May 18, 2011, - 3:07 pm

Investigator: NY Muslim Terrorists FBI Said Weren’t, Part of NY-Based Ring Targeting Synagogues, Incl Chabad HQ

By Debbie Schlussel

Last week, I told you about Ahmed Ferhani and Mohammed Mamdouh, the New York Islamic terrorists who targeted synagogues and bought grenades and ammunition to carry out their attack.  The FBI declined to investigate them, denying they were actually Islamic terrorists.  Apparently the grenades, guns, ammunition, and plans to dress up as Orthodox Jews were just for a Muslim Halloween party in May.  As I also noted, authorities said the men were “not connected to any terrorist group.”  But it appears–based on their plans–that they were followers of another well-known New York-based Islamic terrorist who has inspired several attacks on synagogues throughout the U.S.  Our friend, terrorism investigator, Bill Warner, made the very important connection.

Ferhani/Mamdouh & Khattab: Were They Inspired by Him?

Florida-based  Private Investigator Bill Warner has been the go-to guy on, a jihadist website that promotes Islamic terrorist attacks on Americans.  Warner has gotten a number of Al-Qaeda-linked and other terrorist websites hosted in the U.S. shut down and has been nationally recognized in the media for doing so.  He’s not in the federal government, but if he were running things, a lot more Islamic terrorists in our midst would be caught and their operations shut down.  Warner has also been the lead investigator in terms of information on Youssef Al-Khattab, a former New York cabbie, who instructed followers to target synagogues dressed as Orthdox Jews, particular Chassidic Orthodox Jews.  Khattab applauded the Fort Hood massacre, saying the soldiers deserved to die.

Both Ferhani and Mamdouh are from Queens, as is Khattab.  And Warner notes that the Ferhani/Mamdouh plot is right out of Khattab’s and the RevolutionMuslim website’s playbook, urging Muslims to dress up as Orthodox Jews and target synagogues, including the “770 synagogue,” which is a very clear reference to the world headquarters of the Chabad Lubavitch Movement of Chassidic Jews–the largest and fastest growing movement in Judaism worldwide.  The address of the synagogue and world headquarters is 770 Eastern Parkway, located in the Crown Heights section of New York.

Were Ferhani and Mamdouh targeting the synagogue at 770 Eastern Parkway?  We don’t know for certain because New York authorities still won’t identify the synagogue that was targeted.  But I believe Bill Warner is right.  Khattab has inspired Muslim attacks in synagogues in New York, Chicago, and elsewhere, and the Queens connection, as well as dressing up as Orthodox Jews–both from Khattab’s handbook of terrorist attacks.  The Chicago synagogue that was attacked is attended by one of this site’s readers and friends.

Given all of this, it’s incredible that the FBI declined to investigate this case and claimed these guys were “just aspirational, not operational” terrorists.  Clearly, the “work” of Youssef Al-Khattab makes him the Anwar Al-Awlaki on U.S. soil, inspiring Islamic terrorist attacks on synagogues.  Ignoring it is frankly malpractice.  Apparently the FBI needs to drop the “I” from the acronym, because they simply aren’t doing any of that when Jews and synagogues are involved.

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18 Responses

Some people just never learn from the incredible, tactical, story of the Trojan Horse.

Amedeo Bianchi on May 18, 2011 at 3:25 pm

    To the first poster on this thread, since you mentioned the “Trojan Horse”, here goes:

    The Trojan war wasn’t over, the Greeks build a large wooden horse on wheels, it was big enough that the greek soldiers hid inside the wooden horse and kept real quiet, and the trojans asked one of the greek, “What’s the horse for”? He said (the greek person) it was an offering to Athena. The Trojans rolled the large wooden horse into the city of Troy, they left it at the temple of Athena and then the trojans had a big party to celebrate the end of the war. Finally all of the trojan soldiers went to sleep, and NOW the greek soldiers came out of the wooden horse and killed the guards on the walls. The Greeks could get in now because the walls were torn down. There was a big battle and the greeks won, all the trojan men were killed and all the women and children were taken to Greece as slaves.

    We all know that some of the islamist in this country are using religion as a “Trojan Horse” by attacking us who knows what islam is really all about, and more likely want to get rid of the US constitution and bill of rights and replace it with sharia law/islamic theocracy! And I don’t want NO type of theocracy from any religion in this country!

    “A nation is defined by it’s borders, language & culture!”

    Sean R. on May 18, 2011 at 5:27 pm

I think it is worth noting that Chabad was the Jewish organization targeted in the Mumbai attacks.

I_AM_ME on May 18, 2011 at 4:28 pm

    Chabad’s being a non-Zionist Jewish organization doesn’t matter.

    Islam isn’t targeting Jews because they identify with Israel. They target Jews, period.

