Did Tamerlan Tsarnaev Murder Jews on 10th Anniversary of 9/11?

Kyle Shideler is the Director of Research and Communications at the Endowment for Middle East Truth (emetonline.org). He is a contributing author of “Saudi Arabia and the Global Islamic Terrorist Network: America and the West’s Fatal Embrace”.


tamerlan1Did Boston Marathon bomber Tamerlan Tsarnaev murder Jews on the 10th anniversary of 9/11? That’s the question police are now asking, as they continue to dig into the past of Tamerlan Tsarnaev.

The three young men, Brendan Mess, Erik Weissman and Raphael Teken, were found murdered in an apartment in Waltham, Massachusetts on September 12, 2011. They had been killed the night before.  All three victims had their throats slashed, and their bodies were covered in marijuana. The crime scene was described as particularly brutal, with an investigator saying, “their throats were slashed right out of an al Qaeda training video. “ But Weissman had been arrested previously on charges of possession with intent to distribute, and neighbors also suspected Teken of being involved in the drug trade. For these reasons, police initially suspected a drug connection. At the time of the killing, investigators were looking for two suspects, who were believed to be known to the victims.

Tamerlan Tsarnaev was known to at least one victim. He has been described as having been a “friend” of Brendan Mess, although, notably, Tamerlan later claimed “I don’t have any American friends.” While Tsarnaev’s turn away from alcohol and cigarettes for religious reasons has been highlighted in the press, this declaration also contains intense religious undertones. Explicit prohibitions against friendship with nonbelievers appear repeatedly in the Qu’ran (see 5:51,5:80,3:28,3:118,9:23). It is important to note that Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, the second bombing suspect and Tamerlan’s brother, has been described as a “pot head,” which suggests another possible connection.

Far from being merely randomly cruel, throat slitting could be justified religiously, for instance, by Sura 47:4, which reads, “So, when you meet those who disbelieve (in battle), smite (their) necks until you have fully defeated them, then tighten their bonds[.]”

And also Sura 8:12: “Remember thy Lord inspired the angels [with the message]: “I am with you: give firmness to the Believers: I will instill terror into the hearts of the Unbelievers: smite ye above their necks and smite all their finger-tips off them.”

The killing of victims by slitting the throat is indeed an Islamic terrorist trademark for this very reason. This is perhaps best demonstrated by the murders of reporter Daniel Pearl and businessman Nick Berg. Not coincidentally, both men were also Jews.

The targeted murder of Jews by an increasingly radical Muslim population is already well underway in the Western world, especially in France. Just on Tuesday, April 23rd, a knife-wielding maniac screaming “Allahu akbar” attacked a Rabbi and his son in Paris, attempting to murder them.  In 2012, Mohammed Merah, a French-Algerian terrorist with Al-Qaeda ties, murdered a Rabbi, and three young Jewish children, along with two French soldiers, before being killed by French counter-terror forces. In 2006, Ilan Halimi, a Jewish salesman, was tortured to death by Islamist gangsters in Paris. According to witnesses, passages of the Quran were chanted while Halimi was stabbed and burned.

Islamic anti-Semitism played a role in all of these killings and attacks. Indeed the legacy of Islamic anti-Semitism is extensive, and developed independently from classical Western anti-Semitism, although there are areas of cross-influence.

If evidence is discovered that shows that the Tsarnaev brothers (either one or both) played a role in the murder of these three young men (at least two of whom were Jewish) back in 2011, it will be easy to claim that, in hindsight, they should have been obvious suspects. This is somewhat unfair. The world is a violent place, and the drug underground even more so. Police see far too much murder and mayhem to be expected to immediately jump to such a conclusion.

But an understanding of how men like Tamerlan ascribe great import to classical, and violent, interpretations of Islamic texts does provide motive, and modus operandi that would have been valuable for investigators to understand. And unfortunately, these classical understandings are of the kind taught in far too many American mosques, including, likely, the one Tsarnaev attended.

More important is what it suggests moving forward. If Tamerlan was involved in the deaths of these three men on the anniversary of September 11th, in 2011, then he was already a hardened killer well before his return trip to Chechnya in 2012. All talk of his having been “radicalized” in Chechnya, already an unlikely claim, would be undermined. If Tamerlan was involved in the deaths of these three men, it also means that European-style, violent, Islamic anti-Semitism has reached American shores, and, as in France, carries with it direct ties to what is sanitized as terrorism, even though for men like Tamerlan Tsarnaev and Mohammad Merah, casual murder and high-profile bombings are simply different manifestations of the same jihad.

Given the tendency by the media to give short shrift to the religious motivations and violent ideology of Islamist terrorists, preferring instead to seek any other kind of explanation, and the federal government’s move to purge counter-terrorism trainers who can provide instruction on the religiously-based motives and methods of Islamist violence, we can expect that more Islamist violence is likely to go undetected. And more murders may go unsolved.

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  • κατεργάζομαι

    The Russians knew it. The question is, did they pass that info along to the FBI in November?

    The picture that is emerging of Tamerlan Tsarnaev is one of gradual radicalization – a process that may have sped up once he returned from Russia.

    We're still not sure who began him thinking along the lines of jihad, but its a good bet that if those intel reports are true, his meeting with an extremist in Russia helped the process along.

