“After a serial-murder spree that left at least 5 people dead and 13 more wounded, spanning three states and four months, suspected killer Elias Abuelazam was captured at the Atlanta airport Wednesday night as he tried to flee the country. In the series of vicious attacks, a man picked out strangers who were alone on the street, lured them to his vehicle, and then stabbed them with a knife, bludgeoning one with a hammer for variety.
Want to know more? Pick up a copy of the New York Times. No, not the front page. The front page has a follow-up story on an Alzheimer’s research discovery, a follow-up story on the Russian spy scandal, a follow-up story on the ‘Ground Zero mosque’ controversy. Down at the bottom are teasers for the Eat Pray Love review and an online project where readers submitted photos of ugly animals.
Open up the front. Flip past the International section (‘Diving the Depths in a Quest for Pearls and a Connection With Kuwait’s Past’). OK, the National section starts on A12. ‘Green Light and Delay On Same-Sex Marriage’… A13: ‘Hoping a Pledge to Skip a Salary Resonates With Voters’… ‘Inquiry on Harvard Lab Threatens Ripple Effect’…
Oh, there. Page A14.
‘Man Held in Connection With 18 Stabbings, 5 Fatal.’ Fourteen paragraphs, one reporter, Atlanta dateline. No stringers in Michigan, where the attacks began, or Virginia or Ohio, where they continued. No names of the deceased.
The story does mention that most of Abuelazam’s victims were black men. There’s a dispute over whether or not they were singled out because of their race—the suspect, Abuelazam, is white and an Israeli immigrant—but the attacks were savage and predatory either way.
Not, however, savage or predatory enough to really interest the New York Times. Probably, in its usual tortured-liberal way, the newspaper will realize this was an oversight. Maybe it will send a reporter or two to Flint, Michigan to reconstruct the murders, write sensitive-seeming profiles of the victims, plant the whole thing with fragrant gray word-flowers and spread it all out for the Sunday readers. Or if the racism angle turns out to be true, maybe we’ll get a searing portrait of the evil forces that drove the killer.
Right now, though, what we have is the newspaper’s gut reaction. The arrest was announced yesterday morning, so the Times had plenty of opportunity to work the story as hard as the editors thought appropriate:
The failure of mainstream media to report black on black crimes is nothing new. However, if a Muslim is killed, regardless of the reason behind it, it makes the first page, that is unless you are a woman or girl killed in the name of Sharia. Such a crime ranks somewhere back there with black on black crime, therefore, the mainstream media will give it a pass or place in the annals of the newspaper.
Moreover, we now come to find out that if an Arab kills a black man (men), it is also considered less than newsworthy.
Even though the author of the above article has taken the media to task on their failings, he too missed the boat. While he mentions that suspected killer Elias Abuelazam is from Israel, he failed to indicate that Abuelazam is an Arab Israeli.
|Number of victims:
||Suspected in 18 attacks, resulting in 5 deaths.
|Span of killings:
||March 2009–August 2010
|| United States
||Michigan, Ohio, and Virgina
||August 11, 2010
“Abuelazam was born in central Israel and has Israeli citizenship. He grew up in a well-to-doChristian Arab family in the city of Ramla, Israel. He later moved to the United States, having acquired a green card; however, he is not an American citizen. According to the US State Department, Elias Abuelazam changed his name to Elias Abullazam in March 1995.
Abuelazam worked at a hospital in Leesburg, Virginia. He worked as a clerk at Kingwater Market in Beecher from July 5 to August 1. Most customers knew him as “Eli.” He was cited for giving alcohol to a minor July 29, the same day a 59-year-old man was stabbed in Flint. Abuelazam’s legal address is in Bradenton, Florida, according to the warrant. He previously lived on Juniper Way (in the Perry Place apartment complex) in Grand Blanc, according to Michigan Secretary of State records. Abuelazam most recently lived in a house that his uncle owns located on Maryland Avenue near Riegle Avenue on the east side of Flint.
Abuelazam married Jessica Hirth on July 30, 2004. His former mother-in-law, Kimberley Hirth, said her daughter and Abuelazam met in Texas while he was visiting cousins there. His former father-in-law claimed that he was abusive. They divorced in 2007. In total, he was married twice.
- 1. ^ a b Israeli Elias Abuelazam appears in US court accused of racist murders
The Guardian August 13, 2010
- 2. ^ a b c Serial slashing suspect in custody
WJRT-TV August 12, 2010
- 3. ^ a b “Suspected Israeli serial killer arrested in U.S.,”
Haaretz August 12, 2010
- 4. ^ “Serial Stabbing Suspect a ‘Gentle Giant,’ But With Alleged History of Violence” , CBS August 13, 2010
- 5. ^ “Israeli ‘serial killer’ described as ‘bulky, frightening character'”, Eli Senyor, Israel News August 12, 2010
- 6. ^ “Portrait of stabbing suspect emerges,”,
MSNBC August 13, 2010
- 7. ^ a b c “Details about suspected serial stabber Elias Abuelazam,”
Published: Thursday, August 12, 2010, Flint Journal.”
The total number of attacks by this mad man are now up to 20. CBS who eventually covered the murders has the audacity to refer to this animal as a gentle giant in the title of their article giving one the impression that those murdered and attacked are insignificant.
From where I sit, all of the above is newsworthy. Anything less is a failure unless, of course, you do not want people to know that Arabs are killing Black men or Americans for that matter on American soil.