Beheading in OK – media fails the “facts”?
The Moore, OK beheading by Alton Alexander Nolen (aka: Jah’Keem Yisrael) has generated considerable media coverage – a stark contrast to reporting of the Ali Muhammad Brown jihad murders. At the time of this writing there are still a number questions to be asked, but Nolen’s Facebook page and reported witness comments leaves little doubt that his actions were linked to his embrace of Islam.
Unfortunately, some media outlets have taken the story to a disturbing level with unverified information – going “viral” on a number of websites.
The issue we bring to question: a reported “link” of Nolen to Boston Iman Suhaib Webb, the Boston Bombing, and in turn to al Qaeda.
This connection is based on the premise that Iman Webb was associated with the same mosque that Nolen had attended – the Islamic Society of Greater Oklahoma City. The reports appear to be based on a single article published by Breibart. We did some quick research into dates to determine a proper timeline. The result disclosed some problems with the claim Nolen is “linked” with Iman Webb:
- Iman Webb had been hired in the late 1990s as Imam at the Islamic Society of Greater Oklahoma City (ISGOC). The alleged “ties to al Qaeda” come from a speech Webb made in 2001 with radical American cleric Anwar al Awlaki. Webb’s involvement with ISGOC started in the 1990s after he converted to Islam in 1992.
- From 2004-2010, Iman Webb left the U.S. with his family and studied Islam at Al-Azhar University in Cairo, Egypt.
- From 2010 to 2011, Webb moved to the Bay Area, California, where he worked with the Muslim American Society.
- From December 2011 to March 2014 Imam Suhaib Webb served as the Islamic Society of Boston Cultural Center’s Imam
Multiple reports confirm that Nolen converted to Islam sometime in 2011, apparently while in jail. Iman Webb’s association with the Islamic Society of Greater Oklahoma City had ended over ten years prior to that. When Webb left ISGOC in 2001, Nolen was 17 years old and still residing in Idabel, OK, over 3 1/2 hours/242 miles from Oklahoma City and ISGOC.
The chance that Boston Iman Webb had any direct contact or influence with Alton Alexander Nolen is extremely remote.
In our opinion, the loose reporting highlighted above only serves to spread rumors. Ironically, it also provides ammunition to Islamists and bolsters claims of hysterical “islamaphobia” made by CAIR, MPAC and others …
— Mohamed Elibiary (@MohamedElibiary) September 26, 2014