A friend upstate just called me, "I just heard that the suspect was from Saudi Arabia and the victim (professor) was a convert to Judaism. Suspect named in fatal stabbing of Binghamton University professor"
This comes fresh on the heels of the April masscare in Binghamton that took 13 lives and wounded 26 others (see here and here. ). My informants told me at the time that that too was jihad related but shhhhhhhhhhhhhh. We don't want to defame or insult islam.
Creeping Sharia is reporting that the victim, Antoun may have been an apostate from islam. (If true, that surely merits assassination!) Binghamton University Professor Richard T. Antoun was a Jewish convert through his wife. His grandfather was Muslim.
Creeping Sharia (he has to change his name to "raging sharia") has the story:
Hat tip to Thomas Paine and others who sent us the information which has now been updated with the suspects information. Why did this man stab a professor of Middle Eastern studies who has authored "Understanding Fundamentalism: Christian, Islamic, and Jewish Movements," and other books on Islam over the last 20 years, particularly related to Jordan?
stargazette.comSuspect identified in fatal stabbing of Binghamton University professor:
VESTAL — Abdulsalam Al-Zahrani has been charged with second-degree murder in the stabbing death of Binghamton University Professor Richard T. Antoun.
Al-Zahrani was taken to the Broome County Jail at 1:30 a.m. Saturday, said Broome County Sheriff's Sgt. Paul Carlson. He arraigned in Vestal Town Court Saturday morning. No bail was set.
Al-Zahrani, of Main Street, Binghamton, was charged by Binghamton University Police. Al-Zahrani was a cultural anthropology student working on his dissertation, according to the university Web site.
Professor Passes Away After Stabbing at Binghamton University | WBNG News | Dec 4, 2009
Violence strikes the Binghamton University campus in Vestal.
As a professor passed away after being attacked by a student.
A Binghamton University professor is dead tonight after being stabbed by an anthropology student.
It happened around 1:45 pm Friday in the Science 1 Building on campus.
This is video of the hallway where the incident happened.
A witness tells Action News that an older male graduate student entered the office of professor Richard Antoun and then stabbed him.
The witness also says she saw campus police tackle the assailant to the ground, then emergency service workers rushed to Antoun's side to treat him.
"We waited, he came out of the office after about ten minutes, they were doing chest compressions, it didn't really look good. It was an anthropology grad student who was doing middle eastern studies I believe," said BU Senior Devin Sheppard.
Campus officials say the suspect in custody, but have yet to release his name.
Antoun, who had lived on Vestal's Murray Hill Road for a number of years, is a published author who has written several books. He published the book Understanding Fundamentalism: Christian, Islamic, and Jewish Movements
A BU biography of Antoun shows that he received a doctorate from Harvard University in Massachusetts in 1963. The bio describes Antoun as an emeritus professor who is a, "sociocultural anthropologist who has conducted research among peasants in Jordan, urbanites in Lebanon, peasant-farmers in Iran, and migrants in Texas and Greece.
His scholarly interests center on comparative religion and symbolic systems, the social organization of tradition in Islamic law and ethics, the sociology of dispute with respect to tribal law in the Middle East, local-level politics, and the impact of transnational migration on education, work, and cultural change."
SOURCE #2: http://www.theithacajournal.com/arti…ath-by-student
The attack comes nearly eight months to the day 13 people were massacred by a single gunman at the American Civic Association in Binghamton. It also extended BU's string of misfortune. In the past year and a half, the university has endured the near-death beating of one of its students and the flight to Serbia of one of the alleged assailants — former BU basketball player Miladin Kovacevic; a sexual harassment suit brought by one of its employees; the legal and off-the-court troubles that dismantled the basketball team; and an ongoing SUNY investigation. Unanswered questions continue to swirl around all of those events.
Student Held in Killing of Binghamton Professor
A 46-year-old Binghamton University graduate student from Saudi Arabia was charged on Saturday with killing a retired anthropology professor, a specialist in Islamic and Middle Eastern studies with whom he had worked, the authorities said.
The student, Abdulsalam S. al-Zahrani, was charged with second-degree murder in the death of the professor, Richard T. Antoun, who was stabbed in his office in the university’s Science I building on Friday afternoon, said Gerald F. Mollen, the district attorney in Broome County. “We believe the murder weapon was recovered,” he said.
Mr. Mollen said in a statement that Mr. Zahrani and Professor Antoun had known each other through Mr. Zahrani’s “work in the graduate program.” Later, in an interview, the district attorney said that “they’ve known each other for quite some time.” The extent of their contact was not immediately clear.
Mr. Zahrani, a citizen of Saudi Arabia who is a graduate student in anthropology, was being held without bail at the Broome County Sheriff’s Correctional Facility after his arraignment in Town Court in Vestal, N.Y., Mr. Mollen said.
