Many of the stalwarts of anti-Muslim agitation and hysteria complain that Islamophobia isn’t real, they do so because they themselves are almost always Islamophobes. The following case in Oregon, like the other recent violent and tragic attacks on innocent Muslims because of their faith or their “Mooslim looks” highlights the true reality of Islamophobia and the hate it engenders.
Police: Shooting by Neighbor Motivated by Hate, by Adam Ghassemi, Katu News
PORTLAND, Ore. â Investigators said Wednesday that shots fired at a familyâs home was motivated by hate.
There were no injuries in the shooting but police said there were children and adults in the home at the time.
Police allege that Vadim Ignatov fired multiple shots at the home of Suzanne Hachem. She and her family are Lebanese and Muslim. Police arrested Ignatov on multiple counts of intimidation, unlawful use of a weapon, reckless endangerment of another person, and criminal mischief.
Police said their investigation revealed the motivation of the shooting was because of the familyâs religion and national origin.
The 43-year-old Ignatov is a neighbor of the Hachemâs and police said Ignatov fired several different guns into their Northwest Portland home on several different occasions.
Upon searching his SUV, police said they found more than $200,000 in U.S. and foreign currency hidden in a pickle jar along with gold and platinum.
Suzanne Hachem said her family has had run-ins with Ignatov before.
âHe said, âOh, theyâre praying loud,ââ she said. âAnd he started saying f-words.â
She said sheâs still worried about her familyâs safety even though Ignatov is behind bars.
âWe have to find a way to protect our family,â she said. âHeâs in the jail now, but we donât know whatâs going to happen next.â
The investigation is continuing and police said if anyone has information to the whereabouts of Ignatovâs Isuzu Trooper on Aug. 29 between 10:30 p.m. and 11 p.m. to call 503-261-2847.
So will the loons and the haters still exclaim that Islamophobia doesn’t exist?
Additional Links: Portland Man Indicted in Relation to Alleged Hate Crime