fake hate crimes: a database of hate crime hoaxes in the usa

The purpose of this site is to compile a comprehensive database of the false reports of "hate crimes" committed (mostly) in the USA. It builds on the work of Laird Wilcox, whose Crying Wolf (PDF) is the original book on this subject. The books Hate Crime Hoax and Hate Crimes: Criminal Law & Identity Politics are also recommended.

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667. Who is Sahar Tartak? Jewish Yale student who claims she was stabbed in the eye with Palestine flag amid protests / In a careful analysis of the alleged antisemitism crisis on American campuses, the Hindustan Times scrutinizes the claim of Sahar Tartak that she was stabbed in the eye with a Palestine flagp
668. Lawmakers exploit Holocaust to Feed Moral Panic Over Antisemitism / See podcast, start at 33:23. Among several claimed incidents of antisemitism on US campuses, Sahar Tartak claimed to have been stabbed in the eye with a flagpole bearing the Palestinian flag. Glenn Gr / 2024-05-08
Type of hoax: suspected


New Haven CT

House speaker Mike Johnson claimed "Jewish students are being stabbed in the eye." There is only one claim of anyone being stabbed in the eye, Jewish student Sahar Tartak. The video of the incident shows she was not stabbed in the eye; a pro-Palestine protestor accidentally brushed against her as she stood close to the protest. She screamed ┬░he stabbed me in the eye!"