Were the Boston attacks in retaliation for racism against Muslims? Another Tsarnaev brother emerges UPDATED

As the manhunt continues for suspected Boston bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, another Tsarnaev brother has emerged who was uninvolved in the Boston attacks. Zaur Tsarnaev, who plays Israeli football, was the subject of intense anti-Muslim racism from fans this year. A story from Moscow in January reported that Zaur was taunted with anti-Muslim chants during games and some fans were arrested, as the league had never hired an Arab player.

Zaur Tsarnaev has a message for Dzhokhar Tsarnaev whom he refers to as a brother (but who might be a cousin or another close relative):

“Brother, you have gone too far. Please, hand yourself in, you have caused enough hurt. Please phone me, let’s talk, I still care about you always. хватит. Пожалуйста, позвоните маме. Ради нашей семьи.”

Translated from Russian, the last part reads, “enough. Please call my mom. For the sake of our family.”

[UPDATE- I have been advised that “pozvonite” is plural as in, “you guys should call”. This means at the time of that message around 6:00 CST, Zaur didn’t know the other brother was dead. Also, whether Chechens are Arab has been disputed, but the Russian news outlet where I got this story reported as such.]

Could the Boston bombings been related to the anti-Muslim racism experienced by the bombers’ brother? The world is a confusing place to navigate when you’re a teenager and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, who goes by the nickname, “Djohar” is just 19 years old. This is what happens when we treat each other like crap, guys. While the guilty Tsarnaev brothers are responsible for their heinous crimes, bombers aren’t created in a vacuum. People who do these horrendous things are a product of a society that molds them.

Be kind to each other.


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