The arrest yesterday of four would-be jihadis before they could attack two synagogues in New York City brings to mind a long list of terrorist assaults in the United States by Muslims on Jews. These began in 1977 and have continued regularly since, as suggested by the following list of major incidents (ignoring lesser ones that did damage only to property, such a series of attacks on Chicago-area synagogues):
March 1977: Hanafi Muslims seized three buildings in Washington, including the headquarters of B’nai B’rith, and held hostages for 39 hours, leading to one death and one severe injury.
November 1990: El Sayyid Nosair assassinated Rabbi Meir Kahane in a New York hotel.
February 1993: Ramzi Yusuf, the mastermind of the bombing of the World Trade Centerin New York, which claimed 7 lives and injured more than a thousand people,, declared the towers not a civilian target but a military one, by virtue of the fact that it might house a “Zionist official.”
June 1993: “Boom! Broken windows. Jews in the street,” is how one of the plotters described the carnage that would ensue from a planned “day of terror” with simultaneous bombings of the United Nations complex, the Lincoln and Holland tunnels, and other New York landmarks.
March 1994: Rashid Baz, a Palestinian immigrant, opened fire on a van carrying Orthodox Jewish boys across the Brooklyn Bridge, killing 16-year-old Ari Halberstam.
July 1997: ‘Ali Hasan Abu Kamal, a 69-year-old Palestinian, shot seven tourists atop theEmpire State building, killing one and severely wounding another; in his suicide note, he accused the United States of using Israel as “an instrument” against the Palestinians.
July 1997: Ghazi Ibrahim Abu Maizar’s near-explosion of a pipe bomb in the New York City subway system.
July 2002: Hesham Mohamed Ali Hadayet’s attack on the El Al counter at Los Angeles International Airport, killing two.
September 2005: Jam’iyyat Ul-Islam Is-Saheeh plot against two Los Angeles-area synagogues, disrupted due to a dropped mobile phone.
July 2006 : Naveed Haq assaulted the Jewish Federation of Greater Seattle, murdering one and injuring five.
May 2009: Four arrested in attempt to blow up two New York City synagogues.
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Authorities say they have foiled many home-grown terrorism plots since Sept. 11, 2001:
- MAY 2003: A naturalized U.S. citizen from Kashmir living in Columbus, Ohio, is accused of planning to destroy the Brooklyn Bridge, pleads guilty to supporting al-Qaida and is sentenced to 20 years in prison.
- JUNE 2003: The FBI charges a group of men in Virginia with being part of a conspiracy to support holy war overseas. In all, 11 men eventually were convicted in what the government described as a “Virginia jihad network” that used paintball games as training.
- AUGUST 2004: U.S. authorities announce evidence of a yearslong plot to attack financial institutions in New York, Washington and Newark, N.J. Eventually, five men plead guilty in London.
- AUGUST 2004: Two men are arrested on the eve of the Republican National Convention in New York on suspicion of plotting to blow up a subway station. They are sentenced to prison.
- AUGUST 2004: Authorities arrest two leaders of a mosque in Albany, N.Y., and charge them with aiding in a plot to buy a grenade launcher to assassinate a Pakistani diplomat. They are later convicted of counts relating to money laundering and conspiracy.
- AUGUST 2005: Four California men, one the founder of a radical Islamic prison group, are accused of conspiring to attack Los Angeles-area military bases, synagogues and other targets. Three were convicted; one awaits trial.
- FEBRUARY 2006: Three men are arrested in Toledo, Ohio, on suspicion of providing material support to terrorists. One is accused of downloading videos on the use of suicide-bomb vests.
- APRIL 2006: Two Georgia men are accused of videotaping buildings in the Washington area, including the Capitol and the World Bank, and sending the video to a London extremist active on jihadist Web sites.
- JUNE 2006: The FBI announces arrests in Miami and Atlanta in the early stages of a plot to destroy the Sears Tower in Chicago, FBI offices and other buildings. A federal jury convicted five men of plotting to join forces with al-Qaida. A sixth was acquitted.
- JULY 2006: U.S. authorities announce the arrest of Assem Hammoud, a Lebanese man they claim was plotting to bomb New York City train tunnels to flood the financial district.
- MAY 2007: Six men were arrested in a suspected plot to attack soldiers at Fort Dix in New Jersey. Five were convicted of conspiring to kill military personnel and four were sentenced to life in prison; another got 33 years.
- JUNE 2007: Four Muslim men are accused of plotting to destroy New York’s Kennedy Airport, kill thousands of people and blow up a jet fuel artery. They have pleaded not guilty.
- MAY 2009: Four men are charged in New York with plotting to attack synagogues and shoot down a military plane.