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Robert Spencer Attempts to Falsely Link Belgian Attacker to Islam, Based Solely on His Muslamic Sounding Name

Robert Spencer

There is no denying the uptick in right-wing terrorism in Europe, Anders Breivik being the most glaring example of this violence. The ties between fanatical right-wingers in Europe and in the United States is well known, Robert Spencer being a prominent figure in such circles. Of course, right-wing Islamophobes are in denial about the resurgent xenophobia and anti-Muslim hysteria they have helped foster and which is now having deadly consequences.

Now, Robert “Police Blotter” Spencer is at it again, resorting to his well worn modus operandi of trying to link any possible crime “allegedly” committed by a Muslim to Islam.

He does this of course to dehumanize Muslims, inflate and exaggerate the stealth-Muslamic-Islamization threat and also to deflect from any negative news regarding the so-called “counter jihad” movement.

This is clear when we learn that just today a man with links to extreme right-wing groups in Italy murdered two Senegalese traders. This is the sort of violence that is usually applauded amongst the “internet counter jihadis,” including on Spencer’s own site as well as that of his friends.

Spencer quickly jumped on a Telegraph report about an attack in Liege, Belgium, in which four people were killed and dozens injured. According to the Telegraph report, the attacker was identified as Nordine Amrani citing (without a link) something called the “Karachi Post,” saying the attack was linked to an “honor killing.”

To say the least, this whet Spencer’s enormous anti-Muslim Islamophobic appetite. Spencer went on to write,

…the Telegraph notes a link to an honor killing case that could indicate that this was yet another act of violence by Misunderstanders of the Religion of Peace.

Spencer’s own fans took issue with his jumping the gun, cautioning him not to make a fool out of himself:

GnaeusNaevius | December 13, 2011 7:01 AM | Reply

Be careful before attributing this to Islamic terror. We don’t know for sure yet.If it transpires that it has nothing to do with Islam, it makes Jihad watch look bad.

Spencer responded by blaming others, as well as saying that “GnaeusNaevius” criticism sounds “like something out of the looniest Islamic supremacist foes of this site.”

Gnaeus goes on to have another exchange with Spencer,

GnaeusNaevius | December 13, 2011 7:15 AM | Reply

Hi Robert,

Thanks for your reply. Your point is well taken, but I would rather you had held back until we had CONCRETE evidence of the motivations of this attack. Otherwise, it does make you a bit too keen to pin things like this on Muslims. It’s happened before.

My advice is for your benefit, not mine.

Best Regards,

Will.

Gnaeus

Actually, I am not keen to “pin things like this on Muslims,” and whatever you think has “happened before,” in reality I have always done what I have done here: report available evidence.

If the Telegraph reports on the honor killing link, and the Flanders News gives the attacker’s name (the Telegraph has it as well now) why is it all right for them to report these things but wrong for me to do so?

Your assumptions are completely baseless.

Cordially
Robert Spencer

Others also took issue with Spencer:

Vagn Henning | December 13, 2011 7:49 AM | Reply

I think Gnaeus’s advice is wise. Reproducing other peoples’ speculation harms JW’s credibility if they turn out to be baseless. No-one is questioning JW’s right to quote the Karachi Post, only the wisdom in doing so.

So what ended up happening? It blew up in Spencer’s face. He would have done well to listen to his brethren, but such is the condition of the fuzzy guru of Islamophobes; he cannot countenance any criticism or even advice.

It turns out the attack had nothing to with “honor killing,” as loonwatch commenter RDS put it:

“Update, 9:00 a.m. EST/3:00 p.m. CET:

Pakistani Twitter account Karachi Post claims the attack was linked to a sentence in an honor killing case. (Officials later said the case was in no way linked to the attack, and the Karachi Post admitted they used the attacks as efforts “highlighting the evil of honor killing.”)”

So the so-called Karachi Post is a twitter dude, and yet his statement supersedes statements by Belgian officials. Use of disingenuous links to bolster a non-credible claim? You don’t say…

bboyblue also updates us that Nordine Armani was actually a gun freak, drug peddler and a felon:

A convicted gun fanatic threw hand grenades and opened fire on a square bustling with Christmas shoppers in the centre of the Belgian city of Liège, killing at least six people, including himself, and wounding dozens, some critically.

