Family Says Boston Marathon Explosions Suspect Was Interested in ‘Protocols of the Elders of Zion’

April 24, 2013 7:19 pm 10 comments

A cover of the anti-Semitic forgery "The Protocols of the Elders of Zion," which Boston Marathon explosions suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev was reportedly interested in. Photo: Wikimedia Commons.

The former brother-in-law of Boston Marathon explosions suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev said in an interview that the bomber was interested in reading the anti-Semitic forgery The Protocols of the Elders of Zion.

“He never said he hated America or he hated the Jews,” Elmirza Khozhugov, Tamerlan’s ex-brother-in-law, told the Associated Press. “But he was fairly aggressive toward the policies of the U.S. toward countries with Muslim populations. He disliked the wars.”

The Protocols of the Elders of Zion is an anti-Semitic hoax, first published in Russia in 1903, that describes Jewish plans for global domination. The book has become a favorite of anti-Semites and purportedly influenced Adolf Hitler’s views on the Jewish people.

Meanwhile, federal investigators are attempting to piece together how Tamerlan and his brother Dzhokhar became exposed to radical Islam.

According to interviews with family members, Tamerlan was possibly first exposed to radical Islam by an Armenian convert to Islam man named Misha, who may have attended the Islamic Society of Boston mosque in Cambridge, Mass., with Tamerlan.

“I heard about nobody else but this convert,” Tamerlan’s uncle, Ruslan Tsnari, told the Associated Press. “The seed for changing his views was planted right there in Cambridge.”

The head of the Boston-based advocacy and watchdog group Americans for Peace and Tolerance, Dr. Charles Jacobs, who has investigated Boston mosques for possible ties to radical Islamic preachers and groups for more than a decade, says the Islamic Society of Boston may have played a role in the radicalization of the Boston Marathon explosions suspects.

“We don’t know where these boys were radicalized, but this mosque has a curriculum that radicalizes people. Other people have been radicalized there,” Jacobs told USA Today.

10 Comments

  • PC nonsense in this country keeps Obama and his administration from identifying the real culprits; as a result they dance around unnecessary issues of why they do what they do rather than how and when. Mosques in US are known to harbor and generate ill feelings in young, vulnerable, and dissatisfied Muslim youth.

  • If it is known that this Islamic Society of Boston uses a mosque (which is no doubt tax exempt!) to radicalize people, then why the hell hasn’t it been shut down?!?!?!

  • richard sherman

    This is not a suprise. THE PROTOCOLS remains a best seller in muslim communities throughout the world. Antisemitism is foundational to islam. That is why muslims revere a sociopath named Muhammad who personally decapitated 900 unarmed Jews at Quarayza…If you revere an antisemitic sociopath it is not a shock that you read antisemitic garbage.

  • E Pluribus Beagle

    Let me put on my best Captain Renault face and exclaim “Shocked, shocked I tell you!”

  • Luigi Rosolin

    I had thing and comment on Facebook here in Australia that was probably Islamic extremist terrorism, the Boston mosques investigation by Dr Charles is a confirmation that Islamic is a religion of hatred and intolerant to all who are not embracing their wrong teaching that is a mixture of other various faith including Christian value.
    The Islamic, are recognizing Jesus Christ as a prophet!
    Why they do not believe is words, He affirms to be God and clearly condemns any act of violence.
    They are not accepting Jesus as God and even as a prophet because is word is ignored, that is a clear contraction!
    As He said “love your enemy” that is not assuming to be subjected to them!
    Allowing mosques to instigate and keeping their teaching, of hate against infidel can’t be change as the Koran had passage where is asking to do so!
    The only defense is not allowing such ideology to be teach, that imply the closure of mosque and banning of such ideology of hate.
    That is possible, as any association that incite again peace and state law of freedom and respect of other are outlaw.
    If Islamic citizens will complain, can be easily suggest to them to move in country where Islamic are on power.
    The countries where Islam had take power, even whit only25% are imposing a ban and persecute other faith. Thousand of Christian but not only had been repressed and kill .Torture had been used or had to live.
    Is time those nations that are base on freedom and foundation of Christianity as most of western country to stop the indoctrination of most mentally disadvantage people for terror and undermine the social political system for the purpose of taking over and impose Islam.
    USA and western country must move, quickly to stop such conquest plan!

  • a lot of the concrete support in this article is questionable & weak. please keep in mind that these boys are only suspects, there is no ACTUAL PROOF that they did it.. there is lots more proof behind the “crazy conspiracy theorist’s” views of how a private sector of the gov’t was behind this.. pictures online of other possible suspect bombers on the site with gov’t logos (skull with #3) on their uniforms.. but I guess your all’s job is to distort possibilities into facts and spit out a few extra lies to make your version of this typical story exclusive.

    • I retired as chief psych in a men’s maximum security prison where we had scores of African Americans being converted to Muslims and insisted on a special diet, a prayer and instruction sessions. Many of them were filled such rage that they were kept in solitary for months at a time. It was costing Virginia $30,000 a year then; maybe $50,000 today. They used to file “grievances” for any purported injustice or indignity they suffered in prison e.g. the mistaken commissary provision of smooth for nutty peanut butter was one.
      Prisons provide first rate instruction in criminality at our expense equal to Harvard tuition, etc. We don’t have to concern ourselves with imported jihadists only inasmuch as we have our own breeding ground in our prisons and at our expense. I just moved to Israel where I feel safer….so far.

    • Are you nuts? Or do you just live in a cave? No proof?? Killing an MIT police officer and throwing a bomb at police are proof enough for most sane people. Just because someone is a suspect, doesn’t mean he’s innocent. Just semantics to be politically correct.

  • The former brother-in-law of Boston Marathon explosions suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev said in an interview that the bomber was interested in reading the anti-Semitic forgery The Protocols of the Elders of Zion.

    WHY AM I NOT SURPRISED!?

  • Where was the FBI when this guy was attending mosques and listening to radicals…busy watchin’ d’ ball game? We’re rilly safe when these lunatics are out spreading horror and murder! Whenever anything happens, the FBI reads all about it:…. in d’ newspapers!
    THANKS A LOT, GUYS!!!

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