web analytics
February 28, 2015 / 9 Adar , 5775
At a Glance
News & Views
Sponsored Post


Captured Palestinian Cigarette Smuggler behind Ari Halberstam 1994 Murder

The Hamas and Hezbollah fingerprints are on the yeshiva student's murder as they are on the multi-million dollar smuggling operation.
Ring suspects are are being held without bail.

Ring suspects are are being held without bail.
Photo Credit: Jefferson Siegel

On March 1, 1994, Lebanese-born immigrant Rashid Baz shot many rounds of automatic fire at a van carrying 15 Lubavitch students on the Brooklyn Bridge. Four students were hit, two were very seriously injured. Ari Halberstam, 16, died four days later from a shot to the head. Another student, also shot in the head, suffered permanent major speech impediments. Muaffaq Askar, Baz’s “Palestinian uncle,” has long been suspected of supplying the weapon to convicted killer, according to the NY Daily New.

Now Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly has announced Askar’s arrest as part of a multi-state cigarette smuggling ring with terrorist ties.

Last Thursday, authorities were searching for what had to be millions of dollars in profits of the captured smuggling ring that sold cheap cigarettes to bodegas across New York The current theory is that the funds have been sent to the Middle East.

“We’ve only recovered a small fraction of the money,” State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman said after announcing the charges of enterprise corruption against 16 defendants. “We’re very seriously concerned about where that money went.”

Over the last 17 months, authorities say the ring bought $55 million worth of cigarettes in Virginia, and sold them “tax-free” to grocery stores in New York’s outer boroughs. They “saved” $80 million in state taxes, a percentage of which constituted their smuggling profits.

Three of the men charged in the smuggling operation are linked to known terrorists, including Hamas, officials said.

Murdered yeshiva student Ari Halberstam.

Murdered yeshiva student Ari Halberstam.

According to the Daily News, NYPD detectives visited the Crown Heights, Brooklyn, home of Halberstam’s parents. Ari’s mother, Devorah, is a gun control advocate, who just a month ago published an op-ed in the Daily News, on the 19th anniversary of her son’s death, in favor of increased gun control.

“I hope that Ari’s memory can help move Congress and leaders across the nation. I’m not asking for a perfect solution; I’m asking only for a solution that will save lives,” she wrote.

All 16 of those charged are Palestinian, and 14 of them are living illegally in the U.S. One fled to Jordan before the arrests Wednesday.

The U.S. should have no trouble getting Jordan, recipient of U.S. foreign aid, to assist in extraditing the 16th suspect.

Commissioner Kelly said the ring included several “individuals on our radar with links to known terrorists,” most importantly Mohannad Seif, 39, a cigarette reseller from Brooklyn.

Kelly said Seif lived in the same three-story walkup with the personal secretary of Hamas’ main fund-raiser in the U.S., Mousa Abu Marzouk, who was deported from the U.S. in 1997. Marzouk continues to raise money for Hamas in Egypt.

About the Author:


If you don't see your comment after publishing it, refresh the page.

Our comments section is intended for meaningful responses and debates in a civilized manner. We ask that you respect the fact that we are a religious Jewish website and avoid inappropriate language at all cost.

If you promote any foreign religions, gods or messiahs, lies about Israel, anti-Semitism, or advocate violence (except against terrorists), your permission to comment may be revoked.

2 Responses to “Captured Palestinian Cigarette Smuggler behind Ari Halberstam 1994 Murder”

  1. Ha-historion Joel Davidi says:

    I remember well his murder HYD.

  2. Anonymous says:

    This murderer should pay the ultimate price and he should burn in Gehenim. Rabbi Dr. Bernhard Rosenberg

Comments are closed.

Current Top Story
Israeli Arabs in Nazerth protest against Israel's response to terror last July.
Israel Arabs Greet Herzog and Livni with PA Flags and Fist Fights
Latest News Stories
Golan Wine Medals

‘Double Gold’ awarded to 2012 Yarden Heights wine & 2011 Yarden Merlot Kela Single Vineyard.

Israeli Arabs in Nazerth protest against Israel's response to terror last July.

The so-called “Zionist Camp” was accused of having “blood on its hands.”

Actor Leonard Nimoy in 1967, who was best known for his role as Mr. Spock in the iconic 1960s television series "Star Trek," passed away at age 83 on Friday, Feb. 27, 2015.

Actor Leonard Nimoy, 83, “lived long and prospered” but on Friday moved on to explore the Next World.

18,000 Iranian Centrifuges

Iran already has enough centrifuges for a nuclear weapon.

Learning lessons from Protective Edge, Israel is building an underground training field, and will train special units in tunnel warfare.

The unique desert landscape that covers large parts of Israel allow for its positioning as a leading destination for cyclists, with a comfortable climate year-round and spectacular desert scenery.

Once again al Quds’ Said Arikat used the State Dept. Briefing room to slander Israel with false “facts.”

“If no one is infallible, how is it possible that Netanyahu in his opposition to a potential Iran deal is wrong and you guys are all right?”

US Intelligence Chief Says ISIS ‘low priority’ for Turkey.

Thousands of ultra orthodox Jews attend the wedding of the granddaughter of the rabbi of the ultra orthodox Jewish Kretchnif dynasty in Kiryat Tsanz, Netanya.

Kerry not only is evading Netanyahu but also is trying to upstage him.

House Speaker John Boehner asserts next week’s speech to Congress by Israeli PM Netanyahu won’t hurt US-Israel relations.

Jordan and Israel signed an historic agreement Thursday to implement the Red Sea-Dead Sea rescue pipeline project.

National Security Adviser Susan Rice and US Ambassador to the UN Samantha Power will represent the Obama administration at AIPAC next week.

A NYC jury has convicted Al Qaeda’s ‘minister of communications’ on charges connected to the 1998 bombing of a US embassy in East Africa.

Netanyahu to meet with bipartisan congressional leadership before he addresses the joint session of Congress on March 3.

More Articles from Jewish Press Staff
Golan Wine Medals

‘Double Gold’ awarded to 2012 Yarden Heights wine & 2011 Yarden Merlot Kela Single Vineyard.

It captures the love of the Jewish soul as only Shlomo Hamelech could portray it – and as only Rabbi Miller could explain it.

Forever After?
‘Obligated for Challahh and Not Terumah’
(Kesubos 25a)

LIVE – Wednesday, Feb 25, 2015 – Political candidates from the parties battle it out – in English – for your vote.

The evening begins with a dairy reception at 6:30 PM, and the conversations and debate begin at 7:30 PM.

Situated in the south of Jerusalem, the project benefits from one of the city’s most prestigious and desirable locales, nestled in a particularly attractive area between the Talpiot neighborhood and the green groves of Kibbutz Ramat Rachel.

Printed from: http://www.jewishpress.com/news/breaking-news/captured-palestinian-cigarette-smuggler-behind-ari-halberstam-1994-murder/2013/05/20/

Scan this QR code to visit this page online: