Sunday, July 30, 2017

Germany: Hamburg jihadi “stopped drinking alcohol and started talking about the Quran” - Robert Spencer, Jihad Watch



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About Robert Spencer

ROBERT SPENCER is the director of Jihad Watch, a program of the David Horowitz Freedom Center, and the author of seventeen books, including the New York Times bestsellers The Politically Incorrect Guide to Islam (and the Crusades) and The Truth About Muhammad. His latest book is The Complete Infidel’s Guide to Iran. New in 2017 are The Complete Infidel’s Guide to Free Speech (and Its Enemies) and Confessions of an Islamophobe (Bombardier Books).
Spencer has led seminars on Islam and jihad for the FBI, the United States Central Command, United States Army Command and General Staff College, the U.S. Army’s Asymmetric Warfare Group, the Joint Terrorism Task Force (JTTF), the Justice Department’s Anti-Terrorism Advisory Council and the U.S. intelligence community. He has discussed jihad, Islam, and terrorism at a workshop sponsored by the U.S. State Department and the German Foreign Ministry. He is a consultant with the Center for Security Policy and vice president of the American Freedom Defense Initiative.
Spencer is a weekly columnist for PJ Media and FrontPage Magazine, and has written many hundreds of articles about jihad and Islamic terrorism. His articles on Islam and other topics have appeared in the Los Angeles Times, the San Francisco Examiner, the New York Post, the Washington Times, the Dallas Morning NewsFox News OpinionNational ReviewThe Hill, the Detroit NewsTownHall.comReal Clear Religion, the Daily Caller, the New Criterion, the Journal of International Security Affairs, the UK’s Guardian, Canada’s National PostMiddle East QuarterlyWorldNet DailyFirst ThingsInsight in the NewsAleteia, and many other journals. For nearly ten years Spencer wrote the weekly Jihad Watch column at Human Events. He has also served as a contributing writer to the Investigative Project on Terrorism and as an Adjunct Fellow with the Free Congress Foundation.

https://www.jihadwatch.org/2017/07/germany-hamburg-jihadi-stopped-drinking-alcohol-and-started-talking-about-the-quran

Germany: Hamburg jihadi “stopped drinking alcohol and started talking about the Quran”


German authorities would have immediately discounted his stopping drinking alcohol and starting to talk about the Qur’an as entirely irrelevant to whether or not he would mount a jihad attack. To have considered it as relevant would have been “Islamophobic.” Yet it actually is a reliable indicator: he became devout in Islam, and the Qur’an and Sunnah contain numerous exhortations to wage jihad against the Infidels.
“Hamburg stabbing suspect known as radical, mentally unstable,” by Geir Moulson, Associated Press, July 29, 2017 (thanks to The Religion of Peace):
BERLIN (AP) — A Palestinian man who allegedly stabbed one person to death and wounded six others in Hamburg was known to authorities as a suspected Islamic radical but is also psychologically unstable, German officials said Saturday.
The suspect, a 26-year-old who had no identity papers other than a birth certificate showing he was born in the United Arab Emirates, was quickly overwhelmed by passers-by and arrested after Friday’s attack at a supermarket in Hamburg’s Barmbek district.
He was not named by authorities in keeping with Germany privacy laws.
The man’s motive remained unclear Saturday but he is believed to have acted alone and there are no indications he had links to any network, Hamburg state interior minister Andy Grote said.
Police said the suspect grabbed a kitchen knife with a 20-centimeter (nearly 8-inch) blade from a supermarket shelf on Friday afternoon and stabbed three men, one of them fatally. He then left the supermarket and hurt another three people outside, not all of them with the knife. Passers-by then pursued and overwhelmed him and he was arrested by police….
The suspect arrived in Germany in March 2015 after stops in Spain, Sweden and Norway. His asylum request was rejected late last year and authorities were trying to secure new Palestinian papers to deport him — a process in which they said he had cooperated.
Officials said he was on their radar as a suspected Islamic radical but not as a “jihadist.”
A friend had tipped authorities off to changes in the man, telling them that he stopped drinking alcohol and started talking about the Quran, said Torsten Voss, head of the Hamburg branch of the domestic intelligence agency.
Officials interviewed him and came away with the impression he was a “destabilized personality” but not an immediate danger, Voss said.
“We evaluated him rather as someone who was psychologically unstable than had clear Islamic extremist motivations,” Voss said at a news conference. Authorities don’t know if he had any connections to Hamburg’s Islamic extremist scene….