Jihadi John’s Mother Screamed ‘That’s My Son’ When She Saw First Beheading Video

Robert Tait, Telegraph, March 2, 2015

The mother of Mohammed Emwazi knew instantly he was Jihadi John when he first appeared in front of the cameras in the murder of American journalist James Foley after recognising his voice, Kuwaiti investigators have been told.

Ghania Emwazi screamed “that’s my son” as she view last August’s footage of the knife-wielding executioner making a speech in English while standing behind Mr Foley moments before beheading him.

But she did not tell the authorities, it is believed.

Mr Foley, 40, was the first of at least five Western hostages of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant thought to have been executed at the hands of Mohammed Emzawi, who grew up in London.

Western media revealed last week that British and US intelligence had established that the killer was Emwazi, causing widespread shock and dismay in Kuwait, the Arab Gulf kingdom, where he was born.

But it emerged on Monday that Emwazi’s parents had been aware of their son’s activities for months after realising that his was the voice on the video, according to testimony given to Kuwaiti police by his father, Jassem, 51.

Mr Emwazi Snr was questioned along with one of his sons for most of the day on Sunday after being summoned by police.

“The mother recognised the voice and she screamed ‘that is my son’ while he was talking before beheading the first American hostage,” a source familiar with the Kuwaiti investigation said. “When they played the video again, the father was sure it was his son.”

Insiders described Mr Emwazi as “emotional and upset at what had happened to his son” while talking to investigators.

“I am waiting day-by-day to hear about his death,” he is said to have told his interrogators.”

Mr Emwazi – who now lives in Al-Oyoun, a neighbourhood near Taima, about 20 miles outside Kuwait City – said he last had contact with his son in 2013, shortly before he travelled to Turkey. He is said to have told his parents that he planned to move to Syria to “deliver aid”.

The father, who holds British citizenship like his son, is understood to be employed by a Co-op supermarket in Kuwait. But workers there said he only showed up every six months in order to renew his Kuwaiti residence permit.

Although Emwazi emigrated to the UK along with his parents and siblings in the 1990s, most members of the family are believed to have moved back to Kuwait, where police kept them under close surveillance following the recent revelations.

The al-Oyoun area was described as a closed zone on Monday.

Mr Emwazi snr is said to have been a Kuwaiti police officer himself, having served from 1980 until 1993. He has been reported by some sources to have left Kuwait after collaborating with Saddam Hussien’s Iraqi forces after they invaded Kuwait in 1990. He gained British citizeship in 2002 and moved back to Kuwait the following year, according to local sources.

The family belongs to a group known as Bedoons (without in Arabic), who do not have full Kuwaiti citizenship and lack full educational and employment rights. Many live in impoverished sprawling neighbourhoods in Taima in ramshackle tumbledown houses.

That setting contrasted sharply with the exclusive neighbourhood of al-Samiya in Kuwait City where Mohammed Emnwzi worked as a trainee IT salesman for three months in 2010.

Office space in the area rents for up to £6,500 per square metre.

Despite his gruesome reputation, Emwazi was a model employee during his probation period who would have landed a permanent job if he had not failed to return from a trip to London in April 2010, the company’s managing director told the Telegraph.

“His record was perfect. We had taken on five trainees in the previous three years and he was the best,” said the managing director, an Egyptian national. “He was very intelligent, polite, well-behaved, a good person. There was no evidence that he had jihadist leanings.

He would leave the office to search for potential customers to sell our products. This was part of his training. He always went with another person, who trained him. There was maybe a week or 10 days left of his trial period when he said he told me in April 2010 that he had to go to London for some familly problems and that he would come back. But he never returned.

“He never talked about politics or religion. He prayed every day in the company prayer room. If he had been a jihadist, I would have expected him to have gone to the local mosque. The only thing he ever said about Britain was that it was expensive and that he travelled to school by bicycle because transport was so expensive.”

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  • dd121

    It’s not just a few muzzies who hate us. It’s all of them. The left lies about this too.

    • libertarian1234

      “It’s not just a few muzzies who hate us. It’s all of them.”

      You’re exactly right.

      While they might be non-practicing jihadists, the majority of them give tacit approval to what the promoters of jihad are doing, and they all follow Sharia law, which is mostly comprised of barbarism of one type or another.

      As their numbers increase throughout the West, I suspect they’ll be more of them openly sounding more like jihadists than peaceful Islamists.

      And they make no secret of hating infidels and non-believers. Their alleged holy writings are full of calls for violence and death against non-believers which are read today by “peaceful” Muslims.

  • superlloyd

    Feckless, parasitical, hateful muslim scum that should never have been let in to the West and it’s stupidly altruistic civilisation.

    • Never truer words have been spoken.

  • MekongDelta69

    “He’s a good boy. He’s turning his life around. He’s an ‘aspiring rapper… I mean, decapitator.”

    • Oil Can Harry

      “He din do nuffin…. that Muhammed wouldn’t have.”

  • John Smith

    Hell, I bet she was proud of him.

    • libertarian1234

      “Hell, I bet she was proud of him.”

      I wouldn’t doubt it for a minute learning what I have about these people.

      I can also see him in the beginning on the phone after talking to an ISIS commander who designated that it would be his job cutting off heads, deciding to let his mother know.

      “Hello, mom, I got the job.”

      Mom: “I’m so proud of you, son.”

  • USofAntiWhite

    Dumb people with low IQs that wouldn’t even know Earth is round get to take the benefits and satisfaction of scamming a culture that is infinitely more advanced and intelligent, why? The reason is simple; The UK of anti-White wants it that way. There is no benefit to the British taxpayer to have these people squatting on their dime. How many British taxpayers live in residences with rent/mortgage to work and pay for even half what these parasites were given? Non-White privilege is a phrase we need to throw out everywhere and often. There are so many examples of non-Whites getting something in White infrastructures simply to either reward them for not being White essentially or to cause harm/discrimination to the host, White population that engineered that infrastructure. Non-White privilege! Throw it out there, you have a million examples to defend it with like third-world immigration, hate crime laws, affirmative action, racial quotas for SAT/college admissions, Islamic demands for special treatment in secular nations, identity theft apathy by illegals, ability to have race based political unions and organizations, etc. Force anti-Whites into a debate they can’t win. The best part is they won’t come up with anything to refute or counter your facts.

    • WhiteVeinKratom

      And when they start calling you names, and you know they will,
      respond by saying “You’re only saying that because I’m WHITE.”

  • Strike_Team

    Nothing good comes from the Middle East.

  • Light from the East

    Just wonder why? Discard Islam and all of this can be prevented.

  • Insiders described Mr Emwazi as “emotional and upset at what had happened to his son” while talking to investigators.
    Correction, Mr. Emwazi, nothing “happened to your son.” Your son “happened” to other people.

  • Hammerheart

    Faith is thicker than water. A ‘moderate’ muslim is just one that is too intelligent to willingly strap on a suicide vest.