    Haredi Jews can shun the State Of Israel all they want. But they should know that the Old Yishuv in British Palestine – people like them who had nothing to do with Zionism, were massacred exactly first and foremost because they were Jews.

    And Chabad and the Haredi World’s aversion to Zionism is not going to make them invisible to Muslim anti-Semites.

    That should be the lesson of Mumbai to such Jews.

    NormanF on May 18, 2011 at 5:44 pm

What you don’t realize Debbie is that the translators the FBI relies upon,told them that the Arabic documents found in his possession,contained no terrorist information.

So see,it must be true.Right?

ebayer on May 18, 2011 at 4:45 pm

    I think you’re correct.

    The FBI may be following bad advice or I should say no advice at all.

    All the same, their performance in this affair has been inexcusable.

    NormanF on May 18, 2011 at 5:59 pm

By that logic, many FBI stings go after simple aspirants. In the end, it is only aspirational until the bodies fly. I would hope that the FBI aspired to more than being body bag handlers for a coroner.

Worry01 on May 18, 2011 at 5:12 pm

    The intended victims were Jews. If they were any one else, you betcha the FBI would be taking it very seriously.

    Then again it doesn’t surprise me that Jews are second class (or should that be third class) citizens in regard to the federal reaction to what is clearly a hate crime against them.

    And I hazard a guess Haredi Jews rank even lower down the grand scheme of things than liberal Jews.

    NormanF on May 18, 2011 at 5:57 pm

NormanF writes, “Chabad’s being a non-Zionist Jewish organization doesn’t matter.”

Unlike most haredi groups (most non-Zionist with only the fringe Neturei Karta being ANTI-Zionist), Chabad is actually very supportive of Israel. One of their assumptions is that performance of “mitzvot” – Jewish commandments – strengthens both the Jewish people and the Jewish army.

That was made clear to me back in 1970 when I happened to be passing through their study center in Israel during a celebratory gathering. A film was being shown, but narrated in (IIRC) Hebrew, which I didn’t know then. Interspersed with images of Jews putting on phylacteries, one saw images of Israel Air Force fighters jets in action defending the Jewish state. The more mitzvot, the stronger the state’s defenders. Doesn’t sound “non-Zionist” to me. And yes, many Chabad do serve in the IDF.

Chabad also connects with the IDF in another way. Many Israeli youngsters take a break after IDF service before entering university or the work force by traveling overseas, far from their small country. Backpacking through Peru or Vietnam, Nepal or Australia or China, they’ll find a Chabad center to help them out.

Raymond in DC on May 18, 2011 at 7:02 pm

Chabad’s relationship to Israel is an ambivalent one.

They are not Zionists if by that one means they accept secular Jewish nationalism in which allegiance to the Jewish State supersedes allegiance to G-d and the Torah.

You could call them Zionist if you believe in a Jewish state based on Jewish law and belief in G-d.

Apart from the anti-Zionist NK, most Haredi Jews have beliefs like this and a reconciliation of Haredi Judaism with the Jewish State is gradually happening.

Israel’s Haredi party Shas is now a Zionist party.

NormanF on May 18, 2011 at 7:07 pm

Ok, what is Chabad and Haredi?

Also, I live in a town populated by many Jews. What is a Chabad House?

Skunky on May 18, 2011 at 8:49 pm

This is a good place to ask.

dora on May 18, 2011 at 11:30 pm

    Thanks, Dora. Neat site.

    Tanstaafl on May 19, 2011 at 9:47 am

I thought Khattab had moved to Morocco. Is he still in Queens?

Facts Life on May 18, 2011 at 11:32 pm

Oh, its just ridiculous that ordinary U.S. citizens (like me) IMMEDIATELY made the connection between Revolutionmuslim and these guys.

Anyone who’s been paying attention to the islamic threat, that is. The plan of these two guys is right off the revmuz website– Joey put that little gem up about 2 years ago, if I remember correctly.

I know Yunis (another head of revmuz) is under indictment, but he’s already run as well. Its really sad when everyday folks seem to be the ones who should run the show instead of the “experts.”

dahozho on May 19, 2011 at 9:37 am

That one bearded dude looks like Batman villain Hugo Strange.

Bart Wurd on May 19, 2011 at 4:54 pm

Why is it that all Muslim terrorists are plug-ugly? Has anyone here, for that matter, seen a handsome terrorist?

Seek on May 19, 2011 at 7:19 pm

There is a spectrum of political beliefs in all religions and organizations. From what I’ve seen, Zionism is interesting to terrorists. On the other hand, those who carry out attacks do not generally prepare by doing thorough political and anthropological research. All government organizations and competent NGO’s have a PR/media arm and it is safe to assume that people will try to influence the media in order to advance their interests.

David on June 14, 2012 at 1:02 pm

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