Rep. Peter King (R-NY) should personally apologize to Talat Hamdani, whose son Mohammed was killed as he responded to the September 11, 2001, terrorist attack.
This week, in an interview opposing a hearing on protecting American Muslim civil rights, King told Fox News that the hearing advances, “the myth that somehow Muslims are the victim of September 11.”
Congressman, all Americans, Muslims included, were the victims of the 9/11 terror attack. As Al-Qaeda was murdering our fellow citizens, they also murdered at least 32 Muslims.
Mohammed Salman Hamdani, was a part-time ambulance driver and a police cadet. After witnessing the attack, he ran to assist victims. His remains were identified six months later; his medical bag was found next to his body.
Rep. King knows Hamdani’s story because Rep. Keith Ellison (D-MN) read it aloud during a recent hearing King held. If Rep. Ellison’s tears during the hearing were not enough to move King’s conscience, maybe a reminder the Hamdani was honored in Title 1, Section 102 of the USA Patriot Act, which King voted for, might be.
Al-Qaeda, not Islam, murdered Americans on 9/11. They did not care about their victim’s faith. Every American was a target.
Al-Qaeda has continued to slaughter Muslims since 9/11. After reviewing a 2009 report titled Deadly Vanguards: A Study of Al-Qaida’s Violence Against Muslims, Ralph Peters, wrote in New York Post, “Al-Qaeda does one thing extremely well: killing Muslims.”
President Obama echoed this conclusion at a White House Ramadan fastbreaking reception in 2010 when he noted, “In fact, al Qaeda has killed more Muslims than people of any other religion — and that list of victims includes innocent Muslims who were killed on 9/11.”
Mr. King, it is time to find your sense of shame and apologize, sir.