Tuesday, June 21, 2016
"There were no Syrians involved."
On Monday, right wingers took to their keyboards to report on a horrible rape in Idaho perpetrated by Syrian refugees. Without waiting to see if the veracity of this story held up, several right wing blogs published the false reports.
Police investigating: Idaho Child Raped and Abused by Muslim Refugee Youths, No Arrests
Infidel Blogger's Alliance:
"The joys of taking in Muslim refugees: Idaho:
Muslim Migrants RAPE 5-year-old, hold KNIFE to her throat, strip her naked, rape, and urinate on her."
Alex Jones Info Wars:
REPORT: THREE SYRIAN “REFUGEES” RAPE LITTLE GIRL AT KNIFEPOINT IN IDAHOFurious residents accuse council of cover-up
Read the blood-thirsty comments on the blogs to see how crazed these people are, willing to believe ANYTHING to reinforce their hatreds and fears.
To say these people are irresponsible is understatement. They are incendiary agitators who latch onto any rumor in order to keep people crazed and ready to start hunting down Muslims, any Muslim, for retribution.
UPDATED: Story of Syrian refugees raping Idaho girl is wrong, prosecutor saysProsecutor: “There were no Syrians involved ... there was no gang-rape”
No Syrians have been resettled to Twin Falls, officials say
Authorities are denying reports that Syrians gang-raped a child at knife-point in a Twin Falls apartment complex earlier this month, saying the false claims are being spread to incite anti-refugee sentiments.
“There were no Syrians involved, there was no knife involved, there was no gang-rape,” Twin Falls County Prosecutor Grant Loebs said Monday morning.
His comments largely refute several differing accounts about the incident circulating on anti-refugee resettlement and conspiracy websites and anti-Muslim blogs. Most of those accounts claim a group of Syrian refugees sexually assaulted a mentally disabled girl at knife-point June 2 in the laundry facilities of Fawnbrook Apartments, a low-income housing complex in Twin Falls, and that the attack was celebrated by the perpetrators’ families as city officials orchestrated a cover-up.
Investigators and the prosecutor were quick to dismiss nearly all those claims Monday. Loebs said he didn’t want to “fan the flames of anti-Syrian refugee people” but suspects the false reports are the work of a local group opposed to refugee resettlement who hoped to stir up trouble by claiming the incident involved Syrian refugees who committed a violent sexual assault.
“There is a small group of people in Twin Falls County whose life goal is to eliminate refugees, and thus far they have not been constrained by the truth,” Loebs said. “They have not been constrained by the truth in the past, and I don’t expect them to be constrained by the truth in the future.”
An incident did occur, Loebs said, and two juveniles have been charged after authorities obtained video shot on a cellphone. But the details of the case don’t match what’s being reported by anti-refugee groups, the prosecutor said.