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Sunday, 6 December 2009
Kimball on the Antoun Murder

Following up on this story, Roger Kimball writes:

What do you think? Professor Richard T. Antoun, a 77-year-old emeritus professor of anthropology at Binghamton University, was a peace activist who preached the gospel of tolerance among religions.

Unfortunately, his message of tolerance and accommodation failed to make the appropriate impression on Abdulsalam S. Al-Zahrani, a 46-year-old Muslim graduate student at the University. On Friday, Al-Zahrani went to Professor Antoun’s office and stabbed him several times with a kitchen knife. Antoun was taken to a local hospital where he was pronounced dead.

According to Gerald F. Mollen, the Broome County district attorney, there was “no indication of religious or ethnic motivation” in the killing.

I’m glad the DA told us this. Otherwise we might get the wrong idea. Professor Antoun, though raised as a Methodist, had recently become interested in Judaism through his wife.

Al-Zahrani, a citizen of Saudi Arabia, recently wrote an angry letter to the editor of a Middle Eastern newspaper explaining that “no failure equals the Israeli” and describing Israel as “the shame of humanity.”

So, what do you think, Watson? Here’s a query for the DA: what would count as “an indication” that a “religious or ethnic motivation” was involved in a murder? Just asking.

Posted on 12/06/2009 10:39 AM by Rebecca Bynum
7 Dec 2009

A followup article from the NY Times:

The perpetrator may have been mentally unstable, helped along by inculcated attitudes from, and tenets of, islam.

6 Dec 2009

According to

Antoun was a past president of MESA.

His c.v. states he was elected President of MESA in November 1981 and he seems to have served until at least 1983.

Hmm.  It will be interesting to see how MESA reports this murder.

6 Dec 2009

 I observe that, curiously enough, the attack happened on a *Friday*, the Muslim 'holy' day.   

If I were the cop investigating the case, I would be trying to find out whether the murderer attends a mosque, and whether he had attended 'prayers' before going off to commit the murder.

There have been quite a lot of cases of 'sudden jihad syndrome'; I wonder what proportion of those, in the UK or Israel or the USA or Switzerland (yes, there have been such attacks in Switzerland, Muslims running amok with a weapon and killing random Infidels), took place on Fridays?