New Jersey: Another Muslim arrested on terror charges

The fifth tri-state area Muslim arrested this month on jihad charges. alaa_saadeh_0629b alaa_saadeh_0629

via Fifth arrest made in New Jersey for terror-related charges | New York’s PIX11 / WPIX-TV.

NEWARK, N.J. — A New Jersey man has been arrested on suspicion of conspiring to provide material support to terrorists, the fifth such arrest of a tri-state area resident this month, the FBI said Monday.

Alaa Saadeh, 23, of West New York, N.J., was taken into custody Monday morning at his home, the FBI said.

In addition to accusations he conspired with other men in New Jersey and New York to provide services and personnel to the Islamic State terror group, Saadeh is suspected of trying to persuade a witness to lie to the FBI, the agency said.

The 23-year-old appeared before a judge Monday afternoon.

Manny Gomez, a former FBI agent and founder of MG Security Services says that Monday’s arrest should be embraced with mixed feelings, “The authorities are doing an amazing job at identifying, investigating and ultimately arresting these people and stopping these attacks.”

That is the good news.

As for the bad?

“The bad news is that statistically speaking, ISIS is recruiting more and more young people on a daily basis and the authorities are being challenged more and more everyday to keep up with these potential attacks,” says Gomez.

The FBI said Saadeh’s brother left the U.S. in May allegedly to join the terror group, which uses beheadings and mass killings — often captured on camera then published online — to impose its violent agenda.

Saadeh along with another man and Samuel Rahamin Topaz, 21, of Fort Lee, allegedly traveled with him and promised to meet overseas again in a few weeks. Soon after, Saadeh’s brother, whom the FBI did not identify, was arrested in Jordan on suspicion of supporting ISIS, federal officials said.

But Saadeh, Topaz and a third man continued to discuss their suspected terror goals. That is, until May 21 when he and Topaz allegedly talked about the need to “lay low,” apparently suspicious that someone may have “snitched” on their plans and that the feds were listening, the FBI said.

Saadeh allegedly revealed to an informant that he supported ISIS and their brutal slayings, the FBI said. He then allegedly told someone in New Jersey to “play dumb” and be “honest up to a point” but be sure not to tell the FBI anything about his suspected terror aspirations.

PIX 11 spoke with U.S. Representative Yvette Clarke, a former Member of the House Committee on Homeland Security at her Brooklyn office. Rep. Clarke says it translates to, “Well it just says to me that we’ve got a lot more work to do in terms of finding those potential lone operators.”

Rep. Clarke also added that equally as disturbing is the fact that a number of the men arrested are relatively young, “It speaks to some sort of disillusionment among some young people, particularly those who would be more vulnerable to those trying to find acceptance and unfortunately that acceptance is through theses dramatic terrorist plots.”

As for the fact that this is the fifth arrest in the tri-State area in recent weeks, Gomez says the rash is concerning, “Five in a short amount of time in the same area is a new thing and it makes one wonder how many more are out there in the country that we don’t have eyes and ears on that can potentially blow up, literally at any given time.”

Each count in the complaint against Saadeh carries a maximum potential penalty of 20 years in prison and a fine of $250,000.

Another news source writes:

Saadeh could face up to 60 years in prison if convicted.

According to the federal complaint, Saadeh believed one of the others snitched on him when he learned his brother was arrested overseas. Saadeh allegedly said he would “kill someone” and told a witness to “play dumb” after he learned the FBI was on to him.

Another article writes: A Roommate Told the FBI About His Suspicions of Saadeh & His Brother.

DOJ press release here.

Criminal complaint here.

New Jersey: Muslim Arrested in ISIS Support Case, 4th Muslim Arrested in a Week

via Samuel Rahamin Topaz Accused Of Conspiring To Provide Support To ISIS « CBS New York.


NEWARK, N.J. (CBSNewYork/AP) — A New Jersey man has been charged with conspiring with three other men to provide material support to the Islamic State terror group.

