Jersey City shooting: Who are the Black Hebrew Israelites?


Law enforcement sources in Jersey City have named the two shooters who killed Jersey City Detective Joseph Seals in the Bay View Cemetery before calmly driving to a kosher supermarket where they murdered three Hasidic Jews. They also wounded two police officers and a fourth Hasidic Jew as well.

The two shooters whose names were reported to be David Anderson and Francine Graham by various media but were not confirmed by police, however, were killed by Jersey City police officers.

There was a great deal of confusion on Tuesday about their genders with police initially reporting them to be a male and female, then two males. During Wednesday’s news conference, Public Safety Director James Shea refused to confirm the names and/or genders of the suspects and deferred all questions to the Attorney General’s Office, saying the investigation was now being handled at that level; he referred to both as “individuals.”

Multiple media reported Wednesday that Anderson was a former member of the Black Hebrew Israelite movement, whose members believe they are descendants of the ancient Israelites. Officials said there were anti-police and anti-Semitic posts online linked to Anderson’s social media page; investigators are checking to see if they were written by Anderson himself.

3 Chassidic Jews Dead in Deliberate Anti-Semitic Attack on Jersey City Kosher Market

Leah Minda Ferencz, 33, who owned the JC Kosher Supermarket at 223 Martin Luther King Drive, a customer, Moshe Deutsch, 24, and a store worker, Miguel Douglas, 49, were all gunned down Tuesday afternoon. The two police officers who were wounded in the shootout were walking a patrol beat a block away when they heard the gunfire; they saved many lives by immediately racing to engage the attackers.


Reports of a third suspect have not been confirmed and were eventually dropped.

Investigators found a brief and “rambling, manifesto-style” note inside the van driven by Anderson and Graham, according to a report by The New York Times, which quoted a law enforcement official and a second official familiar with the case.

In addition, a live pipe bomb was also found inside the vehicle, the law enforcement official said.

Few details were available about Graham, but New York News 4quoted a neighbor who said she was a former home health aide in Manhattan who met Anderson after “she got hurt at work and quit; he says Graham turned into a ‘dark person’ after they met.” The neighbor added that Graham moved away a year ago; the city told the news outlet the mortgage was assumed by the bank in November 2018.

At a morning news conference on Wednesday, Jersey City Mayor Steven Fulop, Police Chief Michael Kelly and other city officials said examination of the CCTV footage clarifies the shooters unquestionably targeted the JC Kosher Supermarket in their attack. The store serves a budding Hasidic Jewish community of about 100 families who moved to the area from the Williamsburg neighborhood of Brooklyn, where housing availability has become scarce and pricey.

“In the footage, the shooters were seen slowly driving a stolen U-Haul van down the street and then parking the van in front of the store, Fulop said. “We do feel comfortable that it was a targeted attack on the Jewish kosher deli … We could see the van moving through Jersey City streets slowly,” he added.

Shea was more blunt.

“On the video, they park the van, they exit the van with the long guns in their hands and immediately begin firing toward the location that we lost three of our citizens in yesterday,” the Public Safety director pointed out. “There were multiple other people on the streets, so there were many other targets available to them that they bypassed, to attack that place. So it was clearly — that was their target, and they intended to harm people inside.”

The police chief had already told reporters on Tuesday in the hours after the attack that officers were met with “high-powered rifle fire” when engaging the suspects. The exchange of gunfire went on for more than an hour.

“Let me just say that there were two officers on a walking post one block south and when they heard the gunshots they responded immediately,” the mayor said. “From what we could tell in the CCTV cameras, had they not responded and had they not been there in that location more than likely more people would have died.”

The reason the perpetrators likely stayed inside the kosher market rather than moving on to the synagogue next door, or into the yeshiva upstairs, the mayor said, had to do with the fact that police had already moved in and had begun to engage them.


Police: Father Left Son on Side of Road Because He Might Be Gay

Evenaud Julmeus, 30, is charged with three counts of negligent child abuse without bodily harm. (Haines City Police Department)

HAINES CITY, Fla. — A father who police say left his juvenile son on the side of the road because he suspects his son is gay is due in court Tuesday. 