Hours after failing to show up for police questions about his preoccupation with guns, the 33-year-old unleashed a lunchtime attack on Place Saint Lambert, which was hosting a Christmas market that attracts 1.5 million visitors a year.

Police said there were no indications that the dead assailant, a local man, had been involved with terrorism. Nor was there evidence of any ideological motivation for the murders.

The gunman was named as Nordine Amrani, a 33-year-old Liègeois who was known to be a “gun freak”, according to the police. He was given a jail term of almost five years after police officers raided his metal workshop three years ago and found a dozen firearms, including an AK-47 machine-gun, and 9,500 gun parts. He was also found guilty of drug dealing after cultivating 2,800 marijuana plants.

He has a North African sounding name so naturally he’s being framed as a jihadist by the Islamophobes. But this looks like the actions of a man who was desperate not to go back to jail, and would rather take his own life and as many others as possible than be incarcerated again. There don’t appear to be any political or religious motivation behind his actions. He’s obviously well known to the police, and they are satisfied that there are no links to a terrorist network. But, he’s from an Arabic background and possibly a Muslim one, and that’s all the right wingers need to know.

Put this down as example number 1,000,342,784,678 in the annals of #EpicRobertSpencerFail.

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  • If “Amrani” is a Jewish name, wonder if Pam Geller realized it before posting this on her blog?

    Strictly speaking, it’s a Semitic name. When Islam was sent down in Madinah starting in 622 a.d. (after 13 years in Makkah), there were several Jewish tribes in Madinah waiting for that, who had been there for generations, taunting the Arabs with the news that God would be sending a last prophet to Madinah who would put the Jewish tribes at the top of the power pyramid. When Muhammad came, they embraced Islam. Many changed their minds when they were not given supremacy over the Arabs, but many didn’t ~ so “Jewish names” became “muslim names” at the very beginning, since the everlasting distinction of “the Chosen People” does not “disappear” when a Jewish person embraces Islam, but persists as the distinction given in Isaac in the time of Abraham. Embracing Islam completes the religion of Jacob, and fulfills the Covenant of Moses, it does not eliminate it.

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  • RDS

    Now that I know, probably he’s more of that tragic character.

    Then again, his decision to bring as many people down with him to death kills any sort of sympathy one can bring for his case.

    p.s. If “Amrani” is a Jewish name, wonder if Pam Geller realized it before posting this on her blog?

  • Could it be that this person is – well – just crazy?

  • iknowyoudon’t

    Misspelled “whet” as in to excite. Whet his appetite. Not wet.

  • I stand corrected with regards to the exact origins of his name.

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/europe/belgium/8956417/Liege-attacks-mother-of-17-month-old-victim-describes-how-son-died-in-her-arms.html

    Amrani grew up in foster homes in Brussels after being orphaned at an early age, according to his lawyer Abdelhadi Amrani, who is not related. She dismissed any possible terrorist motives.

    “He did not feel at all Moroccan. He did not speak a word of Arabic and was not Muslim,” she said. “This was the cry for help of a tormented soul: estranged from justice, and against society.”

    Not sure that distancing him from Islam & Arabic is a helpful way of explaining why he wasn’t a terrorist though.

  • He has a North African sounding name so naturally he’s being framed as a jihadist by the Islamophobes. … he’s from an Arabic background and possibly a Muslim one, and that’s all the right wingers need to know.

    “Amrani” is a Jewish name. “Amrani” indicates that he’s from the family of ‘Imran, the family of Mary ~ the “ee” suffix makes the name a lineage or place indicator. Jewish people migrated to North Africa and Ethiopia during the time of Solomon, after he married Bilqis/Makeda, queen of southern Arabia and Abyssinia, before the Babylonian Captivity and thus before the formulation of the Talmud. You will still find Jewish Christians predominant in some parts of the region, their churches have the same layout as the First Temple, with a facsimile Ark of the Covenant in the Holy of Holies of every church.