Samuel Rahamin Topaz, of Fort Lee, was arrested Wednesday and is charged with conspiring with others in New Jersey and New York to provide services and personnel to ISIS.

According to prosecutors, the 21-year-old was arrested at his home and made an initial court appearance in front of a federal judge in Newark Thursday. He is being held without bail.

Prosecutors alleged one of Topaz’s co-conspirators was a Munther Omar Saleh, 20, who was arrested in Queens this week. Another alleged co-conspirator traveled oversees to join ISIS in May, prosecutors said.

The third co-conspirator wasn’t identified but was said to be a New Jersey resident.

As CBS2’s Jessica Schneider reported, the suspect shared ominous posts on social media.

Topaz posted selfies on Facebook wearing the head and face coverings similar to those worn by jihadist fighters.

One of his friends alerted the FBI to his troubling behavior.

Topaz lives in a Fort Lee apartment building with his mother and younger brother.

He used to sing and was in a band — and was seen playing guitar in a Facebook video. But in the past few months the feds said he withdrew from his friends and began associating with men that the FBI had been monitoring — including Saleh, 20, the student from Queens arrested Saturday near the Whitestone Bridge.

Saleh is accused of planning an attack on New York City landmarks on behalf of ISIS.

A complaint alleges months of correspondence between Topaz and Saleh, and two other men. One of the men left the U.S. to fly to the Middle East last month.

The men allegedly made plans to join ISIS but ran into financial issues.

“I’m not sure how much longer I can take not being in the Dawla. Honestly, everything is so accesible and unchangeable and excessive in American that I feel any much longer I’m here I might just start fasting to get much closer to God,” Topaz said in a text to Saleh on May 4.

Agents executed a search warrant and arrested Topaz on Wednesday.

Debra Weinberg saw Topaz being led out of his home in hadcuffs.

“I think it can happen here because we’re very close to Manhattan and it makes me nervous, but you have to go on with your life,” she said.

The feds said that after his arrest Topaz admitted to sympathizing with ISIS and planned to travel overseas.

Another man, Fareed Mumuni of Staten Island, was also arrested Wednesday morning after allegedly attacking an FBI agent with the Joint Terrorism Task Force with a knife during a search of his home.

Investigators said Mumuni “repeatedly attempted to plunge the kitchen knife into the torso of an FBI Special Agent,” CBS2’s Jessica Schneider previously reported.

None of the stabs penetrated the agent’s body armor, and he suffered only minor injuries, according to the criminal complaint.

Authorities said Mumuni and Saleh were plotting to explode a pressure cooker bomb in the city, CBS2 reported.

If convicted, Topaz faces a maximum of 15 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

There are at least two other pre-jihad Muslims that associated with this cell in New Jersey:

The FBI said Topaz also met regularly with two others who have not been charged — dual citizens of the U.S. and Jordan, ages 20 and 23. The younger one left the U.S. on May 5 for Jordan and presumably attempted to travel on to Syria, the FBI said.

Under questioning, Topaz said he sympathized with ISIS and watched videos, and admitted speaking with three others about wanting to join ISIS, the complaint stated.


New Jersey (Muslim) Community Service Awards?

A reader in NJ noticed this.

New Jersey had 1.45 million volunteers in 2015. 580 of them were nominated for a community service award. Yet the photo op is almost exclusively comprised of Muslims. Quite reminiscent of the FBI community service awards.

via New Jersey Department of State – NJ Commission on National and Community Service.

Recognizing who?

Trenton, NJ – Recognizing the efforts of New Jersey’s 1.45 million volunteers, Acting Governor Kim Guadagno will attend the annual Governor’s Jefferson Awards this evening in Newark.

“One person truly can change the world, just as each of tonight’s honorees has done. I know I’m not alone in feeling such a deep sense of pride in knowing that New Jersey is home to so many extraordinary individuals,” said Acting Governor Guadagno. “Let’s all continue to be inspired by the examples we will honor tonight. More importantly, when we see a need, let’s not wait for the ‘other guy.’ Let’s all work together to envision the answer and take action – not only during times of crisis, but in everyday life.”

