Some notes on the aftermath of the Boston terror attacks

April 26, 2013

Erik Weissman was almost decapitated: was he also one of Tsarnaev’s victims


* For medical reasons, I was unable to send a dispatch earlier this week about the aftermath of the Boston terror attacks. Some of you may by now be familiar with various items in this dispatch, but because there are thousands of subscribers to this list from countries as far afield as Uruguay and Australia, many of you may not have done. I am also sending another dispatch with some articles of interest about Boston.


* UN official says U.S. had Boston attack coming, and blames “relations with Tel Aviv”

* Boston terror suspect now being investigated for near beheading of Jewish men on tenth anniversary of 9/11 attacks

* Bewilderment among many as John Kerry compares Boston terror victims with militant Turks

* Chechnya “to build 2nd-largest mosque in Israel after Al-Aqsa”


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1. Quote of the day
2. So this is what twitter has come down to
3. Tamerlan Tsarnaev “sought Protocols book”
4. Boston terror suspect now being investigated for gruesome murder of Jewish men
5. Israeli doctor treats Boston terrorist, victims; says “I’m used to it”
6. Fury in Israel as “idiot” John Kerry compares Boston terror victims with militant Turks
7. UN official says U.S. had Boston attack coming, and blames “relations with Tel Aviv”
8. Official Boston Marathon bombing injury toll rises to 264
9. Relative of Boston suspects alleges Russian plot to discredit Chechen separatists
10. Chechnya builds “2nd-largest mosque” in Israel after Al-Aqsa
11. Their mother was also in trouble with the law
12. Those Zionists again!

[Notes below by Tom Gross]


“He was angry that the world pictures Islam as a violent religion.”

-- From an e-mail to a New York Times reporter by the former brother-in-law of Tamerlan Tsarnaev, explaining the suspected Boston bomber’s motives.



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Tamerlan Tsarnaev, one of the brothers suspected of carrying out the Boston Marathon bombings, told a relative he was searching the Internet for a copy of the “Protocols of the Elders of Zion.”

Elmirza Khozhugov, who was married to Tsarnaev’s sister, Ailina, told the Associated Press that Tsarnaev had been radicalized by a Christian convert to Islam whom he named as Misha.

Khozhugov added that Tsarnaev started visiting conspiracy websites, and was intending to buy a copy of the “Protocols,” a notorious anti-Semitic Tsarist forgery later used by the Nazis to help pave the way for the Holocaust.



Boston police are now investigating whether three men whose throats were cut on September 12, 2011, in Waltham, Mass., were killed by Tamerlan Tsarnaev. Tsarnaev, who was killed in a shootout with Boston police last week, was a close friend of one of the three murdered men, Brendan Mess, his boxing partner.

But he did not know the two Jewish men murdered with Mess. In the wake of the Boston Marathon attacks, suspicion has arisen that since the 2011 murders occurred just after the 10th anniversary of 9/11, and since the other two victims, Raphael Teken, 37, and Erik Weissman, 31, were Jewish, Tsarnaev may have persuaded Mess to locate some Jews and then killed Mess too when Mess objected to Tsarnaev’s actions.

It seems from some of his YouTube and other internet use that Tamerlan Tsarnaev, like many Islamist terrorists, may have been a vicious anti-Semite.

Teken grew up in Brookline, went to Brandeis, and was buried in Israel. Last week, friends of Erik Weissman pressed the police to renew their efforts concerning the unsolved case.

Their murder was particularly gruesome. The victims were found in a Waltham, Massachusetts apartment. They had their throat slashed so violently that their heads were nearly decapitated, according to ABC News.

A Waltham investigator called the murders “the worst bloodbath I have ever seen in a long law enforcement career. Their throats were slashed right out of an al Qaeda training video,” he told ABC.



Professor Kevin (Ilan) Tabb, the director of Boston’s Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, a teaching hospital of Harvard Medical School where suspected terrorist Dzokhar Tsarnaev is being treated, told Yediot Ahronot, Israel’s highest selling paper, that “the situation reminded me of terror attacks in Israel.”

