NEWARK, NJ — A Middlesex County, New Jersey man was arrested today for transmitting a manifesto via the Internet containing threats to attack a synagogue and the Jewish people, U.S. Attorney Philip R. Sellinger said.
Omar Alkattoul, 18, of Sayreville, New Jersey, was arrested this morning and is charged by complaint with one count of transmitting a threat in interstate and foreign commerce on or about November 1, 2022. He is due to appear this afternoon before the United States. Magistrate Judge Jessica S. Allen in Newark Federal Court.
“No one should be the target of acts of violence or hatred because of their worship,” said U.S. Attorney Sellinger. “According to the complaint, this defendant used social media to post 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 quickly to respond to the alleged threat. There is nothing the US Attorney’s Office takes more seriously than threats to our faith communities and places of worship. The protection of these communities is central to the mission of this office, and this office will devote all necessary resources to ensure the safety of our Jewish community and all residents of New Jersey. »
“When we become aware of credible threats against our community – whether based on hatred towards religion, race, sexual orientation or gender – we call on law enforcement and community partners to help identify and mitigate this threat,” Special Agent James E. Dennehy said. “Through the collaborative efforts among members of our Joint Terrorism Task Force, a potentially dangerous situation has been averted. I would like to commend and show our appreciation for the resources of the U.S. District Attorney’s Office of New Jersey, the New Jersey State Police, the New Jersey Office of Homeland Security and Preparedness, the District Attorney’s Office General of New Jersey, the Sayreville Police Department and the Middlesex County District Attorney’s Office. Let it be known that when a threat of violence comes to our attention, the FBI and our partners will respond to ensure public safety.
According to documents filed in this case and statements made in court:
On November 1, 2022, Alkattoul used a social media app to send an individual a link to a document titled “When Swords Collide” and admitted to that individual that he had written the document, stating, “C is in the context of an attack on the Jews.” According to a second person, Alkattoul also sent the document to at least five other people using another social media app. In the document, Alkattoul wrote the following:
I am the attacker and I would like to introduce myself. . . I am a Muslim with so many regrets but I can assure you that this attack is not one of them and Insha’Allah many more attacks like these on the enemy of Allah and pigs and monkeys will come.
I’ll talk a bit about my motivations, but I targeted a synagogue for a very good reason in my opinion and a lot of Muslims with brains. Let us be aware of the fact that Jews promote the greatest hatred against Muslims even in the West. The Jews are actually a very powerful group in the West, which is why Western countries are now attacking them in addition to the murtadines in Saudi Arabia and all Arab countries.
This attack was just to remind the Jews that as long as a Muslim remains in this world, they will never live a good life as long as the Muslims of Palestine, Syria, West Africa and South Asia do not won’t live a good life. Jews support terror against Muslims and they always have. . . . So the motive for 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’ve had it since day one. Their Torah justifies their actions and keep in mind that it was a Jew who tried to kill the nebi SAW.
The charge of transmitting a threat in interstate and foreign commerce carries a maximum sentence of five years in prison and a fine of $250,000.
U.S. Attorney Sellinger credited FBI special agents and Joint Terrorism Task Force task force officers, under Special Agent in Charge Dennehy in Newark, with the investigation that led to the arrest today. He also thanked agents at the FBI Field Office in Tampa, Florida, under Special Agent in Charge David Walker; the FBI’s New York Field Office, under Deputy Director-in-Charge Michael J. Driscoll; and the FBI’s Washington Field Office, under Deputy Director-in-Charge Steven D’Antuono; as well as the New Jersey Attorney General’s Office, under Attorney General Matthew J. Platkin; the Middlesex County District Attorney’s Office, under District Attorney Yolanda Ciccone; and officers from the Sayreville Police Department, under Chief Daniel Plumacker.
The government is represented by U.S. Assistant Attorneys Jonathan Peck, Christopher Amore, and Benjamin Levin of the U.S. Attorney’s Office National Security Unit, with assistance from the Counterterrorism Section of the U.S. Department of Justice’s National Security Division. Justice.
The charges and allegations contained in the Complaint are charges only, and the Defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty.