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[Jewish] Temple attack 'stupid,' [Muslim] suspect says on tape
NY Daily News ^ | Oct. 10, 2002 | Christena Coleman

Posted on 10/10/2002 8:24:50 AM PDT by Alouette

Mohammed Alfaqih leaves Bronx Supreme Court yesterday.

A young Arab-American man accused of attempted arson of a Bronx synagogue explained in a written and videotaped statement that he did not want to participate in his friends' foiled plans.

Mohammed Alfaqih, 20, of Yonkers and his friend Mazin (Nick) Assi, 23, also of Yonkers, are on trial in Bronx Supreme Court, charged with attempting to set fire to the Conservative Synagogue Adath Israel of Riverdale on Oct. 8, 2000.

A liquor bottle with a flaming rag was tossed through the glass door of the synagogue, but there was no other damage.

The pair were arrested three days later.

Yesterday, the prosecution showed the jury Alfaqih's videotaped statement and a four-page handwritten statement explaining his alleged role in the incident.

"I drove to the Jewish church," Alfaqih wrote. "Nick said he wanted to put the Jewish church on fire. They opened the bottles. ... [Medre] Medre [who has not been indicted] threw one bottle and Nick put the other bottle to the door. They had latex gloves on."

Alfaqih wrote that he was "sorry for driving them there" and that he also was scared, so he left them at the synagogue and drove off.

The incident took place just before the start of the holiest day of the Jewish New Year, and authorities have labeled the actions a hate crime.

Bronx Assistant District Attorneys Jeffrey Glucksman and Michael Cooper said the men plotted to target the synagogue because they were angry about the Palestinian-Israeli conflict.

But Assi's lawyer, Lynne Stewart, said it was a stupid thing for them to do, but they are not terrorists.

The two defendants opted for separate cases, but they are being tried at the same time. Alfaqih is represented by defense attorney Sabrina Shroff.

Alfaqih said that he was with three young men the day of Oct. 7, 2000, when they went to a liquor store and paid $35 for two bottles of 160-proof liquor. The bottles were left in Alfaqih's car until that night.

He said he attended his uncle's funeral that evening then met up with his three buddies again. Alfaqih said he and his friends picked up girls and went dancing at Club Hollywood in New Rochelle.

According to Alfaqih, they left the club about 2 a.m., dropped off the girls and headed for the synagogue.

"We were driving there to the synagogue and the bottles were being prepared by all of them," Alfaqih said. "Nick was in the front [the other two were in the back], and everything was already done by the time we got there."

Alfaqih said he dropped the three men off at the synagogue and drove away.

"No, I didn't help them prepare the bottles," he said on the videotape. "I just drove them there. I told them it was a stupid idea."


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society; Foreign Affairs; Miscellaneous; News/Current Events; US: New York
KEYWORDS: hatecrime; muslim; vandalism; wherescairnow
The RELIGION OF PEACETM strikes again.

A year ago, in Dearborn, somebody found a burnt-out sparkler (no doubt left over from the 4th of July) on the sidewalk a block away from a mosque. The media went on and on and on for days on end about this awful "threat" which struck fear into the hearts of neighborhood Muslims.

But this playful prank of burning down a synagogue is just youthful exuberance.

1 posted on 10/10/2002 8:24:51 AM PDT by Alouette
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To: 2sheep; a_witness; agrace; American in Israel; Anamensis; anapikoros; Ancesthntr; A_perfect_lady; ..
religion of peace ping
2 posted on 10/10/2002 8:26:05 AM PDT by Alouette
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To: Alouette
But Assi's lawyer, Lynne Stewart, said it was a stupid thing for them to do, but they are not terrorists.

Gee whiz, Lynne Stewart would know, wouldn't she? After all, she represents plenty of terrorists.

3 posted on 10/10/2002 8:35:04 AM PDT by Catspaw
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To: Catspaw
Had the synagog burned down and killed someone...would they have been terrorists then?
Wasnt it their intent to burn down a synagog?....deport them back to rag land
4 posted on 10/10/2002 8:41:28 AM PDT by joesnuffy
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To: Alouette
But Assi's lawyer, Lynne Stewart, said it was a stupid thing for them to do, but they are not terrorists.

If it makes Lynne feel better, 40 years for arson works for me.

Such distinctions, I'm not a terrorist, I'm an arsonist.