He said that the fact that only a few meters separated the surviving suspect in the terror attack from those who were injured in the twin blasts, is similar to situations he has experienced in Israel.

Twenty-four people who were injured in the Boston marathon attack were admitted to the Beth Israel hospital, among them 16 who are in serious condition.

Tabb previously worked at Hadassah Ein Kerem hospital in Jerusalem. He added that the director of the ER room in Boston was also Israeli.

“It was very similar to what I was used to in Israel in that we had to admit many injured people in a short period of time,” Professor Tabb said. “The fact that we are treating both the victims and the suspected terrorist also reminds me of similar situations in Israel. In Israel we had an injured Israeli and a terrorist lying on adjacent beds. When an injured person is admitted to the ER, the doctor or nurse treats him without asking questions.”

Relatives of some of the people injured in the Boston terror attack criticized the decision to treat Tsarnaev in the same hospital as their loved ones.

“I don’t understand why they would bring him where my son Paul is,” said Liz Norden, who is keeping vigil at her son’s bedside in the intensive care unit at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center.

Norden told NBC she was “angry” when Tsarnaev was brought to the hospital Friday night, wounded from a gun-battle with police.

Paul and his older brother J.P. both lost a leg. “I can’t even tell you how devastating it’s been,” Norden said. “Those two (the bombers) shattered my world.”



There is anger and bewilderment in Israel (and elsewhere) after the U.S. secretary of state, John Kerry, compared the Boston terror victims with the armed Islamist militants killed after they attacked Israeli soldiers on the Mavi Marmara boat (which was not in fact found to be carrying any humanitarian aid), sailing to Gaza in 2010.

Israeli Deputy Defense Minister Danny Danon said Kerry’s analogy likening the families of the flotilla casualties to those affected by the marathon bombing “confuses terrorists with their victims”.

Kerry made the remarks while visiting Ankara last Sunday.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s office has declined to comment in the interests of maintaining good relations with the Obama administration.


Kerry was also criticized this week in the U.S. for his remarks, as well as bring criticized for other remarks he made in Washington in which he described the upcoming Iranian elections on June 14 (in which only a select handful of regime-approved candidates are being allowed to stand) as “normal.” Critics said that Secretary Kerry seems to believe that Iranian elections are just like American or British ones.



Richard Falk, the UN official who has been criticized by me and others many times for his repeated anti-Semitic comments and comparisons of Israel with the Nazis, said that the Boston Marathon bombings last week should have been expected given U.S. policies to Israel.

Falk, who was appointed in 2008 by the UN Human Rights Council as “the UN Special Rapporteur in the Palestinian territories,” despite (or perhaps because of) his record of anti-Semitism and the fact that Falk himself is Jewish, was writing in the online version of Foreign Policy Journal.

The 83-year-old Falk wrote about the Boston attacks that “as long as Tel Aviv has the compliant ear of the American political establishment, those who wish for peace and justice in the world should not rest easy.”

“He was picked by the UN for a reason, and the reason is not to have an objective assessment – the objective is to find more ammunition to go after Israel,” former U.S. ambassador to the UN John Bolton said after Falk’s appointment.

Falk was also a board member of Human Rights Watch and was finally removed last year from the HRW board after one anti-Semitic comment too many, and after he posted on his personal blog a cartoon showing a hideous-looking caricature of a Jew urinating on the U.S. while feasting on blood. It was said to resemble a cartoon out of 1930s Germany.

Falk was previously a professor at America’s prestigious Princeton University.

UN chief Ban Ki-moon initially said that he would not condemn Falk for his Boston bomb essay, since he is “not responsible” for Falk’s “independent views,” said UN spokesman Farhan Haq. But yesterday Ban backtracked and did condemn Falk for his latest outrageous comments.

The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Navi Pillay, has refused to sack Falk despite repeatedly being urged to do so by various Western governments.



In the days following the explosions the estimated number admitted to Boston hospitals had been set at around 180. That figure has risen in recent days as people who suffered minor injuries sought care.

A spokeswoman for the Boston Public Health Commission, Katinka Podmaniczky, said 264 people had been treated in area hospitals “with injuries related to the bombings”.