There were 580 nominations across 22 categories for the 2015 awards. Tonight’s awardees represent the highest ideals of volunteerism and will be honored for their outstanding acts of service. Among many other service projects, honorees:

Prepare and deliver more than 10,000 home-style and nutritious meals per month to shelters in the Garfield area;

Offer safe and engaging alternatives for endangered youths in Newark and Trenton;

Assist impoverished third-world regions obtain clean drinking water and proper sanitation;

Provide homeless shelters with new socks, winter goods and other basics;

Provided thousands of health screenings to uninsured or underinsured residents;

Enlisted more than 1500 volunteers to provide pro-bono legal assistance to those in need; and

Established a Scout Troop in Afghanistan that has expanded to more than 10,000 boys and girls.

 You’d think those accolades listed would correlate with those pictured above. But if you read the 2015 list of honorees, none of them are Muslim. So what gives?

The Scout Troop was established by U.S. Army Maj. Glenn Battschinger. He is listed. An interesting story worth reading.

New Jersey: Muslim who arranged wife’s murder & blamed Islamophobes, gets life sentence

Ain’t Islam grand? via Kashif Parvaiz Sentenced To At Least 73 Years In Wife’s Killing « CBS New York.

MORRISTOWN, N.J. (CBSNewYork/AP) — A judge threw the book Thursday at a Brooklyn man who conspired to kill his wife while the couple was on a walk with one of their young sons in New Jersey.

Kashif Parvaiz, who was convicted in February of scheming with his Massachusetts girlfriend to kill his wife and make it look like a random attack, was sentenced to at least 73 years in prison without parole, CBS2’s Tony Aiello reported.

The August 2011 shooting occurred while Parvaiz and his wife, 27-year-old Nazish Noorani, walked with their son in Boonton, near Noorani’s family home.

Antoinette Stephen pleaded guilty to murder and other offenses and testified against him. The Billerica resident was having an affair with Parvaiz and has admitted firing the fatal shots.

She faces up to 30 years in prison when she’s sentenced next month.

Parvaiz showed no emotion when his brother-in-law, Kaleem Noorani, called him out as a murderous fiend in court.

“You are a failure as a husband, father, son, as a human being, and above all, you are an evil murderer,” he said.

Parvaiz was shot in the leg and claimed they were targeted in an anti-Muslim attack. But his story unraveled, and Stephen eventually admitted she killed Noorani under orders from Parvaiz.

Investigators recovered the murder weapon from his SUV.

The defense team asked the judge to Parvaiz to 30 years, but prosecutor Matthew Troiano strongly disagreed, calling Parvaiz a coward who endangered his own son.

“He put that little boy into direct harm’s way,” Troiano said. “After your wife is shot, you do nothing. You don’t run to her. You run away.”

At the trial, the prosecution presented evidence that Parvaiz considered other ways to kill his wife, including poisoning her.

Gilson called “cold-blooded” and “beyond redemption” in sentencing him.

“He did in fact show us plenty of remorse and regret and emotion,” defense attorney John Bruno said. “Unfortunately, those feelings did not come through to the trial judge.”

Parvaiz is planning to appeal his conviction and sentence.

He was convicted of murder, conspiracy to commit murder, endangering the welfare of a child, child abuse, hindering apprehension by lying to police and weapons charges.

Backposts here.

New Jersey: Man arrested after throwing firecrackers, shouting Allah Akbar at Passaic synagogue

 Islamophobia strikes again. via Clifton man accused of throwing lit firecrackers outside Passaic synagogue – h/t TROP

PASSAIC – A 21-year-old Clifton man is accused of throwing lit firecrackers outside a synagogue and yelling “Allahu Akbar” before fleeing in a car Saturday night.

Rizek Musheisen is charged with bias intimidation, possession of fireworks, harassment and criminal mischief, Detective Andy White said. He was in the city’s lockup Sunday morning before bail was set.rizek-musheisen

Officers Michelle Merced and Matthew Auflander responded to the Ahavas Israel Synagogue at 181 Van Houten Ave. around 8 p.m. after a report of a suspicious incident, White said. The synagogue was open at the time.

