American Muslim Extremists: A Continuing Threat to Jews

  • June 9, 2009

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Since the September 11 terrorist attacks, an alarming number of Americans motivated by radical interpretations of Islam have been involved in terrorist plots and conspiracies in which Jews and Jewish institutions have been targeted or considered for attack. Many other American Muslim extremists arrested or convicted of a wide-range of terror-related charges have expressed similar hatred of Jews and Israel.

While most of the plots in the U.S. have been foiled by law enforcement before they were carried out, the number of conspiracies and plots targeting Jews and Jewish institutions demonstrates the ongoing threat posed by American Muslim extremists motivated by hatred of Jews and Israel. 

For example, Ahmed Ferhani, a legal resident from Algeria, and Mohammad Mamdouh, a naturalized U.S. citizen awaiting trial, were arrested in May 2011 for plotting to attack a synagogue in New York City. Two years earlier, three American Muslim converts and one Haitian national allegedly plotted to attack synagogues in the Bronx and to shoot down airplanes at a military base in Newburgh, New York. 

The threat posed to the Jewish community by American Muslim extremists has also extended overseas. Eric Harroun, an American citizen and former soldier who was charged with conspiring to use a weapon of mass destruction while fighting with Al Qaeda-linked Syrian rebels, stated in media interviews that he had planned to go to the Palestinian territories to fight his Israel. His Facebook page reportedly included a post that the “only good Zionist is a dead Zionist.”

Foreign nationals motivated by a similar hatred have also planned attacks against Americans, both Jews and non-Jews alike. In February 2012 for example, Amine El Khalifi, a Moroccan residing in the United States illegally, was arrested for planning a suicide bombing at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C.  Prior to settling on the Capitol, he expressed to undercover agents, whom he believed to be Al Qaeda operatives, his desire to attack a synagogue, among other potential targets.

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