    The FBI is going to have a lot of explaining to do when Congress holds hearings on the bombing in the near future.

    Read more: http://www.americanthinker.com/blog/2013/04/did_t

    • eib

      The FBI, particularly in coastal Massachusetts, is probably chock-full of multiculturalist "useful idiots."
      It's no accident that the 9-11 terrorists took off from Logan Airport.

  • http://www.adinakutnicki.com AdinaK

    WITHOUT a shadow of a doubt the throat slits were done to "commemorate" Islam's slamming into America's shores on 9/11/01. In fact, when this jihad occurred some contacts of mine (the same contacts noted herein – http://www.israelnationalnews.com/Articles/Articl… noted the timing and intersection with their Muslim roommate, thus appealing to Boston's authorities to veer in the direction of Islamic jihad. NO one listened to them, despite their proven bonafides as investigative journalists. HOWEVER, now that Boston's jihad comes full circle, this case is being seen for what it is – http://adinakutnicki.com/2013/04/26/us-western-wa

    Adina Kutnicki, Israel http://adinakutnicki.com/about/

  • Burlington

    Pumping a bullet into the head of the MIT police officer is an act probably committed by an experienced killer. Killing a human is said to be hard for a first timer.

  • Izzy

    N oone, absolutely no one is writing about this incredible story.
    No major paper, no major news channel!
    The MSM are just not here. It does not contribute to their narrative.
    I wrote thr reporter of the original story 2 years ago in the Boston Globe.
    SILENCE.

  • Rifleman

    When people found bound with their throats slit the first thing that pops into my head these days is islam. When it happens on a significant day in islam, Id go ahead and put money on it. Copts in the USA have been murdered the same way, and God knows how many others. In this case, a competitor, jilted supplier, or customer would have almost certainly have taken the money, and probably the drugs. This was personal and symbolic, probably one or both of the brothers breaking with their old haram life and embracing jihad.

  • Cassandra

    The killing of victims by slitting the throat is indeed an Islamic terrorist trademark for this very reason. This is perhaps best demonstrated by the murders of reporter Daniel Pearl and businessman Nick Berg. Not coincidentally, both men were also Jews.

    There it is Islam.

  • eib

    "Hangman" Heydrich would be so, so proud.
    Islam is profane.
    Mohammed is a false prophet.
    Allah is a demon.
    Only the followers of a profane religion would do these things.
    We judge them by their fruits– they follow a false prophet.

  • Adam

    I think it was an initiation ritual, he had to prove himself before he went to Dagestan for his terrorist training. The murders earned him his stripes.

    • http://twitter.com/grassmarket32 @grassmarket32

      Adam, I think you could well be right. One thing that has been bothering me over the last few days is how the modern, loosely organised version of Al Qaeda is able to ensure that it is not over-run with anti-jihadist spies. It could well be that ordering people to commit murder is a genuine method they are using to protect themselves.

  • Amani

    The High Shaykh of Islam dr. Muhammad Tahir Ul Qadri the globally recognized authority on the law and spirit of Islam in 2/2010 iisued a 600 page FATWA (Islamic Decree). In this decree and based on Islamic scripture and Hadith(sayings of the Last Prophet (peace & blessings on him) ; Isalm deals a devastating blow to Al Qaeda and its affiliates by removing decisively and remnant of theological justification for terrorism. No longer can the Taliban or similar organizations use Muslim scripture to advance the onslaught of civilians be they non-Muslim or Muslim. Dr. muhammad Tahir Ul Qadri announces that suicide bombings and attacks against civilian targets are condemed by Islam and the perpetrators are rendered Totally Out of The Fold of Islam, and to become unbelievers themselves. Muhammad Tahir Ul Qadri states that terrorists commit acts of self and mass murder with the firm conviction they will be rewarded by God and that theyare heaven bound. However the islamic decree shows thru scriptual evidence that these perpetrators of these crimes are destined for hell. to read more go to http://www.fatwaonterrorism.com

    • digdigby

      There is no 'pope' in islam, no 'globally recognized authority'. This is a bunch of horse manure.

    • defcon 4

      SOddy Barbaria released a bunch of convicted islamic terrorists only a couple of years ago w/the only proviso being that they don't practice takfir in the kingdom of Soddy Barbaria, IOW, they didn't care if they began killing infidels/kufrs elsewhere as long as it wasn't in Soddy Barbaria.

  • Jaladhi

    Whether the Bostton bomber did it or some body else, it is certain it was done by a Muslim. Only Muslims kill infidels by cutting throats. This is the method their ideal man Mo followed killing the jews of Medina. Nobody can exceed cruelty of Muslims!!!

  • Cathy

    FBI doles out awards to Muslims
    Posted on April 8, 2013
    http://creepingsharia.wordpress.com/2013/04/08/fb

  • Bolden

    We are faced with an underlying threat to our society in that the Politically Correct media will not shine the spotlight of true investigative reporting on this case which clearly has overwhelming ramifications for the connections to the Boston bombings and Islamic terrorist sleeper cells in our country. Under "normal" circumstances (prior to the PC fanaticism) the press would be falling all over themselves to get the scoop on this story, which would propel the writers to things like Pullitzer Prize recognition, source material for novels, TV movies and documentaries, major films and who knows what else. But Political Correctness muzzles the whole process.