The incidents come as Idaho State University has tried to significantly boost enrollment by targeting oil-rich Middle Eastern Muslim students, who pay full tuition up front, and who already represent at least 10% of the student body.
Fusion Approximately 50 Idaho State University Muslim students from Kuwait and Saudi Arabia have been victims of off-campus home burglaries, and there have been unverified incidents of physical abuse and harm targeted at the students.
The New York Times also reports that more recently, DVDs containing hate messages have recently been left on a number of car windshields on campus.
The incidents have now become the main subject of discussion in the bucolic town of Pocatello. Mayor Brian Blad told the Idaho State Journal that he had already spoken with a Saudi official to keep students from leaving, and would meet with both Saudi and Kuwaiti officials Monday.
Gulf News reported Wednesday that Kuwait and Saudi Arabia have already decided to suspend sending their students to the schools, and quoted the head of the schools’ Saudi Students Club that the situation has only worsened, in part thanks to the influence of Donald Trump.
Abdullah Al Dossari…said Idaho supported Trump in his presidential bid and that the candidate used anti-Islam and anti-Muslim rhetoric that inflamed people and pushed them towards extremism and bigotry.
The mayor reportedly pledged to find a solution, but nothing has really changed, Al Dossari reportedly said. “In fact, the situation has become worse and the problems have become more acute,” he said.
The students have been contributing as much as $40 million annually through tuition, Gulf News said.
The New York Times article about ISU’s Muslim students, headlined “The Mideast came to Idaho State — it wasn’t the best fit,” was printed last month on the newspaper’s front page. (Ya think?)
Ex-Muslim Shahram Hadian warns America of the subversive forced resettlement of radical Muslim refugees into Idaho.