  • Police affidavit: Man found son watching “male porn”
  • Evenaud Julmeus said police would find son a new home

The incident occurred Sunday, Haines City Police say in an affidavit.

The boy, whose age was redacted, was dropped off in front of the closed police department with a small duffel bag with several pieces of clothing, according to police. The boy had no food, water, or money with him.

An officer dispatched to the location said the boy was very upset and crying. According to the report, the boy told the officer that his father, 30-year-old Evenaud Julmeus, thinks he is gay because his father found him “watching male pornography on his cell phone.”

The victim advised that his father told him to pack a bag and that he was taking him to the police department where they would find him a new home. 

According to the report, Julmeus made his son get out of the vehicle while sitting in a turn lane on U.S. Highway 27 before driving off.  The boy did not have a phone to contact anyone, and his father hadn’t tried to contact law enforcement to advise them of the situation.

A bystander who saw what happened contacted the police department, authorities said. 

The mother of the boy went to go look for her son after learning what happened. Julmeus had fled the home before police arrived, they said, leaving two children alone at the home with no supervision. 

Julmeus has been charged with three counts of negligent child abuse without bodily harm. 

Seasonal UPS employee accused of going back to steal packages after dropping them off

MIAMI (WSVN) – A seasonal worker for UPS has been arrested after he was accused of returning to steal packages that he had helped drop off.

Police arrested 18-year-old Emmanuel Lamont Reggin Jr. Tuesday and charged him with third-degree grand theft, which is a felony.

According to police, Reggin was a seasonal employee for UPS and would help the full-time driver unload packages at various locations.

Police said on Monday that Reggin helped unload 5,500 packages at a company near 190th Street and Fifth Avenue in Northeast Miami-Dade.

While unloading the truck, police said surveillance video showed Reggin grabbing several packages containing two Kindles, an iPad and a Surface Pro tablet and placing them in and under dumpsters at the business when his coworker was not looking.

Detectives said after stashing the items, Reggin came back later in the evening after he had clocked out and picked them up.

Police said Reggin repeated the process the following day when he returned to help unload more packages at the business. This time, he placed two boxes under the dumpster. The boxes contained a laptop and two PlayStation 4s.

However, the business manager was alerted to the boxes under the dumpsters and checked surveillance cameras where he saw Reggin committing the act.

Reggin was taken into custody and police said the stolen items were found at his home.

UPS has since released a statement on the 18-year-old’s arrest that read in part, “UPS is working with law enforcement, and the person in question is no longer employed by the company.”

Reggin’s uncle and sister were in court while he made his first appearance on Wednesday.

“At 18, you got a chance to work, and then you go and allegedly do something pretty stupid stealing the packages,” Judge Mindy Glazer said. “I don’t know if that’s the path in life you want to take, but I would think not. I would think you would want to stay out of trouble, get a good job and have a nice life. Good luck to you, sir.”

If convicted, Reggin could face up to five years in prison.

Reggin has since bonded out of the Turner Guilford Knight Correctional Center. He did not answer questions as he left the jail.

Romaine lettuce tainted by fecal bacteria sickens more than 100 people

Romaine lettuce from California’s Salinas Valley has sickened more than 100 people in 23 states. (Justin Sullivan / Getty Images)

Tainted romaine lettuce from California’s Salinas Valley has been linked to 102 illnesses in 23 states, health authorities reported Wednesday.

The tally, including a case reported as recently as Nov. 18, more than doubles the magnitude of an ongoing outbreak linked to E. coli bacteria generally found in animals.

Consumers should check whether their lettuce is labeled with a place of origin, and throw it out if it came from the Salinas Valley, the Food and Drug Administration advised. Unlabeled romaine should be discarded as a precaution, the agency said.

No lettuce from other regions or from indoor facilities has been linked to the outbreak, the FDA said. The season in Salinas is winding down, and harvest is moving south to the desert region around Yuma, Ariz., and California’s Imperial Valley.

Salinas Valley romaine was first implicated last month through illnesses traced to salads packed by a New Jersey food company, which voluntarily recalled about 75,233 pounds of salad products, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service.

The outbreak is the second announced by the FDA and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention this year. In late October, those agencies belatedly announced that 23 people in 12 states had been sickened by fecal bacteria traced to romaine lettuce between July and early September.

