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
Truthrevolt.org has reported that the identified suspect, Alton Alexander Nolen has been confirmed as a convert to Islam, using the name Jah’Keem Yisrael. The report cites information from a local newspaper, the McCurtain Gazette and advises that Nolen converted to Islam while in prison in 2011.
The Gazette does not appear to maintain an online web presence.
The Islamic Council of Oklahoma has stated that Nolen is “not known to any of the leadership in Oklahoma mosques,” however the Facebook page reviewed and confirmed by the Gazette as his shows several photos of him interacting at “the Islamic Mosque in Oklahoma City.”
The full truthrevolt.org article can be viewed HERE.
A news report (Sep 26, 2014 9:05 AM CST) states that a woman was beheaded during a dispute at a food distribution center in MOORE, Oklahoma.
According to News9.com:
MOORE, Oklahoma – News 9 confirmed that a woman killed after a workplace dispute in Moore was beheaded by the suspect Thursday afternoon.
Sources confirmed with News 9 that the suspect, 30-year-old Alton Alexander Nolen, beheaded a woman at Vaughan Foods in Moore. The woman, later identified as 54-year-old Colleen Hufford, died at the scene.
The report indicated that Nolen was shot by an off duty officer and is expected to live.
From a report by ABC/CNN:
Moore [police] said at a news conference that suspect Alton Alexander Nolen, 30, was terminated from his job at Vaughn Foods on Thursday just before the rampage occurred.
Nolen also recently had been trying to convert co-workers to Islam, [Moore police Sgt. Jeremy] Lewis said, citing investigators’ interviews with people. Moore police have asked the FBI to help them investigate the man’s background, Lewis said.
The incident happened at the Vaughn Foods processing plant in Moore, about 10 miles south of Oklahoma City.
There were no immediate indications of a link to terrorism, officials said.
COMMENT: The U.K. has seen several similar killings within the last year, but the media has been quick to downplay or not even mention the attacker’s ties to Islam. With this incident, it took over 12 hours before it hit the “news cycle” – happening on Thursday (9/25) afternoon and significant coverage not until Friday morning (9/26). We will followup with additional information as it becomes available.