Boston Marathon bomber Tamerlan Tsarnaev told to go to ‘Palestine’ by mother

(JNS.org) In the aftermath of the Boston Marathon bombings, investigators are looking into extremist ties between Tamerlan Tsarnaev and his mother, Zubeidat Tsarnaeva, including a suggestion by his mother that he travel to “Palestine” to conduct possible terrorist activities there.

The aftermath of the Boston Marathon explosions. Credit: Wikimedia Commons.

New wiretap evidence provided by the Russian Federal Security Service (FSB) to the Federal Bureau of Investigation suggests possible extremist influence by the mother of the two bombers, Tamerlan and Dzhokar.

In early 2011, the FSB had intercepted a called between Tamerlan and his mother, Zubeidat, where the two vaguely discussed jihad, U.S. officials told the Associated Press. Part of the discussion involved the possibility of Tamerlan traveling to the Palestinian territories. But Tamerlan expressed doubts to his mother, saying he did not know the language there.

As a result, the FBI is investigating Zubeidat Tsarnaeva’s influence over her sons.

“Intelligence officials have also found text messages in which the mother discusses how Tamerlan is ready to die for Islam,” Newsday reported, citing two anonymous sources.

Posted on April 28, 2013 .