#JeSuisMuslim: Cartoons honouring Chapel Hill victims emerge on social media

Twitter has been inundated with tributes, condolences for the victims and condemnation of the media coverage

Web Desk February 12, 2015

A little over a  month after the Charlie Hebdo attack in Paris over sacrilegious cartoons, three Muslim students were shot dead in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, United States.

While the incidents are in not linked to each other and have occurred in different continents, the media coverage and terminology associated with the attacks has bewildered some while angered others.

With the media quick to label the storming of Charlie Hebdo offices  an 'act of terrorism' and the murder of three, Deah Shaddy Barakat, 23, his wife Yusor Mohammad, 21, and her sister Razan Mohammad Abu-Salha, 19 a 'hate crime', many people lashed on social networking site Twitter, highlighting what they termed 'double standards'. Some, even made powerful cartoons in honour of the victims.

A cartoon posted on Twitter showing a woman wearing a head scarf and holding a poster reads: My name is Yusor, my husband is Deah, my sister is Razan, we were killed by a terrorist called Craig.

46-year-old Craig Stephen Hicks has been charged with three counts of murder over the killings which sparked outrage amongst Muslims worldwide.

The families of the students called for the horrific triple-homicide to be investigated as a hate crime as US police indicated a parking dispute had triggered the killings.

Police said on Wednesday they believed a parking dispute was the catalyst for the attack but added they had not ruled out the possibility that hatred of Muslims had motivated Hicks.

But people were not satisfied with the response, as another tweeted:


The carefully worded statements of investigators contrasted sharply with the anguished reaction of the victim’s families, who insisted police treat the killing as a “hate crime.”

“This was not a dispute over a parking space; this was a hate crime,” said Mohammad Abu-Salha, the psychiatrist father of the two women shot dead.

“This man had picked on my daughter and her husband a couple of times before, and he talked with them with his gun in his belt.”


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Stewart J | 5 years ago | Reply | Recommend Silence is acceptance. As @Milind pointed out, the Islamic community cannot wash its hands off 9/11, London bombing, Spanish train bombing and the Mumbai attacks by either staying silent or making ridiculous claims suggesting that the bombings were carried out by the locals just to blame Muslims. Why should the rest of the world care when Muslims are attacked when Muslims don't care about others? It cuts both ways.
Kiran | 5 years ago | Reply | Recommend @Milind: who says that? we condemn it every single time. almost every one i know condemned. i dont know what more you are expecting. if you are looking for the talibans and other terrorist organizations to pass an apology, then well keep waiting for it. they killed 300 of our kids, we didnt get any either. they cheered when our kids died as well.
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