  • Sir David ( Illuminati membership number 5:32) Warning Contains Irony

    Stephen
    Maybe you could offer Blobby some computor lessons ?

  • This whole business of his “muslim-sounding” name is nonsense. As Yusuf pointed out – and JD on another post (“Extreme Right-Winger, Gianluca Casseri Kills Two Senegalese Men”) – the name is more likely Jewish than muslim. Here’s JD’s comment:

    “There are people like Hedva Amrani
    Hedva Amrani is not a new name in Israel. She started her career in the late 60’s as part of the world-famous duo ”Hedva and David.” Together they made it to the top in Israel, recorded many albums, and traveled throughout the world representing Israel.

    Yossi Amrani, Israeli consul general, Pacific Northwest Region.

    or Orna Amrani, a Judaic artist, has gained recognition,
    particularly
    among the Jewish community,

    This is all quick google lookup”

  • twiceasnice

    I meant to write “don’t like Spencer much.” His site and the sources are an eye opener.

  • Yusuf

    Also, Amrani is a Jewish Morrocan name.

  • Pamela

    NUT NUT NUT NUTROB IS A NUT.

  • mp11

    “exclusivley on muslim violence”

    That should read “exclusively on any violence, crime or bad behavior committed by people with Muslamic sounding names or middle eastern looking faces”

    Here’s an example

    http://www.jihadwatch.org/2011/07/video-muslim-verbally-assaults-old-lady-on-copenhagen-city-train.html

  • mindy1

    Why do people listen to him??

  • Sir David ( Illuminati membership number 5:32) Warning Contains Irony

    AS soon as I saw this story on the BBC I thought bet spencer claims this one as a jihadist even though the BBC states he is a criminal with previous drug and gun convictions. I go to bed and wake up bingo !
    I wish I could find the lottery numbers as easy as this

    Twice as Stupid
    Have you read the manifesto of the goon in Norway ?

  • Sir David ( Illuminati membership number 5:32) Warning Contains Irony

    AS soon as I saw this story on the BBC I thought bet spencer claims this one as a jihadist even though the BBC states he is a criminal with previous drug and gun convictions. I go to bed and wake up bingo !
    I wish I could find the lottery numbers as easy as this

  • bilal

    twiceasnice
    jihadwatch and the like post stories exclusivley on muslim violence, even when their own far right nutty friends go on anti muslim shooting sprees. loonwatch has posted several stories on muslim as well as anti muslim violence, and has condemed both. i dont see jihadwatch doing that.

  • Safak

    “looniest Islamic supremacist foes of this site”

    Gee, you think he was talking about us lol ?

    “in reality I have always done what I have done here: report available evidence.”

    Whats funny is that he still considers it “evidence” even though he himself admits it may be wrong. What kinda rationality does someone need to spin that, and what kind of idiots believe it??

  • twiceasnice

    Sounds a lot what you apologists were doing with the Brevik shooting spree.

  • bilal

    a guy kills a bunch of innocent people with no clear religious or political motivation and jihadwatch has a hayday. a guy kills a bunch of innocent people on the same day specifically because of their religion and race and inspired by the same nutty ideology jihadwatch espouses, and they remain dead silent. lul

  • Crow

    The best part was they were worried about jihad watchs reputation…LOL!!! Everyone knows that jihadwatch is filled with right-wing ammagedonis christians who hate the world and want to destroy it, because they have the mistaken belief they’ll be raptured to Heavan (actually they should be prepared for somewhere very hot) and of course what spenser wrote is an epic fail, because spenser is an epic asshole.

  • Stoned Gremlin

    Wait wait wait, they’re worried about what? CAN JW’s credibility get any lower?

  • Believing Atheist

    This is what Charles Johnson reports the Telegraph actually said:

    The Telegraph reports that he was never linked to any terrorist acts or networks. He was a drug dealer, not a jihadi, and there’s no indication that he was even a practicing Muslim.

    http://littlegreenfootballs.com/article/39601_Mass_Murder_in_Belgium_-_Pamela_Geller_Instantly_Assumes_Muslim(s)!

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