FALSE CLAIM: Man arrested for allegedly lying about being victim of anti-Palestinian hate crime: cops

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An Ohio man has been arrested for allegedly lying to police about being the victim of an anti-Palestinian hate crime.

Hesham A. Ayyad, 20, told the Cleveland chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations that a driver had hurled anti-Palestinian slurs at him and hit him with his car, according to an Oct. 23. CAIR press release demanding an investigation into the incident.

North Ridgefield police arrested Ayyad on Tuesday and said he lied about the encounter and that his injuries had come from a fight with his brother, Cleveland.com reported.

Ayyad claimed that while walking near the border of Olmsted Falls and North Ridgeville at around 4:10 p.m., a vehicle pulled beside him and the driver began yelling statements like “Kill all Palestinians,” and “Long live Israel.”

“The driver then allegedly turned around and hit the man while shouting ‘DIE!’” CAIR wrote in a statement based on Ayyad’s claims. They included a picture of Ayyad in a hospital bed with a neck brace.

Ayyad told North Ridgeville police officers that he “had been struck by a vehicle and that the incident was racially motivated.”

“We hope the North Ridgeville Police Department and the FBI will collect all the information they need to charge this individual with a hate crime,” Faten Odeh, CAIR-Ohio, Cleveland Interim Executive Director, said at the time.

Investigators later found footage that showed Ayyad lied about the incident, police said.

Instead, the injuries “were caused by a violent fight that the alleged victim had participated in with his brother, which was confirmed by area video surveillance,” police said.

Cleveland.com reports that Ayyad was arrested Tuesday and charged with making false alarms, falsification, obstructing official business, domestic violence and assault.

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