There will be no coverage of this, yet again. If it were a white guy killing a black professor, or a Jewish guy killing a muslim, they would be clubbing us like baby seals with it.
A friend upstate just called me, "I just heard that the suspect was from Saudi Arabia and the victim (professor) was a convert to Judaism. Suspect named in fatal stabbing of Binghamton University professor."
This comes fresh on the heels of the April massacre in Binghamton that took 13 lives and wounded 26 others (see here and here). My informants told me at the time that that too was jihad related, but shhhhhhhhhhhhhh. We don't want to defame or insult Islam.
Creeping Sharia is reporting that the victim, Antoun, may have been an apostate. Binghamton
University Professor Richard T. Antoun was a Jewish convert through his wife. His grandfather was Muslim.
Creeping Sharia (he has to change his name to "raging sharia") has the story:
Muslim Grad Stabs Binghamton (NY) Middle Eastern Studies Professor to Death
Hat tip to Thomas Paine and others who sent us the information which has now been updated with the suspects information. Why did this man stab a professor of Middle Eastern studies who has authored “Understanding Fundamentalism: Christian, Islamic, and Jewish Movements,” and other books on Islam over the last 20 years, particularly related to Jordan?
VESTAL — Abdulsalam Al-Zahrani has been charged with second-degree murder in the stabbing death of Binghamton University Professor Richard T. Antoun.
Al-Zahrani was taken to the Broome County Jail at 1:30 a.m. Saturday, said Broome County Sheriff’s Sgt. Paul Carlson. He arraigned in Vestal Town Court Saturday morning. No bail was set.
Al-Zahrani, of Main Street, Binghamton, was charged by Binghamton University Police. Al-Zahrani was a cultural anthropology student working on his dissertation, according to the university Web site.
Professor Passes Away After Stabbing at Binghamton University | WBNG News | Dec 4, 2009
Violence strikes the Binghamton University campus in Vestal.
As a professor passed away after being attacked by a student.
A Binghamton University professor is dead tonight after being stabbed by an anthropology student.
It happened around 1:45 pm Friday in the Science 1 Building on campus.
This is video of the hallway where the incident happened.
A witness tells Action News that an older male graduate student entered the office of professor Richard Antoun and then stabbed him.
The witness also says she saw campus police tackle the assailant to the ground, then emergency service workers rushed to Antoun’s side to treat him.
“We waited, he came out of the office after about ten minutes, they were doing chest compressions, it didn’t really look good. It was an anthropology grad student who was doing middle eastern studies I believe,” said BU Senior Devin Sheppard.
Campus officials say the suspect in custody, but have yet to release his name.
Antoun, who had lived on Vestal’s Murray Hill Road for a number of years, is a published author who has written several books. He published the book Understanding Fundamentalism: Christian, Islamic, and Jewish Movements
A BU biography of Antoun shows that he received a doctorate from Harvard University in Massachusetts in 1963. The bio describes Antoun as an emeritus professor who is a, “sociocultural anthropologist who has conducted research among peasants in Jordan, urbanites in Lebanon, peasant-farmers in Iran, and migrants in Texas and Greece.
His scholarly interests center on comparative religion and symbolic systems, the social organization of tradition in Islamic law and ethics, the sociology of dispute with respect to tribal law in the Middle East, local-level politics, and the impact of transnational migration on education, work, and cultural change.”
The attack comes nearly eight months to the day 13 people were massacred by a single gunman at the American Civic Association in Binghamton. It also extended BU’s string of misfortune. In the past year and a half, the university has endured the near-death beating of one of its students and the flight to Serbia of one of the alleged assailants — former BU basketball player Miladin Kovacevic; a sexual harassment suit brought by one of its employees; the legal and off-the-court troubles that dismantled the basketball team; and an ongoing SUNY investigation. Unanswered questions continue to swirl around all of those events.
UPDATE: His grandfather from Lebanon appears not to have been Muslim. And while his wife is Jewish, his "conversion" is in doubt. Read the preface to his Antoun's book. He has practiced all religions at varying times.