Almestadi “left Mary Hare with serious injuries, including a five-inch-long cut to her throat.”
“When you meet the unbelievers, strike the necks” (Qur’an 47:4)
“‘I was not aware of what I was doing at the time,’ says UBC attempted murder suspect,” by Bal Brach, CBC News, October 11, 2017:
The man charged with attempted murder in an attack at UBC last year admitted that he tried to kill the victim, but added that he didn’t know what he was doing during the incident.
“I tried to kill her,” Thamer Hameed Almestadi admitted in a videotaped interview with RCMP Sgt. Kevin Jeffrey.
“I was not aware of what I was doing at the time,” he added.
Almestadi has pleaded not guilty to attempted murder, aggravated assault and assault with a weapon in the 2016 attack that left Mary Hare with serious injuries, including a five-inch-long cut to her throat.
In the hours-long interview that was played in court during day two of Almestadi’s trial, the UBC student was at times crying and remorseful, asking the officer if the victim was going to survive.
“Tell her I’m sorry …Tell her I made a mistake … I didn’t even know why her,” he said.
The international student from Saudi Arabia said that he hadn’t slept the night before the attack at UBC’s Salish House and was feeling overwhelmed by school work in the weeks leading up to the incident.
“I am so behind in school … I can’t get focused in school.”
Mary Hare was attacked with a knife in her dorm room at UBC last year. The trial for the accused in the attempted murder case began at B.C. Supreme Court Tuesday. (CBC News )
When asked by Sgt. Jeffrey why he might have attacked Mary Hare with a knife Almestadi said, “I started listening to the Koran and understanding the meanings differently.”
“If you read something and your mind is thinking something else, you understand differently.”
Almestadi — who was 18 at the time of the incident — said he even began seeing things that weren’t real.
“At that point I thought Mary was the devil,” he said….
A Muslim imam who campaigns against radical Islam has been forced into hiding after his home was targeted and his car keyed with the letters ISIS.
Adelaide‘s Sheikh Mohammad Tawhidi, who preaches messages of peace, returned home this week to find his car emblazoned with the symbol for the Islamic State militant group.
Imam Tawhidi, 34, told Daily Mail Australia on Friday the car windscreen was smashed with a rock, the roof damaged, the letters ‘ISIS’ scrawled on both the bonnet and right side of the car, and chemicals poured into the engine.
He said his home alarm was going off, but the vandals were unable to get inside because he recently installed $10,000 iron curtains around the house.
The Imam, who emigrated from Iraq when he was 12, has previously been targeted by hardline Muslims for condemning extremism and Sharia Law.
He believed the vandals were sending him a message to stay quiet.
Education officials in Alberta are requiring schools to offer Arab as a language course for students, beginning this coming 2018-19 year.
Soon enough, the requirement will be imposed on schools across all of Canada.
The interesting sidenote is: Canada has historically been averse to allowing native Indian languages to be taught in its schools. Yet Arab is OK?
Alberta.ca has more:
Edmonton Public Schools currently offers an Arabic language program that has been in place for a number of years, during which time the board has built up expertise and experience in delivering this program.
Next school year, a modified version of the program will be available for other school authorities across the province.
“Our government recognizes the economic and academic benefits of proficiency in more than one language. We are thrilled to be moving forward in our commitment to develop the provincial Arabic Language Arts K–12 curriculum by September 2018. We know this new curriculum will make life better for so many students in Alberta.” – David Eggen, Minister of Education
Expanding the Arabic language curriculum into a provincial program of study will provide more options for school authorities to best meet the needs of the communities they serve. After development of the curriculum is complete, resources will be made available to allow other interested school authorities to implement the program in their schools.
“We are excited about this initiative because it will give more children across Alberta the opportunity to improve their proficiency in Arabic, which is both an important community language and world language. Our district recognizes the important role of our community partners, such as the Canadian Arab Friendship Association, to ensure the success of our Arabic programming.” – Michelle Draper, board chair, Edmonton Public Schools
“CAFA truly appreciates the efforts of the Ministry of Education to promote and enhance bilingual education across the province. This move forward will help to enrich the linguistic and cultural diversity of students and allow for better achievement on the social, academic and cultural level.” – Yazan Haymour, president, Canadian Arab Friendship Association
* In October 2016, Alberta Education entered into a contract with Edmonton Public Schools for the development of a new Arabic Language Arts K–12 curriculum which includes the identification of teaching and learning resources.
* The current Arabic Language Arts K-12 course sequence was developed by Edmonton Public Schools and currently exists as a locally developed course series.
* Arabic bilingual programming is the fastest growing language program within Edmonton Public Schools.
* Edmonton Public Schools is currently one of very few districts in the province offering Arabic language programming.