Pamela Geller correctly called it a few days ago: "Color me skeptical, but the whole thing stinks, like Fulton’s fish market."
Baruch College student, Yasmin Seweid, 18, claimed to have been the victim of an anti-Muslim hate-crime on the New York subway at the hands of three men yelling Trump slogans. But there was no surveillance footage of phone footage of the alleged perpetrators, no other witnesses and her story sounded suspicious and thin to the police.
Nevertheless, she became an instant international celebrity because her fake story fit the "Islamophobia" narrative. Headlines around the world touted her "story" (see end of post). If you thought Islamophobia in the United States was bad before (went the subtext), look how much worse it is now that Trump won the election.
Then she mysteriously went missing for two days. Skeptics started to sense that she might be a Muslim Tawana Brawley. Anti-Islamophobes wondered whether she hadn't been kidnapped by white supremacists.
Today she admitted that she made the whole thing up, and the police are charging her with filing a false police report.
I wager that the "aspiring fashion model" will come out of this just fine. Islamophobia forced her to lie, you see. How else could this powerless young woman get Americans to face up to their own racism? I predict she'll be a spokeswoman for CAIR (Council for American-Islamic Relations) within five years. Or some such.
In a just world, she would be sent down to Guantanamo for ten.
From the New York Daily News:
She made it all up — and now she’s under arrest.
The Muslim college student who claimed she was harassed on the subway by three men who shouted “Donald Trump,” called her a terrorist and tried to rip her hijab off her head has admitted to detectives that she concocted the entire story, the Daily News has learned.
Yasmin Seweid, 18, has been charged with filing a false report, a police source said.
Seweid had numerous opportunities to admit the incident never happened but again and again stood by her story, the source said.
On Wednesday, after again being confronted with questions from detectives increasingly suspicious of her story she recanted and said she made it all up, citing family problems.
The police source said criminally charging her was appropriate.
“This isn’t something we normally like to do but she had numerous opportunities to admit nothing happened and she kept sticking by her story,” the source said.
“We dedicated a lot of resources to this — and don’t get me wrong, this is what we do — but we had guys going back and forth, looking for video and witnesses. And we couldn’t find anything.
“Nothing happened — and there was no victim.”
It wasn’t immediately clear what Seweid hoped to gain by lying to police.
The Baruch College student claimed that on her way home to Long Island the night of Dec. 1 she encountered three drunken men on an uptown No. 6 train.
She said straphangers stood by and did nothing while the trio mocked her and tried to tear the religious garb from her head.
“It made me really sad after when I thought about it,” she said. “People were looking at me and looking at what was happening and no one said a thing. They just looked away.”
She provided police a description of the suspects, one of whom police believed they saw on video following her when she got off the subway at Grand Central Station to look for police. At the same time, there were inconsistencies in her story.
For awhile, police believed those to be nothing more than typical of someone traumatized, but detectives could not find witnesses or any significant video.
Then, last week, she left home and was reported missing on Thursday — only to turn up safe and sound Friday.
That, sources said, increased the suspicions surrounding her tale.