A Middlesex County, New Jersey, the man was detained today for sending an online screed including threats against Jewish people and synagogues in the United States. Lawyer Philip R. Sellinger made a statement.
After being detained this morning, Omar Alkattoul, 18, of Sayreville, New Jersey, was charged with one count of communicating a threat in interstate and foreign commerce on or around November 1, 2022.
He is expected to appear before U.S. officials this afternoon.
Jessica S. Allen, a magistrate judge at the federal court in Newark.
“No one should be targeted for violence or with acts of hate because of how they worship,” U.S. Attorney Sellinger said.
“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. We acted swiftly to respond to the alleged threat along with our federal, state, and local law enforcement partners. There is nothing the U.S. Attorney’s Office takes more seriously than threats to our faith communities 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,” Sellinger added.
“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,” Special Agent in Charge James E. Dennehy added.
“Thanks to the collaborative efforts among our Joint Terrorism Task Force Members, a potentially harmful situation was averted. I want to commend and show our appreciation for the resources from the District of New Jersey’s U.S. Attorney’s Office, New Jersey State Police, the New Jersey Office of Homeland Security and Preparedness, the New Jersey Attorney General’s Office, the Sayreville Police Department, and the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office. 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,” Dennehy added.
According to court testimony and evidence submitted in this case:
Alkattoul admitted to this person that he wrote the document, saying: “It’s in the context of an attack on Jews,” to whom he sent a link to it on November 1, 2022, using a social media application.
According to a second person, Alkattoul sent the document to at least five other people using a different social media application. Alkattoul wrote the following in the document:
I want to announce myself as the assailant. . . This attack is not one of my many regrets as a Muslim and insha’Allah, there will be many more against the enemy of Islam.
I’ll go into more detail about my motivations later, but I targeted a synagogue for a worthy cause, in my opinion, and the idea of many intelligent Muslims.
Let’s be conscious that, even in the west, Jews foster the most hatred toward Muslims.
Since the Jews are a highly powerful group in the west, western nations now advocate for them above the murtadeen in Saudi Arabia and all other Arab countries.
This incident reminded Jews that as long as there is even one Muslim in the world, they will never be able to enjoy a happy existence until Muslims in Palestine, Syria, West Africa, and South Asia do.
Jews have historically supported acts of terror against Muslims. . . . Therefore, hatred of Jews and their horrific crimes is the driving force behind this attack, and I don’t want anyone to even think of saying to me, “Not all Jews advocate terror against Muslims, because they do.
They have ever since.
Their actions are justified by their Torah, and let’s not forget that a Jew attempted to murder the nebi SAW.
The maximum punishment for sending a threat in interstate and international business is five years in prison and a $250,000 fine.