So much for the “radicalized by the internet” media narrative. Omar Mateen didn’t need the internet. He had his parents and in-laws, who should never have been in this country.
Omar Mateen’s father, Seddique Mateen of Port St. Lucie, hosted his own television show between 2011 and 2015 during his run for Afghan president. In dozens of videos broadcast on YouTube, the father’s main complaint involved the Durand Line, a demarcation established by the British in 1893 that separates Afghanistan and Pakistan. The homeland of the Pashtun ethnic group straddles the border.
Although it is not known if the Mateens are Pashtuns, the Afghan Taliban is mostly made up of Pashtuns. In one video, the elder Mateen expresses his gratitude to the Taliban and condemns Pakistan’s intelligence agency, ISI, and the United States for supporting it, according to a Washington Post report.
“Our brothers in Waziristan, our warrior brothers in (the) Taliban movement and national Afghan Taliban are rising up,” he said. “Inshallah (Allah willing), the Durand Line issue will be solved soon.”
Noor’s mother, Ekbal Salman, used Facebook to pledge her support to Palestinian fighters. Immigration records show she came to the United States in the early 1980s.
“How many snipers from Palestine deserve a bow from our heads as respect to them?” the mother wrote in a post on Oct. 6, 2013. A photo included with the post praises one fighter who “killed 11 Zionists.”
Recently, she has posted her support for Jamal Al-Taweel, an imprisoned Hamas official who — along with his wife and daughter — repeatedly have been detained and jailed by Israeli authorities. Hamas, branded a terrorist organization by the United States, is the ruling party in the Gaza Strip.
This is some great reporting by Christine Stapleton at the Palm Beach Post. And it dismantles the “lone wolf” and “internet radical” narrative. This did not come out of nowhere. It came from his own family.
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