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Would-Be N.Y. Synagogue Bomber Sentenced to 10 Years

By: JTA

An Algerian immigrant who admitted to planning to blow up synagogues in New York City was sentenced to 10 years in prison.

Ahmed Ferhani, 28, was the first person convicted under a state terror statute that went into effect following the 9/11 attacks. He was sentenced last Friday.

Ferhani could have been sentenced to up to 25 years in prison, but entered a plea agreement in December. He also will serve five years of probation under the terms of the agreement.

“By targeting a synagogue, which I knew to be a Jewish house of worship, in this manner, I intended to create chaos and send a message of intimidation and coercion to the Jewish population of New York City, warning them to stop mistreating Muslims,” he said in December during his plea bargain hearing in state Supreme Court.

Ferhani and his alleged accomplice, Mohamed Mamdouh, whose case is still pending, were arrested after they bought three firearms and what they believed was a live grenade from an undercover police detective. They reportedly had planned to disguise themselves as Chassidic Jews in order to get into the synagogues

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4 Responses to “Would-Be N.Y. Synagogue Bomber Sentenced to 10 Years”

  1. Charlie Hall says:

    " send a message of intimidation and coercion to the Jewish population of New York City, warning them to stop mistreating Muslims".

    This is how we treat Muslims here in the Bronx:

    http://riverdalepress.com/stories/At-Riverdale-Jewish-Center-Muslim-student-finds-a-haven-for-prayer,39103

    Ferhani got off easy.

  2. Charlie Hall says:

    " send a message of intimidation and coercion to the Jewish population of New York City, warning them to stop mistreating Muslims".

    This is how we treat Muslims here in the Bronx:

    http://riverdalepress.com/stories/At-Riverdale-Jewish-Center-Muslim-student-finds-a-haven-for-prayer,39103

    Ferhani got off easy.

  3. Jacob Alperin-Sheriff says:

    Isn't there a mosque elsewhere in the Bronx that lets a small minyan daven there.

  4. Charlie Hall says:

    Yes, in the Parkchester neighborhood, on the other side of the Bronx.

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