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Four arrested in plot to bomb synagogues, shoot down plane

by Brad A. Greenberg

May 21, 2009 | 5:12 am

The news popping up all over my Twitter timeline right now, besides “American Idol” reflections, is the FBI’s arrest of four men who planned to bomb New York synagogues and shoot a plane out of the sky.

Here’s the story from the New York Daily News:

The idea was to create a “fireball that would make the country gasp,” one law enforcement said.

Little did they know the plastic explosives packed into their car bombs and the plane-downing Stinger missile in their backseat were all phony - supplied by undercover agents posing as Pakistani militants linked to Al Qaeda.

“If there can be any good news from this terror scare it’s that this group was relatively unsophisticated, penetrated early, and not connected to another terrorist group,” said Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.). “This incident shows that we must always be vigilant against terrorism, foreign or domestic.”

The suspects - three U.S.-born citizens and one Haitian immigrant - at least three of whom were said to be jailhouse converts to Islam, were angry about the deaths of Muslims in Afghanistan, sources told The News.

“They wanted to make a statement,” a law enforcement source said. “They were filled with rage and wanted to take it out on what they considered the source of all problems in America - the Jews.”

Read more about the group’s Jew hatred and foiled terrorist plot here.

In other news that’ll put Jews on edge, court records show that the alleged killer of Johanna Justin-Jinich, a Jewish student at Wesleyan University, had a copy of the “Protocols of the Elders of Zion” in his hotel and had written in his journal:

“I have to kill Jenn. I think it’s OK to kill Jenn and kill the Jews at this school… The want and need to kill Jenn and the Jews is there.”

Despite what “Defamation” director Yoav Shamir has experienced, anti-Semitism is alive and well.

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