Alawadi, a mother of five, had been hospitalized since her 17-year-old daughter found her unconscious Wednesday in the family’s house in El Cajon, police Lt. Steve Shakowski said.

The daughter, Fatima Al Himidi, told KUSI-TV her mother had been beaten on the head repeatedly with a tire iron, and that the note said “go back to your country, you terrorist.”

Addressing the camera, the tearful daughter asked: “You took my mother away from me. You took my best friend away from me. Why? Why did you do it?”

Police said the family had found a similar note earlier this month but did not report it to authorities.

Al Himidi told KGTV-TV her mother dismissed the first note, found outside the home, as a child’s prank.

A family friend, Sura Alzaidy, told UT San Diego ( that the attack apparently occurred after the father took the younger children to school. Alzaidy told the newspaper the family is from Iraq, and that Alawadi is a “respectful modest muhajiba,” meaning she wears the traditional hijab, a head scarf.

Investigators said they believe the assault is an isolated incident.

“A hate crime is one of the possibilities, and we will be looking at that,” Lt. Mark Coit said. “We don’t want to focus on only one issue and miss something else.”

The family had lived in the house in San Diego County for only a few weeks, after moving from Michigan, Alzaidy said. Alzaidy told the newspaper her father and Alawadi’s husband had previously worked together in San Diego as private contractors for the U.S. Army, serving as cultural advisers to train soldiers who were going to be deployed to the Middle East.

Mohebi said the family had been in the United States since the mid-1990s.

He said it was unfortunate that the family didn’t report the initial threatening note.

“Our community does face a lot of discriminatory, hate incidents and don’t always report them,” Mohebi said. “They should take these threats seriously and definitely call local law enforcement.”

El Cajon, northeast of downtown San Diego, is home to some 40,000 Iraqi immigrants, the second largest such community in the U.S. after Detroit.

Update III:  Reporting from San Diego— El Cajon police are asking for the public’s help in its investigation into the fatal beating of an Iraqi immigrant and have not ruled out the possibility that Shaima Alawadi was the victim of a hate crime.

“We’re investigating all aspects of this crime,” Lt. Mark Coit said Sunday. “The minute you rule out a possible motive, you start to get tunnel vision. As of now, we have not ruled out any of the motives for why people kill people.”

Near the body of the 32-year-old Alawadi, police found what has been described as a threatening note. Police have declined to release the text, but relatives and friends say the handwritten note warned Alawadi to “go back to your own country” and labeled her a terrorist.

The family told police they had received a similarly threatening note several days earlier but considered it a prank by teenagers.

Alawadi was found unconscious Wednesday morning in the dining room of the family’s home by her 17-year-old daughter. She was taken to a hospital, where she was diagnosed as brain-dead. Her family decided on Saturday to discontinue life support.

Police said that whatever the motive, the attack appears to be “an isolated event,” not part of an overall pattern of violence toward immigrants.

Coit said police are unsure about the murder weapon but that Alawadi was beaten with a large object.

Alawadi’s husband had reportedly left earlier to take the couple’s younger children to school.

Alawadi and her husband had moved to El Cajon from a Detroit suburb several weeks ago. The two areas are considered the most popular destinations for Iraqi immigrants to the United States.

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  • By the way guys. I have a question for you. I’m thinking of mirroring the news video featured in this story, and leaving it as a reply to another video on Islamophobia. Does anyone know the legal ramifications of that? I don’t want to break U.S copy right law. From a purely legal standpoint, if I upload the news story about Alawadi to my channel and create a Mirror will that be okay, as long as I leave a link to the original video and give credit where credit is due? I need someone who understands the law.

  • @John

    The only people who won’t see this as a hate crime are anti Muslims bigots. Show this video to people not infected with the Islamophobia virus, and they will see this crime for what it is immediately. If they see they entire video, you won’t have to explain to them that its a hate crime. Its only the people who would be suspicious because these poor people happen to be Muslims who won’t see this as a hate crime, unless they don’t know what a hate crime is.

  • @Bokerz

    I think I saw that video before. Coughlan616 back when he was Coughlan666 and several others ripped it to shreds.

  • John

    We MusIims need to march in the streets with torches and demand justice. We’ve seen the hateful note, and we will not rest until the investigators acknowledge this crime for what it is… a hate crime!

    It couldn’t possibly be a husband who murdered his wife or an honor killing, and no amount of investigating will change that.

  • Bokerz


    More Eurabia scaremongering:

  • MasterQ [MUST READ]

    The CIA’s head of Counter Terrorism [The man personally responsible for the death of OBL and the Drone Strikes which have killed thousands of Pakistani civilians] is a convert to Islam:

  • DrM

    Inalilahi wa Inalilaihi Rajioon. I hope the person(s) who did this, die painfully, suffer eternally. I hope the same for those who would approve of what happened to her, because I know you are out there(Geller, and co.).
    It’s high time Muslims, ESPECIALLY our mothers, wives, daughters and sister get licensed for firearms.

  • Daniel

    Ahmed, according to Buerau of Justice reports, 2 out of 5 female murder victims were killed by an intimate (spouse or boyfriend). So technically, that’s a minority, but a big minority (40 percent). And it’s a far bigger minority of murders than hate crimes, which represent a statistically insignificant portion of all murders. (For example, in 2010, the FBI reported a total of 7 Murders in the United States judged as hate crimes.)

