NEWARK, NJ – United States Attorney Phillip Sellinger announced the arrest of an 18-year-old man from Middlesex, New Jersey for threatening to attack a synagogue and kill Jewish people. The man, who professed Muslim faith, faces up to five years in prison for posting the threats on social media.
Under the radar: A Muslim man from Middlesex County, NJ has been arrested on federal charges after transmitting a manifesto detailing an Islamic plan to attack a synagogue & kill Jews. Omar Alkattoul viewed it was an Islamic duty to slaughter Jewish people.https://t.co/e9fDM5QleQ pic.twitter.com/ZY2qgr9yAt
— Andy Ngô 🏳️🌈 (@MrAndyNgo) November 13, 2022
Federal authorities learned of troubling threats allegedly made by Omar Alkattoul on November 1st of this year after he posted a link to a manifesto on an unnamed social media platform in which seven people read.
Those seven people allegedly spoke to Alkattoul about the story, “When Swords Collide,” and were told it was written in “the context of an attack on Jews.”
Court documents provided in the news release show Alkattoul wrote:
“I am the attacker and I would like to introduce myself…I am a Muslim with so many regrets but I can assure you this attack is not one of them and Insha’Allah many more attacks like these against the enemy of Allah and the pigs and monkeys will come.”
Alkattoul’s tirade continued by explaining why he would have chosen a synagogue for his attack:
“I will discuss my motives in a bit but I did target a synagogue for a really good reason according to myself and a lot of Muslims who have a brain. Let’s be aware of the fact that the Jews promote the biggest hatred against Muslimeen even in the west. The Jews are in fact a very powerful group in the west which is why western countries today shill for them on top of the murtadeen in Saudi Arabia and every Arab Country.”
In the last few months, Hadi Matar stabbed Salman Rushdie & Omar Alkattoul plotted to attack synagogues.
Both from New Jersey. How does @CAIRNJ respond?
Apparently by working with IAMC to call for surveillance of Hindu orgs like HAF & stir fear about Hindus causing "harm." pic.twitter.com/lFwkHlxgDs
— Suhag A. Shukla (@SuhagAShukla) November 13, 2022
Alkattoul then explained his rationale for the attack that he was seemingly stopped from committing. He hates Jews and believes that Muslims cannot live in peace until they have been dealt with through violence. He allegedly wrote:
“This attack was just to remind the Jews that as long as 1 Muslim remains in this world they [Jews] will never live a pleasant life until the Muslims in Palestine, Syria, West Africa, and South Asia are living a pleasant life. The Jews support terror against the muslimeen and they always have…
“So the motive of this attack is hatred towards Jews and their heinous acts and I don’t want anyone to tell me for a second that “not all Jews support terror against Muslims” yes they do! They have since day one. Their Torah justifies their acts and let’s keep in mind it was a Jew that tried to kill the nebi SAW.”
After taking Alkattoul into custody, U.S. Attorney released the following statement:
“No one should be targeted for violence or with acts of hate because of how they worship. According to the complaint, this defendant used social media to send a manifesto containing a threat to attack a synagogue based on his hatred of Jews.
“Along with our federal, state, and local law enforcement partners, we acted swiftly to respond to the alleged threat. There is nothing the U.S. Attorney’s Office takes more seriously than threats to our communities of faith and places of worship.
Protection of these communities is core to this office’s mission and this office will devote whatever resources are necessary to keep our Jewish community and all New Jersey residents safe.”
Another portion of the manifesto went on to praise what is seemingly Aklattoul’s heroes:
“When I say, ‘heroes and lions,’ I am referring to Osama Bin Laden, Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, Abu Bakr.”
James Dennehy, the Special Agent in Charge of the case, referred to the threats made in the manifesto as “credible.” In a release, he said:
“When we learn of credible threats to our community – whether based in hate toward religion, race, sexual orientation, or gender – we call on law enforcement and community partners to assist in identifying and mitigating that threat. Thanks to the collaborative efforts among our Joint Terrorism Task Force Members, a potentially harmful situation was averted….Let it be known that when a threat of violence comes to our attention, the FBI and our partners will respond to keep the public safe.”
FBI arrest & charge New Jersey resident Omar Alkattoul with sharing “a manifesto containing threats to attack a synagogue & Jewish people”.
Alkattoul shared the document titled “When Swords Collide” stating it “in the context of an attack on Jews.” pic.twitter.com/vs7BBeubpZ
— StopAntisemitism (@StopAntisemites) November 10, 2022
Alkattoul was charged with the transmission of a threat in interstate and foreign commerce. If he is found guilty of the charges, he could be sentenced to up to five years in prison and up to a $250,000 fine.
After his arrest, news12 spoke to Alkattoul’s father, Mousa Alkattoul, who did not seem to deny that his son made the threats to kill untold numbers of Jews at a synagogue. Mousa told the news outlet:
“He’s just a kid. He was playing on the computer. He was talking to bad people. That’s what happened.”
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