Ohio: Muslim migrant gets charged with antisemitic hate crime

The man is a Turkish migrant. Muslim antisemitism? What’s that?

As Robert Spencer has listed out:

[T]he Qur’an depicts the Jews as fabricating things and falsely ascribing them to Allah (2:79; 3:75, 3:181), denying Allah’s power (5:64); loving to listen to lies (5:41); disobeying Allah and never observing his commands (5:13); disputing and quarreling (2:247); hiding the truth and misleading people (3:78); staging rebellion against the prophets and rejecting their guidance (2:55); being hypocritical (2:14, 2:44); giving preference to their own interests over the teachings of Muhammad (2:87); wishing evil for people and trying to mislead them (2:109); feeling pain when others are happy or fortunate (3:120); being arrogant about their being Allah’s beloved people (5:18); devouring people’s wealth by subterfuge (4:161); slandering the true religion and being cursed by Allah (4:46); killing the prophets (2:61); being merciless and heartless (2:74); never keeping their promises or fulfilling their words (2:100); being unrestrained in committing sins (5:79); being cowardly (59:13-14); being miserly (4:53); and more. It says they are the worst enemies of the Muslims (5:82) and that Allah transformed Sabbath-breaking Jews into apes and pigs (2:63-65; 5:59-60; 7:166).

Xenia Gazette, March 23, 2018. (Archive link)

A federal grand jury has charged Izmir Koch, 32, of Huber Heights, with violating the Matthew Shepard and James Byrd Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act in an indictment unsealed March 22.

Benjamin C. Glassman, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Ohio, and Angela L. Byers, Special Agent in Charge, Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), Cincinnati Division, announced the charges.

According to the indictment, on Feb. 4, 2017, Koch was outside a Cincinnati restaurant with others when he allegedly yelled out asking if anyone outside the restaurant was Jewish.

A victim responded that he was Jewish and it is alleged that Koch then ran to the victim and punched him in the head. When the victim fell to the ground, Koch and others continued hitting and kicking him.

The victim sustained injuries from the attack, including rib contusions and a fracture of his orbital floor.

Koch was charged with one count of committing a hate crime, which is punishable by up to 10 years in prison. He was arrested March 22 and appeared before US Magistrate Judge Stephanie K. Bowman.

“Physically attacking someone because you think he’s Jewish — or Christian or Muslim or any other religion — is a federal crime,” said Glassman. “This office prosecutes hate crimes.”

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