Two 19-year old men are behind bars for attacking synagogues by firebomb in Bergen County, New Jersey. Childhood friends, Aakash Dalal and Anthony Graziano used molotov cocktails and Graziano was attempting to purchase a firearm. Graziano is believed to have carried out the attacks planned by Aakash Dalal…Dalal the teacher, Graziano the student, but Graziano was just as passionate about bringing death and destruction to the Jewish temples as was Dalal, who reportedly hated all Religion and all Government. The synagogues under attack were Congregation K’Hal Adath Jeshurun in Paramus, New Jersey on January 3rd, and Congregation Beth El in Rutherford, New Jersey on January 11. There have been other attacks in the area but so far are not tied to these two men.
The plan was to target wooden synagogues and burn them to the ground, regardless of who was present at the time. The Paramus attack came first, and failed. A week later Graziano was back with a molotov cocktail and threw it into the living quarters where Rabbi Nossan Schumani, his wife and five children were sleeping. The fire spread across the bedroom floor and onto the bed. The Rabbi received burns to his hands as he tried to put out the fire and escape with this family.
Anthony Graziano heard the screams of horror after he lobbed a Molotov cocktail into the living quarters of a Rutherford synagogue where a rabbi lived with his family, a prosecutor said Tuesday, but he ignored the panicked cries and threw more firebombs at the building. Source: NorthJersey.com January 31, 2012
Anthony M. Graziano was arrested Monday night and charged with nine counts of first-degree attempted murder and one count each of first-degree bias intimidation and first-degree aggravated arson in connection with the Rutherford incident on Jan. 11, Bergen County Prosecutor John L. Molinelli said.
Graziano also was charged with first-degree aggravated arson, first-degree bias intimidation and third-degree arson for allegedly setting fire to theParamus temple on Jan. 3. He was being held at theBergen County Jail in Hackensack on Monday with bail set at $5 million. Source: NorthJersey.com January 24, 2012
Dalal now joins Graziano behind bars at the Bergen County Jail, facing what Molinelli called “an extraordinary number of years in prison” for what authorities described as a “narcissistic” and “self-created desire” to be part of some sort of an imagined hate group. In disclosing Dalal’s arrest, Molinelli also announced that the entire string of arson and graffiti attacks that alarmed and terrorized synagogues in the county over the winter had been solved.
“We know that Graziano was developing and improving on his methodology, starting with spray-painting, and went to minor use of Molotov cocktails, to a significant use of Molotov cocktails,” he said. “…ŸIt was Mr. Dalal that directed him how to make it, how often to throw it, and how to throw it in a way that caused the most damage. Source: NorthJersey.com March 2, 2012
Dalal is a former Rutgers University student. He and Graziano grew up together in Lodi, California. In research of this piece, I saw at least one statement of “disturbed minds” or something similar, and I’ve seen several statements from New Jersey authorities that these two men will serve many years in prison. I’ll believe it when I see it. Simply Jews finds Ron Paul and Dalal Aakash smiling from the pages of Facebook. See it here. H/T to Judy W.
Rutherford, New Jersey Synagogue Firebombed (video)