She said the figure had been rising slowly in recent days. “We’ve seen it go up incrementally as people who may have been injured, but not seriously, decided that they did need some care. One of the examples would be hearing loss – ringing in the ears that people thought might go away and didn’t immediately, so they needed treatment.”

The Boston Public Health Commission said it had opened a new drop-in center to provide free counseling to anyone affected by the attack.



A member of the suspected Boston marathon bombers’ extended family said they were victims of a Russian plot to portray them as Chechen terrorists operating on U.S. soil.

Said Tsarnaev, who lives in Grozny, the capital of Russia’s occupied Chechnya region, accused Moscow of sending false information to the United States to frame the suspects, ethnic Chechen brothers Tamerlan and Dzokhar Tsarnaev.

He said Moscow wanted to convince the West that an Islamist insurgency being waged across Russia’s North Caucasus had gone global, resulting in an attack on an American target.

“It would not have happened without the involvement of the Russian side,” Tsarnaev, 56, told Reuters in his home in Grozny.

“Russia needed to show the West, including the United States, that Chechens are terrorists. They needed to blacken their reputation and present these two people and the Chechen people as a whole as terrorists. This is why it all happened,” added Tsarnaev, a local photojournalist who has worked for various publications including Reuters.

Defending the brothers, he accused Russia’s FSB security service of sending “disinformation” to the United States which portrayed them as extremists, two years ago.

He echoed views expressed by others in their close-knit family who have denied that the brothers carried out the bombings.

The family is part of a Chechen diaspora dating back to the 1940s when Soviet leader Josef Stalin deported most of Chechnya’s population to Central Asia because of concerns they were collaborating with the advancing Nazi army.



The report below is from the Russia Today global 24 hours TV network:

Russia’s Chechen Republic is funding the construction of a mosque which it claims will be the second-largest in Israel after the famous Al-Aqsa. It will be located just 10 km from Jerusalem and hold several thousands of worshippers at a time.

The location of the mosque is the Abu Ghosh village, which is partially populated by ethnic Chechens.

Construction is already underway. The mosque is being built on a street named after ex-Chechen President Akhmad Kadyrov, who was assassinated in 2004. The mosque will also be named after the deceased president, the father of the republic’s present leader, Ramzan Kadyrov.

“This will be the second-largest mosque in Israel, after the holy Al-Aqsa. Two of the towers have already been built,” Russian MP Adam Delimkhanov said after visiting the Israeli village.

Al-Aqsa, the third-holiest site in Islam, is located in the Old City of Jerusalem and the largest mosque in Israel. It sits on the Temple Mount, which is also the holiest site in Judaism.

The idea for the construction of the new mosque is to strengthen the relationship between Israel and Russia, stated Ramzan Kadyrov as he promised to visit Israel to attend the opening ceremony.

The decision to finance the construction was made after the local residents failed to collect enough money to build the mosque, the Chechen government website says. The exact cost of the project remains unknown.

The mosque will be decorated in the Chechen tradition and language/culture courses will be organized for local ethnic Chechen population.

“These people emigrated to the Middle East five centuries ago. They want to preserve their national identity and cultural identity. This is worthy of deep respect. It is important to introduce them to our traditions,” said Kadyrov.



Many press reports are failing to explain that the reason that Dzokhar Tsarnaev’s mother fled the U.S. and has not returned is that she skipped bail after being arrested on shoplifting charges last year.

And Tamerlan Tsarnaev was living on taxpayer-funded state welfare benefits, refusing to take a job, allowing him plenty of time to read radical Islamic websites.



And in case you were wondering how the (unfortunately) thousands of crazy people out there could blame Boston bombings on Israel, you can find out on internet sites like “veterans today” who have posted a piece explaining how Israel was responsible for planting the bombs. (I won’t give the link to a hate site like this.)

On that fairly popular site, you can also read how the Jewish state was behind the 9/11 attacks, the London and Madrid train bombings, the Haiti earthquake and just about everything else.

[Notes above by Tom Gross]

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