Khalid Jabara was murdered in a hate crime one year ago today. The murderer had previously terrorized the family. America failed the Jabaras pic.twitter.com/EV8091jpQd— Arjun Sethi (@arjunsethi81) August 12, 2017
Khalid Jabara, 37, was shot and killed by his neighbor Stanley Majors, 61, roughly half an hour after Tulsa law enforcement visited Jabara’s home.
Jabara called the police for assistance because Majors was allegedly knocking on his window while holding a handgun. Police arrived to disperse the tension, but left shortly after, without reprimanding Majors.
Thirty minutes later, Jabara was fatally shot on his front porch, and the police arrived back on the scene. It was too late. Majors was arrested for first-degree murder and now faces trial in Tulsa, according to local homicide sergeant Dave Walker.
The Jabara family was repeatedly targeted with hate crimes perpetrated by Majors, who has a criminal history of violence against them. He continuously harassed the Jabaras, including calling the Lebanese Christian family “n******”, "Mooslems," “filthy Lebanese,” and “dirty Arabs.” He was known to stalk Jabara, follow him around, leave hate notes on his door, and even broke into the family’s home and vandalized it.
Furthermore, Majors ran over Jabara’s mother, Haifa, with his car last September, and has a trial set for assault and battery with a deadly weapon for March 2017. She was left wounded with a broken shoulder and facial injuries. Back in March 2015, according to police reports, Majors told Haifa, “F*** you and I want to kill you,” in violation of a court-ordained protective order.
Should the police have intervened sooner and done more to control Majors’ violent tendencies? Statements from the Jabara family certainly point towards law enforcement negligence for allowing the actions of their neighbor to go to extremes. His sister wrote on Facebook that "My family lived in fear of this man and his hatred for years. Yet in May, not even one year after he ran over our mother and despite our repeated protests, he was released from jail with no conditions on his bond—no ankle monitor, no drug/alcohol testing, nothing."
On Monday, Jabara’s sister, Victoria Jabara Williams, posted a statement from the family on Facebook, which recounts the years of race-based abuse that they have endured from Majors, whom she called a “monster.”
On Tuesday, the Council on American-Islamic Relations offered their support to the Jabara family, who are Christian Arabs. Even those perceived as Muslim can be the target of such bias and extreme hate crimes, as often witnessed in the United States. Veronica Laizure of Oklahoma's branch of CAIR said, "The frustration that we continue to see anti-Muslim, anti-Arab, xenophobic rhetoric and hate speech has unfortunately led up to a tragedy like this."
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