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Paterson, NJ - Man Pleads Not Guilty To Tossing Firecrackers At Synagogue Shouting "Allahu Akbar

Published on: August 31, 2015 03:45 PM
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Rizek Musheisen (Passaic Police Department)Rizek Musheisen (Passaic Police Department)

Paterson, NJ - A northern New Jersey man has pleaded not guilty to charges that he threw lit firecrackers outside a synagogue while shouting “Allahu akbar.”

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NJ.com (http://bit.ly/1KzdnQ5 ) reports 21-year-old Rizek Musheisen, of Clifton, entered the plea Monday in state Superior Court. He faces two counts of bias intimidation.

Authorities say Musheisen got out of a car in April in front of a Passaic synagogue and lit the firecrackers while yelling the Arabic phrase for “God is great.”

Musheisen’s attorney, Harley Breite, says his client “is not a racist” and won’t consider a plea deal. He remains free on bail.

Breite also questioned why other men in the car, including the driver, weren’t charged.

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Information from: NJ.com, http://www.nj.com



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 Aug 31, 2015 at 04:53 PM 5TResident Says:

Maybe he was yelling "where's the Snackbar?"

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 Sep 01, 2015 at 12:29 AM lazerx Says:

"Musheisen’s attorney, Harley Breite, says his client “is not a racist” "

So what is Breite definition of a racist if not some one who targets Jews and hurls insults and throws firecrackers to cause panic and possible injury?

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 Sep 01, 2015 at 04:19 PM Anonymous Says:

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5TResident Says:

Maybe he was yelling "where's the Snackbar?"

glad you find this incident funny.

September 11 is in a week and a half. If you thought this was funny, you must find 9/11 hysterical!

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 Sep 01, 2015 at 04:28 PM Anonymous Says:

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lazerx Says:

"Musheisen’s attorney, Harley Breite, says his client “is not a racist” "

So what is Breite definition of a racist if not some one who targets Jews and hurls insults and throws firecrackers to cause panic and possible injury?

firstly, why do you care what the defendant's lawyer says? it will not be him deciding whether the Musheisen is found guilty.

Secondly, how is being a racist criminal?

Last, none of the three definitions you give define a racist:
1. hurling insults? not racist.
2. throwing firecrackers? not racist.
3. targets Jews? not proven, one incident and the victim happened to be Jewish, does not mean he "targets Jews". Also, Jews are not a race. Judiasm is a religion.

He committed a felony as well as a hate crime, which violates Federal as well as city and State laws, and carries extra penalties. Luckily for us you are not the one prosecuting this case.

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 Sep 02, 2015 at 12:12 PM ActualJew Says:

This is why shuls need self-security. Lowlives like this.

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 Sep 03, 2015 at 10:35 AM Anonymous Says:

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ActualJew Says:

This is why shuls need self-security. Lowlives like this.

what exactly is self-security? people standing outside of every shul 24/7?

isn't that ridiculous even to you?

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