Safia Jilani Joins the Hate Hoaxer Club

How awful — yet another militant moonbat has fallen victim to a hate crime:

A Muslim student attacked at Elmhurst College in what school officials described as a hate crime had found anti-Islamic slurs and a swastika scrawled in her locker a week earlier, police and students said Friday.

The 19-year-old sophomore told police a masked, male attacker struck her in the head with a handgun about 8:30 p.m. Thursday after she entered a restroom in the school’s Schaible Science Center. She suffered a concussion.

Threatening graffiti — “Kill the Muslims” — was written on a mirror in the restroom, students and police said.

Earlier Thursday, the victim had spoken at a demonstration called to denounce the anti-Islamic slurs and swastika she had discovered on Oct. 2 in her locker, school officials and students said. Among the slurs was the phrase “Die Muslims.” […] The victim — who wears an Islamic head scarf — and two other Muslim students had been verbally harassed and taunted on Sept. 18 during a campus protest calling for the closure of the Guantanamo Bay detention center, friends said.

The Thursday night attack triggered an hourlong lockdown at the college while police searched the campus — and prompted hundreds of students to rally again Friday to protest the incident and call for unity. […] Officials at the 3,300-student private college — which has about 30 Muslim students — denounced the attack while promising to increase security on the campus.

Swastikas, handguns, Islamophobia, Club Gitmo, noble demonstrators violently oppressed — if Big Oil were involved, we’d have every base covered. Naturally this appalling incident sparked a righteous rally:

What originally was conceived as a silent sit-in to protest Thursday’s assault on campus turned into a massive rally Friday afternoon on the Elmhurst College Mall, with students calling on others to stand up against hate.

“I still feel unsafe on the campus I call my home. I’ve called myself an American since the day I was born in Chicago,” said 21-year-old junior Soofia Ahmed, a Muslim student who is good friends with the victim.

“I thank you for your support right now, but I do feel scared,” she told the crowd as she fought back tears. “I’m terrified out of my wits to stand up here right now and tell you how I feel.”

[…] The lawn behind the Frick Center filled with students, who sat among rows of rainbow-striped flags that had been planted the day before to symbolize National Coming Out Day.

Other students took turns on the megaphone delivering passionate calls to stand up against the person who committed Thursday night’s violent attack on a Muslim student in the bathroom of the Schaible Science Center.

Some non-Muslim female students even wore headscarves to show their support for the victim, who Ahmed identified as Elmhurst College junior Safia Jilani.

New college President S. Alan Ray addressed the crowd, too, thanking everyone for attending.

“What happened last night was despicable,” he said.

It was despicable, all right — a despicable hoax:

Elmhurst police announced that a weeklong investigation determined the assault never occurred; there was no gunman; and Jilani was arrested on a warrant for filing a false police report, a Class 4 felony punishable by up to 3 years in prison. Bond was set at $10,000 for Jilani, who posted $1,000 and was released, according to DuPage County State’s Attorney’s office spokesman Paul Darrah.

At least Jilani has lots of company. Other members of the hate hoaxer club include Tawana Brawley, Crystal Gail Mangum, Kerri Dunn, Leah Miller, Trinity International University, Ahmad Saad Nasim, Floyd Elliot, and Sarah Marshak.

Don’t hold your breath waiting for President Ray to speak at a rally opposing mendacious left-wing propaganda. No doubt few Elmhurst students even know the whole thing was a farce.

Hat tip: NewsBusters; on a tip from Cheetah. Cross-posted at Moonbattery.

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