BACKGROUND: The episode was about a peaceful protest of an anti-Israel Muslim female politician in NYC where there were several Jewish teenage boys in attendance. To stir up sympathy for herself, the Muslim politician engaged the crowd and immediately accused the boy in the red hat of trying to rip off her hijab. None of the boys touched her as you can see in the clips below, but she created a media circus by saying one of them did. What’s more, her character in the episode was also a secret lesbian. In the end, the politician was proven in court to have staged the fake hate crime and she was also exposed as a closeted lesbian in front of her parents.
But to hear CAIR tell it:
The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR),today joined its New York chapter (CAIR-NY) in calling on producers of “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit” (SVU) to meet with Muslim community leaders following an episode of that long-running program viewed as “Islamophobic” and “racist.” (I wonder if CAIR knows that the creator and executive producer of Law&Order SVU is Dick Wolf, who is Jewish?)
CAIR said the episode, which included a character clearly based on real-life Muslim Congresswoman Ilhan Omar (D-MN), falsely conflated support for Palestinian rights with anti-Semitism, portrayed Muslim men in a negative light and suggested that growing Islamophobia in America is a hoax.
In a letter to SVU creator and Executive Producer Dick Wolf, CAIR National Executive Director Nihad Awad wrote in part:
“This racist and Islamophobic episode of Law & Order: SVU distorted current events to create a ridiculous plot line that mocks the real hatred being experienced by real American Muslims and other minority communities. We urge you and your staff to meet with leaders of the Muslim community to learn why this episode makes the rising tide of bigotry even worse, and what you can to do mitigate the damage that has already been done.”