San Bernardino Terrorist’s Father: My Son Was ‘Obsessed’ With Israel

killer's father Sayed Farook says he tried to calm down his son by saying "In two years, Israel will be gone...Nobody wants the Jews."


The father of San Bernardino Syed Rizwan Farook told an Italian newspaper La Stampa on Sunday that his son told him that he shared [IS leader Abu Bakr] Al Baghdadi’s ideology and supported the creation of the Islamic State.He had an obsessive hatred of Israel that underscored his Islamic radicalism and allegiance to the ideals of Islamic State.

He added that he had once tried to console his son’s growing fury by telling him that Israel would not exist within the next two years, the Times of Israel first reported, saying that “China, Russia, and America will bring the Jews back to Ukraine.”

“I told him he had to stay calm and be patient because in two years Israel will not exist any more. Geopolitics is changing: Russia, China and America don’t want Jews there anymore. They are going to bring the Jews back to Ukraine. What is the point of fighting? We have already done it and we lost. Israel is not to be fought with weapons, but with politics. But he did not listen to me, he was obsessed, ” the senior Farook told Italian journalist Paolo Mastrolilli, La Stampa’s US correspondent.

Syed Farook senior was born in Pakistan and came to the US in 1973. He completing a degree in engineering and says he worked hard to provide his children with “an education and the opportunity to succeed in life.”

La Stampa interviewed the father from his home in Corona, California, where he lives with his eldest son Syed Raheel Farook, who is a US Navy Veteran.

Asked if he knew whether Syed Rizwan Farook had contacts with terrorist organizations, the father replied, “I do not know. But these days, who knows, with the internet and all that technology. ”

US correspondent Paolo Mastrolilli asked whether Farook believes his son may have been radicalized by his 29-year-old wife, Tashfeen Malik. “Maybe, I do not know, ” he replied.

The New York Times reports that according to statements his wife made in 2006 divorce proceedings, the senior Farook “was an alcoholic and could be violent” towards his wife and children.

Farook denied the accusations against him, telling La Stampa, “Rizwan’s mother is very religious, as he was, and they united against me. Once we had a dispute over the historical figure of Jesus. My son called me a godless person and he decided that my marriage with my wife had to end. They destroyed the family.”


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