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Muslim Extremists Targeting Jews After 9/11 RULE Plots against the New York Jewish Community

Posted: August 26, 2011

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Several post-9/11 plots and conspiracies targetting Jews have taken place in New York. For example, in May 2011, Ahmed Ferhani, a legal resident from Algeria, and Mohammad Mamdouh, a naturalized U.S. citizen of Moroccan decent, were arrested for plotting to attack a synagogue in New York City in order to advance their radical ideological goals. New York Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly said Ferhani, who attempted to purchase weapons, including guns and a hand grenade, planned to grow out his beard in order to look "more like a Jew" and enter a synagogue more easily.

A similar plot occurred in 2009, when four men, including three American Muslim converts, planned to attack synagogues in the Bronx and a military base in Newburgh, in response to perceived American actions against Muslims around the world. The men planted what they believed to be bombs in cars outside of the Riverdale Temple and the nearby Riverdale Jewish Center.  In a conversation with an undercover informant, one of the plotters, James Cromitie stated his desire to "destroy" the Jews. "The worst brother in the whole Islamic world is better than 10 billion Yahudi (Jews)," Cromitie stated.  "With no hesitation, I will kill 10 Yahudis."

In 2007, Russell Defreitas, a naturalized U.S. citizen from Guyana, and three other men, were arrested for plotting to attack New York's John F. Kennedy International Airport. The men planned the attack in part because they wanted to take revenge on the U.S. for its diplomatic relationship with Israel. Defreitas later told an informant that Muslims "incur the wrath of the world while Jews get a pass," and that he "wanted to do something to get those bastards." Court documents have also alleged that Defreitas had suggested targeting a nearby Jewish school or a predominately Jewish neighborhood. 

Post-9/11 plots targeting Jews have occurred outside of New York as well, including a 2005 plot in Los Angeles to attack military and Jewish targets, including synagogues and the Israeli Consulate, and a 2002 plot targeting Jewish institutions and other targets in Southern Florida.

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