Arrest Made In Connection With New Jersey Synagogue Threats

Suspect could face up to five years in prison
A bird flies past as the Star of David is seen on top of the synagogue in Halle, eastern Germany, on May 30, 2021. - In October 2019, Germany was rocked by a shooting at the synagogue in the eastern city of Halle that left two people dead. Neo-Nazi Stephan Balliet was sentenced to life in prison in December for that attack, described as the country's worst anti-Semitic atrocity since World War II. Balliet, heavily armed, tried to storm the synagogue, but when the door failed to break down he shot dead a female passer-by and a man at a kebab shop instead. (Photo by Ronny Hartmann / AFP) (Photo by RONNY HARTMANN/AFP via Getty Images)

At a glance

  • An 18-year-old male was arrested for allegedly threatening New Jersey synagogues and sharing “a manifesto containing threats to attack a synagogue and Jewish people” on social media.
  • Omar Alkattoul sent the manifesto motivated by his “hatred towards Jews and their heinous acts,” to at least five other individuals and said, “I am the attacker and I would like to introduce myself … I am a Muslim with so many regrets but I can assure you this attack is not one of them.”
  • In response to the threat, the FBI increased police presence at synagogues and yeshivas earlier this month.
  • Alkattoul is charged with transmitting a threat in interstate and foreign commerce and could face up to five years in prison if convicted.

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