After Islamophobic hate crime in New York City, mayor wants public to ‘keep death in perspective’

A horrific crime if we’ve ever seen one–and a reminder that Islamophobia affects many communities outside Muslim ones.

From the AP:

A woman who told police she shoved a man to his death off a subway platform into the path of a train because she hates Muslims and thought he was one was charged Saturday with murder as a hate crime, prosecutors said.


“I pushed a Muslim off the train tracks because I hate Hindus and Muslims ever since 2001 when they put down the twin towers I’ve been beating them up,” Menendez told police, according to the district attorney’s office.


Mayor Michael Bloomberg on Friday urged residents to keep Sen’s death in perspective as he touted new historic lows in the city’s annual homicide and shooting totals.

“It’s a very tragic case, but what we want to focus on today is the overall safety in New York,” Bloomberg told reporters following a police academy graduation.

What kind of perspective is Bloomberg referencing? If someone said “I shoved a Jew in front of a train because I hate Jews,” would Bloomberg be touting drops in the city’s annual homicide and shooting totals? Quite an insensitive comment, at the very least.

After this news broke, Twitter was aflutter with people pointing to Pamela Geller as one culprit pushing anti-Muslim sentiment in the city. Geller’s organization, the American Freedom Defense Initiative, recently put up a new crop of ads that features the World Trade Center burning with a Qu’ran verse printed to the right of the towers. 

Geller’s role in promoting anti-Muslim sentiment of the sort that leads to Islamophobic hate crimes should not be in dispute. But what should also be highlighted is how New York City’s own police force has promoted anti-Muslim bigotry time and time again, from surveillance of Muslims that places the whole community under suspicion to training officers with an Islamophobic flick. 

Friend of Mondoweiss Lizzy Ratner made this point in her excellent piece on Geller in The Nation:

Though Geller and her crew are fringe elements, they are not random or spontaneous, idiopathic lesions on the healthier whole. They are, quite sadly, part of this country, outcroppings of something big and ugly that has been seeping and creeping through the body politic for years. In the decade since September 11, anti-Arab and anti-Muslim bigotry has become an entrenched feature of our political and social landscape. It lurks in the hidden corners of everyday life—in classrooms and offices and housing complexes—as well as in the ugly scenes that occasionally explode into public consciousness. In the special registration of Middle Eastern men after 9/11. In the vicious campaign against Debbie Almontaser, the American Muslim school teacher who tried to open the Arabic-language Khalil Gibran International Academy (KGIA) and was tarred as an extremist. In the attack on the Park51 Islamic center, more commonly (if less accurately) known as the Ground Zero mosque. In the New York Police Department’s selective surveillance of Muslim communities. And that’s just New York City. All of these instances should have called on our horror and outrage, and in all too many of them, society hasn’t lived up.

This crime appears to be the latest manifestation of New York City’s Islamophobia. This time, it cost a life.

  1. #1 by Blake on 12/31/2012 - 9:34

    Very insensitive.

  2. #2 by michael mazur on 12/31/2012 - 9:34

    Both women, blinded by the fever of ideology, might find their ardour cooled down some were the police to require of them their presence at the mortuary to view the assembled mangled remains of the unfortunate man.

    And Mayor Bloomberg, of the same elevated species as Pamela Geller, by his look on the bright side remark, is clearly chuffed, as would Molloch be, that, once again, there is much mincemeat on the mortuary tray.

  3. #3 by Doug on 12/31/2012 - 9:34

    Well, the Jews don’t want our entire focus on them…now do they?

  4. #4 by Ingrid B on 01/01/2013 - 9:34

    Bloomberg, Geller, and this madwoman, are but three different, but similar, beings, who represent what is wrong with the US, not just NY..

    @ michael mazur, unfortunately, I think all three would be drooling at the sight of the mangled body..

  5. #5 by bigcree1Shadowhawk on 01/01/2013 - 9:34

    Ingrid & Michael#2 I have to say you are right in every way. These racist supremacist Jews, Bloomberg, Gellar and their fellow ‘colleagues’ just relish the very notion of another ‘sacrifice’ to THEIR supremacy’ THEIR ‘god’. They care not how the deed is done. Anybody notice the vile creature’s necklace in the above photo? What does this wretched parasite know about ‘LOVE??’
    Yeah she and I use the term ‘she’ loosely may love killing innocent people who happen to be Muslim or profess some other form of ‘belief’ apart from her Cult of ritual killing, hatred and other forms of perversions and degeneracy. Mentally ill barely comes close in describing her and her vileness. Meanwhile the Mayor expresses his ‘wise words’ of advice to the very sheeple he is trying in vain to disarm. My my Mr Mayor, what a guy you are! What a ‘humanitarian’. You’ll get a Nobel for sure one day.

  6. #6 by annebeck58 on 01/01/2013 - 9:34

    Well, what did you expect? Bloomberg is, himself, an Islamophobe. He probably hates Hindus, too, because they are too brown to be liked much…

    And the drunken idiots are ringing in the new-year by whooping it up outside. I wish the rain had not stopped.
    Happy freakin’ new year…

    Gellar should be taken out, herself., disgusting pube/

  7. #7 by SEARCHLIGHT on 01/01/2013 - 9:34


  8. #8 by ruby22-kate on 01/01/2013 - 9:34

    This crime should surprise no one. All we see on our “owned/controlled” media has been pushing hatred of all things Arab, all things Muslim while lionizing ‘plucky l’l Izrael’, the only democracy in the seething cauldron of the ‘backward, savage’ incomprehensible Middle East.

    Can I be so bold to ask, “east of what”?

    This is Division as in the phrase, “Divide and Conquer.” It is vitally important to the ‘master-planners’ to have the citizens of USA despised by the worldwide communities of Muslims.
    And equally important for the average Joes of USA to hate the guts of every foreign entity; be they Columbians or Guatemalans to our south, but to all Hispanics and Mexican looking, and to the ‘ragheads’ we’re killing so they can get democracy, we hate them too, they’re not grateful for mur’kin generosity. And those south of the border, they are feared for ‘stealing our jobs’ when it’s the corporations to blame for our pitiful economic plight.

  9. #9 by annebeck58 on 01/02/2013 - 9:34

    Hang on.
    Mexicans and other Cental and South Americans should appreciate los Estados Unidos Americans for what?
    We’ve been running guns down into Mexico and Central and South America. We purchase their drugs while we prevent Americans from growing, here. We are responsible for assisting the drug cartels in running the countries there. Were it not for us and our CIA, the problems and the tens of thousands of civilians murdered down south of us would have not occurred
    And they should appreciate the USA??.Really?
    People should look at what the major problems are and who’s respinsible for these criminal problems before casting aspursions at our neighbors.

  10. #10 by ruby22-kate on 01/05/2013 - 9:34

    #9by annebeck58:

    Reread the post dear, I said nada about anyone appreciating the Usa.

    You hang on. Try posting when you have an original thought.

    “We’ve been running guns down into Mexico a”

    Maybe you have but I’ve never run a gun anywhere.
    I do not purchase drugs
    I do not stop anyone from growing drugs
    Do not include me with the CIA
    “nd they should appreciate the USA??.Really?
    People should look at what the major problems are ”

    Kindly point out where I said you or anyone else should appreciate the USa?

    And I suggest you keep your feeble attempt at sarcasm along with your knowitallism and direct it at “the major problems.”

    I got over a hundred signatures on Alison Weir’s petition “Stop the Blank check” last month, what did you do Anne?

  11. #11 by annebeck58 on 01/06/2013 - 9:34

    To this inane, silly girl (I can presume girl), Ruby-Kate..

    What have I done? Well, let’s see. I was the first and ONLY Election Judge in this entire COUNTRY to stand up and speak out against; illuminate the problems of the voter-fraud in the US. But, surely you’ve read about this on my blog? Or, maybe you’ve heard more on this on the no less than 4 radio shows I was featured on? — how about the multiple blogs my post was reposted on? Or, those blogs I was, again, featured on? I’ve also been forced to speak with the District Attorneys of Austin, Texas, in regard to the case of voter-fraud against certain peoples in high offices, in this state. How about either of YOU? Have you ever stood up for what you know is true and against what is obviously wrong? I highly doube it.

    And, Basheer; of course you would step in to try and protect your little minion, Ruby-Kate. That we expected, yesterday (yes, we spoke via telephone of when it would be that you decided to pile-on, and true to form, you did.) No shock there. The only surprise was that you were a bit late to the party.

    Either of you tools can easily look-up my name and see what it is I’ve done. The voting problems in this country happen to be only ONE cause for and against which I’ve stuck my neck out. I’ve been reported to the FBI and other US security agencies, for speaking out against the Jewish animals who actually tried to kill me, after they posted many times they would do this (and how and when this would transpire).

    Now, what have either of you done, other than irritate those you say you’re on the same side with? I haven’t seen anything but words that went nowhere. You’ve only been around to piss-off people who want what you SAY you also want.
    But, your actions belie your words.

    Basheer; I watched as you went at yet another guy, here in TUT, because YOU (as usual) misunderstood his intent. Either learn English or take the time to actually read and comprehend what people are saying, prior to popping off against them; hey?
    Basheer; this is not the first blog I’ve come across your ridiculous rants in, and it is far from being the first time you’ve attacked people, here and elsewhere. You have attacked me for the last time, buddy.

    Ruby-Kate, you’re proud of (oh my) having attempted to get 100 people to sign a PETITION? That is your big fete? Darling; think bigger, next time. Of course, this would require your getting your rear-end out of the house and into what’s really happening in this world, in order for you to actually BE involved in solving these problems.

    Now, zip it, the pair of you.

  12. #12 by ruby22-kate on 01/08/2013 - 9:34

    Ann Beck:

    You mock my little ways, My small accomplishments, my offerings to the Lord.
    But this is one of those times to sit back and look at the larger picture.

    Why are we here? I’m here at this web site for many reasons. I learn things that I never knew about as a USA citizen, I see what people are doing, what succeeds, what doesn’t, and even harder than patience to me is persistence. Try to figure out what is really going on, and why does the gov. lie to us routinely?

    I hate confrontations, chaos and confusion. It’s an unworthy distraction to waste this time on our petty egos. Mark Glenn and the group of posters are what keeps me coming back. And even a dream that we’ll be able to put our differences aside to stand united for Palestinian Justice.

    So I propose we check our egos & in the immortal words of Rodney King, “Can’t we all just get along?”
    It’s a sin to divert from a moral goal. I’ll try to remember, promise. kate.

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