Dad Of Chattanoga Jihadi Youssuf Abdelazeez Is "Palestinian" Linked To Hamas Was On Terror Watchlist - Family Member Supports PLO
July 17, 2015
Terror Dad of Tennessee Shooter is Palestinian
After it was revealed that the Muslim shooter who on Thursday murdered four US Marines in Chattanooga, Tennessee was the son of a man who previously was on the terrorist watch list, new details have surfaced about the father.
It has been widely reported that the shooter, Muhammod Youssuf Abdulazeez, was a naturalized American born in Kuwait.
While it's true his mother Rasmia Abdulazeez is from Kuwait, where Muhammod was born in 1990, multiple reports reveal that the attacker's father Youssuf Abdulazeez actually hailed from Shechem (Nablus) in Samaria, a city under Palestinian Authority (PA) control.
Apparently Abdulazeez the father traveled to Kuwait where he married and had Muhammod, before the family relocated to the US.
The Palestinian connection was also demonstrated by pictures posted on Facebook recently by Muhammod's family member, either a sister or cousin, who put up an image featuring a fist grasping a loudspeaker in the colors of the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) flag with the words: "speak for Palestine!"
Abdulazeez lived with his parents in Hixson, Tennessee, located near Chattanooga where the shooting took place.
His father reportedly is employed by the City of Chattanooga Public Works Department and as of 2005 was appointed to be an unarmed special policeman by the Chattanooga City Council, reports Business Insider.
That comes despite the fact that Youssuf Abdulazeez was investigated several years ago for donating money to an organization possibly connected to a foreign terrorist organization. He was on a terrorist watch list and even was questioned during a trip out of the country, but eventually his name was taken off the terrorist list.
Experts have said the attack by the 24-year-old Abdulazeez fits the mold of attacks Islamic State (ISIS) has called for, although FBI officials on Thursday night said they don't have "anything that directly ties" the attacker to any foreign terrorist organizations.
The attacker, seen driving an open-top Ford Mustang, first went to a joint military recruiting center in a strip mall and sprayed it with gunfire, riddling the glass facade with bullet holes. He then drove off to a Naval Reserve Center about 6 miles away, fatally shooting the four Marines before being shot and killed in a firefight with police.
Abdulazeez's Palestinian connection is particularly notable given the similarities of his attack on an army base with the 2009 deadly shooting rampage at the Fort Hood army base, conducted by Palestinian American Army Major Nidal Hasan.
Hasan admitted to conducting the shooting as an Islamist terror attack, during which he shouted "Allahu Akbar" (Allah is greater), although initial government reports on the attack played it down as a case of "workplace violence."
It was revealed by the counter-terror SITE Intelligence Group that Abdulazeez this week uploaded two blog posts about Islam, describing life as "short and bitter" in one, and warning Muslims not to miss "the opportunity to submit to Allah" in the other.
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Muhammad Youssef Abdulazeez was born in Kuwait with Jordanian citizenship but became a U.S. citizen when his family moved in 1996
He was a popular teen and a starter for the Red Bank High School wrestling team
He then went to the University of Tennessee to study electrical engineering and became a Mixed Martial Arts fighter after he left school
He was described as an 'all-American' student
But made several mystery trips to the Middle East, including Yemen and a seven-month tour of Jordan from April to November 2014
Kuwait's official news agency also said the terrorist traveled to Kuwait and Jordan in Spring 2010
Posted rambling messages about Islam and life being a 'test' and 'short and bitter' in the days before the shooting
His father was investigated by the Joint Terrorism Task Force in the 1990s for overseas donations but ultimately deemed not a risk
Dailymail.com has exclusively obtained documents revealing parents were caught in a messy divorce in 2009 with Abdulazeez's mother alleging her husband beat her and sexually assaulted her in front of the children
EXCLUSIVE: Muslim Marine murderer's father 'sexually assaulted wife and beat his son' - and wanted to take second wife 'because it was allowed under Islamic law'
Divorce papers obtained by Daily Mail Online reveal Muhammad Youssuf Abdulazeez's father beat his wife - and his murderous son
Youssuf Saed Abdulazeez also told his wife of 28 years he was going to take a second wife as it was permitted under Islamic law
Papers show that his wife, Rasmia, made a series of allegations including that the father of five was sexually abusive
She wanted a restraining order against her husband, according to papers filed in Tennessee in 2009
Rasmia alleged that her husband told her he intended to take a second wife 'as permitted under certain circumstances under Islamic Law, in the parties' native state of Palestine.'