Mr. Mollen declined to say whether Mr. Zahrani had made any statements to the authorities. He said he was unsure if the suspect had retained a lawyer.
Professor Antoun, 77, received a doctorate from Harvard in 1963 and joined the Binghamton faculty in the early 1970s. He was “a sociocultural anthropologist who has conducted research among peasants in Jordan, urbanites in Lebanon, peasant farmers in Iran and migrants in Texas and Greece,” according to the university’s Web site. He retired in 1999 as professor emeritus.
“He dedicated his life to trying to understand the people of the Middle East,” said the professor’s sister Linda Miller, of Holden, Mass. “He never said an unkind word to anyone in his life.”
Ms. Miller’s husband, the Rev. David J. Miller, said that Professor Antoun had been married to his wife, Rosalyn, for 17 years and had a son, Nicholas, 40.
Professor Antoun’s work focused on religion and the social organization of tradition in Islamic law and ethics, among other things, according to the university’s Web site. He had taught at the University of Chicago, Manchester University in England and Cairo University, according to his curriculum vitae.
The killing was met with grief on the Binghamton campus, which is nearing the end of the fall semester. The university, which is part of the State University of New York system, has an enrollment of 15,000 students.
“Our entire community has been affected by this,” Gail C. Glover, a university spokeswoman, said on Saturday. “We are feeling profoundly sad. Professor Antoun was a longtime member of our campus community, and his loss is profoundly felt.”
In his statement, Mr. Mollen said there was “no indication of religious or ethnic motivation” in the killing. He said no other arrests were expected.
Asked if the suspect had any prior contact with university officials for any reason, Ms. Glover said, “I am sure all of this will be part of the investigation.”
Campus police were called about 1:41 p.m. Friday to Professor Antoun’s office on the ground floor of the Science I building, Ms. Glover said. Students in a volunteer ambulance service known as Harpur’s Ferry also responded, she said. The professor, who had been stabbed a number of times, was taken to Wilson Regional Medical Center in Johnson City, N.Y., where he died, Mr. Mollen said.
University officials canceled some classes and events after the attack. But in an e-mail message sent within hours, they reported that a “suspect is in custody.”
It was followed by an e-mail message from Lois B. DeFleur, the university president, who called the killing, “an act of senseless violence.”
“Our hearts go out to the Antoun family,” she added.
... And then see the WHITEWASH: of course, Islam ' is a religion of peace"; once again, Islam has nothing to do with murder!
December 5, 2009
3 Muslim students say they tried to avoid Al-Zahrani
By Doug Schneider
VESTAL -- Encounters with accused killer Abdulsalam Al-Zahrani led several local Muslims to take steps to avoid him when they saw him on campus or elsewhere in the community.
Al-Zahrani, the man accused of fatally stabbing Binghamton University Professor Richard Antoun on campus Friday, had accused fellow Middle Eastern students of following him, answering a greeting of peace with an obscene insult, and disparaging a local mosque, according to three students interviewed Saturday night.
"Tell these students not to follow me," Awni Qasaimeh, a Jordanian studying for his doctorate in industrial and systems engineering, said Al-Zahrani told him last week. "Do not make me trouble."
Qasaimeh said Al-Zahrani mentioned three students by name, causing Qasaimeh to wonder if Al-Zahrani might want to harm the students. To Qasaimeh, Al-Zahrani did not behave like a Muslim because he smoked tobacco during Ramadan and failed to attend Friday prayer services.
Al-Zahrani faces a murder charge in the death of Antoun, an emeritus professor of anthropology. He was stabbed with a knife in an office area of BU's Science I building.
Mohammad Hamasha, another doctoral student from Jordan, recalled an encounter with Al-Zahrani on a bus in Johnson City a year ago.
Hamasha said he addressed Al-Zahrani with a traditional Muslim greeting meaning "peace be upon you." He said Al-Zahrani responded, "you are the brother of a (expletive)."
Hamasha was saddened this weekend to learn that tragedy had connected Al-Zahrani and Antoun.
"He (Antoun) had come to my country," said Hamasha, who recalled the professor speaking at Yarmouk University in Jordan. "He had made a very good impression" on people with whom he spoke.
Though Al-Zahrani claimed to be Muslim, the students said, a true follower of the religion would not have harmed a professor or have spoken as Al-Zahrani did. Kasim Kopuz, imam of the Islamic Association of the Southern Tier, said association members were not familiar with Al-Zahrani.
One student was offended by a comment Al-Zahrani made to him about a year ago.
"He insulted Islam, my religion, which is a good religion," said Samer Salameh, a master's degree candidate, who said Al-Zahrani used the phrase 'garbage in Johnson City' in an apparent reference to a local mosque. "That is not acting like a Muslim."