A witness told them a 2012 black Nissan with tinted windows had pulled up in front of the synagogue, and one man, later identified as Musheisen, got out, lit the firecrackers and yelled the phrase – which White said translates to “God is greater, God is greatest” – before getting back into the car, according to police.

The witness’ description helped Merced and Auflander, part of the police department’s quality of life unit, find the car in a nearby Quick Chek parking lot.

They found a bag of firecrackers in the car’s trunk, White said. Musheisen was in the car with three men from Passaic, Jersey City and Linden. The three men were not charged in connection with the crime; authorities believe Musheisen acted alone.

The officers and Detective Sgt. Roy Bordamonte are investigating the incident, White said. Authorities don’t believe anyone was injured.

Police do not know if this was an isolated incident and caution residents to remain vigilant.

Anyone with information is asked to call Bordamonte at 973-365-3938.

New Jersey: Teacher suspended after making 3rd-graders send ‘get well’ wishes to cop-killing Muslim (has been fired)

She’s now been fired: School Fires Teacher Who Assigned Third Grade Class To Write Cop Killer

via Teacher suspended after her 3rd-graders send ‘get well’ wishes to cop killer Mumia Abu-Jamal

ORANGE, N.J. – A teacher in New Jersey who assigned her third-grade class to write “get well” letters to a sick inmate convicted of killing a Philadelphia police officer was suspended Friday, the school superintendent said.


Stealth child abuser

Orange School Superintendent Ronald Lee said in a statement that school administrators “vehemently deny” any knowledge of Marilyn Zuniga’s assignment. Preliminary inquiries found that Zuniga did not seek approval from administrators nor were parents notified, Lee said.

The letters were delivered to Mumia Abu-Jamal in prison following his hospitalization last month for what his family said was treatment for complications from diabetes. The former Black Panther is serving life behind bars for the 1981 murder of white Philadelphia police Officer Daniel Faulkner. His conviction was upheld through years of appeals, but he has gained international support for his claim that he is the victim of a racist justice system.

A supporter and history professor at Baruch College, Johanna Fernandez, brought him the letters.

She posted on her Facebook page that “he chuckled as he read excerpts from these touching letters.

Abu-Jamal was released from a hospital in Pottsville, Pennsylvania, on April 1, and returned to the prison, she said.

The school district was closed for spring break and the superintendent said a full investigation would begin when classes resume on Monday.

Zuniga will remain suspended without pay until the investigation is completed, the superintendent said. Additional action could be taken by the school board once the investigation is finished.

An email The Associated Press sent Zuniga seeking comment was not immediately returned.

The cop killer is a cause-celeb for Muslims.

Update: Teacher behind Mumia letters: ‘The mind of a child is where the revolution begins!’

Zuniga is likely never taught her 8-year-olds about the night when Mumia Abu-Jamal, formerly known as Wesley Cook, “silenced” Philadelphia police officer Daniel Faulkner by putting a bullet between his eyes.

But the teacher seems somewhat infatuated with the cop killer.


Zuniga deleted her Twitter account amid the controversy.


Islam Creeping in Another U.S. School (Maryland)

Tip sent in by a reader, we believe this is out of New Jersey. in Baltimore City, Maryland.

To whom it may concern. I am contacting you in reference to a homework assignment my son had on March the 25 , This assignment is nothing but an attempt to force Islam on my son and the students in his class. In this assignment are quotes on Islam like the following.

(1) Allah is not the God of Muslims only. He is the God of all people and all creation.

(2) ”Muslims” means” anyone or anything that surrenders itself to the true will of God”. It states by this definition , that everything in nature (trees, animals, plants, etc.) are ”muslims”.

If anyone has had similar experiences or if the sender wants to provide more details on the school district or book/publisher, please let us know.

 Update: Another reader writes:

Middletown, NJ schools pushing the same garbage.


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