5 posted on 10/10/2002 8:43:01 AM PDT by SJackson
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To: Catspaw

"It was a stupid thing for them to do, but they are
not terrorists.Remember, the real enemy is John Ashcroft!"
6 posted on 10/10/2002 8:44:12 AM PDT by harry palmer
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To: Alouette
"But Assi's lawyer, Lynne Stewart, said it was a stupid thing for them to do, but they are not terrorists."

Rule of thumb: whatever the defence says means the opposite is true.

Translation of defense lawyer's statement: THEY ARE TERRORISTS

7 posted on 10/10/2002 8:45:47 AM PDT by cake_crumb
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To: joesnuffy
Oh, gee, no. To Stewart--who's under indictment for helping the blind sheik get his message of murder out of federal prison to his followers--there's no such thing as a terrorist.

It has seemed to escaped Stewart that if her boy wanted to get out of the conspiracy, he should've called the cops when he found out they wanted to burn down a synagogue.

8 posted on 10/10/2002 8:46:57 AM PDT by Catspaw
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To: Catspaw
Yeah, Lynne Stewart should certainly know a thing or two about terrorists by now. It's almost a legal specialty.
9 posted on 10/10/2002 8:51:21 AM PDT by Sender
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To: Alouette
Another account from "The Riverdale News": Jews have to be careful.
10 posted on 10/10/2002 8:57:17 AM PDT by xJones
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To: Alouette
Surely this will be handled as a HATE CRIME, right?
11 posted on 10/10/2002 9:00:58 AM PDT by xrp
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To: Alouette
Everyone is SORRY when they get caught...ask Arafat


12 posted on 10/10/2002 9:11:40 AM PDT by RnMomof7
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To: Catspaw
"Gee whiz, Lynne Stewart would know, wouldn't she? After all, she represents plenty of terrorists"

Whatever happened to the investigation of her carrying messages from imprisoned terrorists to their cronies outside?

13 posted on 10/10/2002 9:15:48 AM PDT by cake_crumb
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To: Alouette
Sand nazis will be sand nazis.
14 posted on 10/10/2002 9:20:47 AM PDT by sheik yerbouty
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To: Alouette
Thanks for the post and the ping.

Off course, we have never heard about this terrible hate crime by a group of American Islamkazis on the West Coast.

I have bookmarked it for the Pro Islamakazi posters on Free Republic who claim that Islamics in America never commit any crimes against the rest of us!
15 posted on 10/10/2002 10:21:00 AM PDT by Grampa Dave
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To: Grampa Dave
I think it is something to keep in mind whever the CAIR crybabies complain about all the "hate crimes" that have been targeted against mosques. You know, like for instance two Christian women cross the street a block before the mosque so they won't have to walk past the devout young Muslim men who are congregating in front.
16 posted on 10/10/2002 10:33:10 AM PDT by Alouette
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To: Alouette
I'm so tired of our Pro Islamic Left Wing Mediots and their non stories about none hate crimes against Mosques. Then something like this happens and the news is spiked in most of America by the Pro Islamakazi Editors and Publishers!

Again, the value of Free Republic to the real conservatives who want the real truth out for everyone was shown in this thread.
17 posted on 10/10/2002 10:41:39 AM PDT by Grampa Dave
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To: Alouette
You know this isn't getting as much exposure as attacks on Muslims. Why's that? Hmmmm
18 posted on 10/10/2002 2:24:39 PM PDT by Michael2001
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To: Michael2001
You mean like when the Twin Towers and the Pentagon jumped in front of their flights? Or did you mean that guy who said The Lord's Prayer, thereby flaunting his religion in some poor Muslim's face right begore he said, "Let's roll!",then he and some other white guys, including a Jew, commenced to put one freaking deep hole just a few miles from here?
That HAS to be what you meant. Otherwise, WHAT attacks on Muslims?
19 posted on 10/10/2002 11:27:22 PM PDT by Nix 2
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To: Nix 2
The so called hate crimes that occured after 9/11
20 posted on 10/11/2002 12:49:13 AM PDT by Michael2001
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To: Michael2001
Hate crimes are only committed against preferred minorities.

Jews aren't a preferred minority.

The Left-wing Liberal media decides who is and who is not preferred.

Didn't you know that the "Jews" are the root cause of all evil?????

/sarcasm

21 posted on 10/11/2002 1:05:07 AM PDT by Thumper1960
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