    But when looking at an individual case, you can’t judge someone guilty or innocent by statistics. Let the police do a full investigation, and hopefully they’ll find the murderer or murderers. Whoever did this deserves the full punishment possible under the law.

    Was it a hate crime? The evidence leaked to the media suggests it. All I know is that a young woman lost her life, and that itself is a tragedy.

  • Jawwad

    Bismillaahir Rahmaan Rahim, The perpetrator of this crime is a terrorist and very ignorant also .His action was an act of terrorism and letter show his ignorant of the make up and history of this country. also his action lead me to believe he had s an agenda to terrorize women from accepting Islam and full fill Allaah right upon them which being woman true freedom. May Allaah protect Shaima and my Sisters from this kind of terrorism. May Allaah grant Shaima Good in this life and the hereafter BarakAllaah Fee

  • corey

    @black infidel
    yeah those guys are idiots, nothing is really known yet and they are already yelling “honor killing”, and I find it really funny how they are bagging on people for saying that we should not jump to conclusions or on people who are giving any sort of sympathy to the family who lost there loved one.

  • Isa

    @whorarez Go F**k Yourself, A**hole.

  • @Hatethehaterz

    Unfortunately it wasn’t taken down entirely. Word Press just refused to keep hosting Bare Naked Islam, so it exists now unfortunitally, but with a new web host.

  • @Black Infidel

    I didn’t even notice your comment before I posted my last comment or sent that email to Loon Watch.

  • @Emperor

    You were right, when you wrote, “Islamophobes will try and claim another Muslim did this, but how then do they explain the note?” The guy behind Bare Naked Islam is suggesting that Shaima AlAwadi murder was really an honor killing, by the husband. As for the note, the author is suggesting it was written by the husband to make it look like this was an anti Muslim hate crime. Charles Johnson showed us a link to the short but disgusting BNI commentary over at his blog, the Little Green Footballs, while commenting on this same story over there. Almost needless to say, he didn’t like it either. I didn’t feel comfortable posting a link directly to BNI here, even if it was in the hopes that you guys would rip them a new one. I sent you an email instead with a link to the BNI blog post. Please write back to me or leave a comment here, after you see the email. I bet Geller and Spencer will either echo BNI or come up with their own anti Muslim conspiracy theory to explain why Alawadi’s murder was not an anti Muslim hate crime, assuming they don’t just ignore it.

  • Black Infidel

    Hatethehaterz, WordPress shut them down. But, It seems like they are using a different hosting company now.

  • Hatethehaterz

    I thought the web hosting company took barenakedislam down? Is that garbage site still around? Still attracting all the bottom feeders looks like.

  • Good points @Ahmed.

  • Black Infidel
  • Ahmed

    (First of all, I feel sorry for this poor woman – RIP.)

    It could be an “honour-killing” … it could be domestic violence with nothing to do with honour. It could be a hate-crime.

    As most murders are not committed by a family member, statistically, this points to a hate-crime.

    The Islamophobes, of course, are saying it was an “honour-killing” – it just goes to show how little statistics and facts matter to them, hence the name, “loons”.

  • Gramma Kim

    My condolences to the family. I am from Michigan, I grieve the murder of a fellow Michigander. I grieve for her children and husband, her parents and extended family. May justice be swift, may hatred be erased, may the God of mercy welcome Mrs. Alawadi with open arms.

  • ShayZant

    Hatred is a disease that is sweeping the nation. Even on here people are hating! Yes, many people are narrow-minded, but telling them to “kill them selves” or that they “shouldn’t have been born” is unneccessary! Don’t fuel the hate! I love that people are defending this innocent woman who was the victim of hatred, but please don’t fight fire with fire. May you rest in peace Shaima. We are all from God and to Him we return.

  • Words have consequences. I have to believe that hate speech, hate websites and hate facebook pages encourage this type of hideous crime.
    When morons like Eric Allen Bell call for defending ourselves against Islam on a radio talk show, we should see clearly that, whether they intend to or not, they are trolling for assassins while pretending to be “human rights activists” and defenders of “free speech.”
    Those who speak hate, run hate group websites or facebook pages are busy earning negative credits and a whole lot of bad Karma.
    Kindness and compassion will triump over hate.

  • Hatethehaterz

    The double standard with a lot of the comments I’m seeing throughout the web is very revealing. I’m seeing a lot of comments calling for “restraint” and that we should not rush to blame anti-Islam bigots or right winters for this without more proof. Funny because where are all these people when a “terrorist” attack happens and everyone rushes to blame ALL Muslims? I hardly ever see any comments calling for “restraint” in judgement then.

    And of course I see several comments which imply this could have been an “honor killing.” That contrived term sure does get a lot of mileage doesn’t it? There is no such thing as “honor killing” in Islam. It is just a buzz term designed to promote intolerance against Muslims. It is just a deliberately provocative synonym for domestic violence. If a non-Muslim commits the exact same crime (ex: killing a girlfriend or spouse out of jealousy or something) it is labeled “domestic violence.” If a Muslim does it (no matter if the perp wasn’t even a practicing Muslim) then it is labelled an “honor killing.” The bigots and their double standards.

  • Elmo

    Look at the IRONY, they are telling an IRAQI woman to “go back to your country” after bombing her country and invading her LAND and stealing the OIL (resources)! This is absolute insanity!

    IF a natural disaster strikes the US they would probably blame Muslims! California has the GREATEST FAULT LINES in the world, earthquakes!

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