Last year, a series of outbreaks linked to California romaine lettuce sickened more than 250 people.

The culprit in all of those outbreaks was identified as a strain of E. coli known as 0157:H7 that produces a potent toxin that causes symptoms ranging from diarrhea and vomiting to kidney failure. The bacteria is commonly found among stockyard animals such as cows.

The Enduring, Intergalactic Cool of Billy Dee Williams

As the legendary actor returns to Star Wars, he talks about his masculine and feminine sides, the legacy of Lando, and how after 82 years he’s never lost his style.


Billy Dee Williams’s guide to being cool involves one simple step: “Be yourself.” He tells me this while sipping a Tito’s vodka neat with a little bit of Emergen-C sprinkled into it (a perhaps healthier choice than the Colt 45 with which he will be eternally associated after a string of ads for the drink in the ’80s). “I never tried to be anything except myself. I think of myself as a relatively colorful character who doesn’t take himself or herself too seriously.”

That’s a humble way of putting it. For nearly half a century, he’s been one of the coolest actors ever to appear onscreen. As Lando Calrissian, the suave, cape-wearing hero of the Star Wars universe, he’s immortalized as the quintessential figure of intergalactic chic. But beyond the sci-fi saga that has captivated generations, he’s a prolific actor and artist—he even designs his own clothes, showing up to our early-October photo shoot in a beautiful brown belted overcoat he made himself. When he starts telling me about what it takes to be cool, we’re at the beginning of our interview at the Russian Tea Room in midtown Manhattan. He’s already had a long day of graciously appeasing legions of fans at New York Comic Con. Williams hasn’t been to the restaurant in “a hundred years,” he says, but it was a regular haunt of his as a 20-something Broadway actor. (He lived a few blocks away before moving to California in 1971.)

The place hasn’t changed much since then; his favorite dish, the chicken Kiev, is still on the menu. In fact, he was so excited about this dish that we called the restaurant beforehand to make sure they could still make it. And, of course, I order it, too, because if Williams says you try the chicken Kiev, only a fool wouldn’t order the chicken Kiev. Over the course of our nearly-four hours of drinking and eating, we have more vodka, a bottle of red picked by Williams, caviar, a cheese plate, and a boozy dessert. Williams knows how to entertain. He knows how to eat. And he certainly knows how to drink. Sitting to my left in a plush, red booth, he seems like he runs the place, like it’s one of Lando’s regular joints in a far off galaxy. He’s kind to the fawning restaurant staff. And, when a group comes in, wearing what appears to be attire from a wedding or a formal party, Williams notes—always with an eye for style—that they look chic. Some of the paintings that’ve inspired his own artwork cover almost every inch of the green walls—like the Tamara de Lempicka portrait of a woman reclining opposite us. Williams grew up about 50 blocks north of here, on the edge of Harlem, where he learned what it meant to be cool from the guys on the streets who had “a little more smoothness about them.” After first appearing on Broadway as a boy, he went to school for painting, something he’s done regularly and to much acclaim throughout his acting career. Though, he admits, he doesn’t paint as much as he should these days.

What haven’t diminished at age 82 are his style, his confidence, and his effortless charm. In a simple tan button-up, with his hair slicked back, Williams continues his analysis of cool: “And you see I say ‘himself’ and ‘herself,’ because I also see myself as feminine as well as masculine. I’m a very soft person. I’m not afraid to show that side of myself.”

When I point out that Donald Glover talked about that type of gender fluidity when playing a young Lando in 2018’s Solo, Williams lights up. “Really? That kid is brilliant—just look at those videos,” he says, referencing Glover’s “This Is America” (as Childish Gambino).


Although he will forever be known as Lando, Williams is proudest of his Emmy-nominated performance as Gale Sayers in the 1971 TV movie Brian’s Song. “It was a love story, really. Between two guys. Without sex. It ended up being a kind of breakthrough in terms of racial division,” he tells me. The same could be said about his portrayal of Lando in 1980’s The Empire Strikes Back, which marked the inclusion of a complex black character in a genre that was—and remains—notoriously white. In fact, over the summer, when he was at Disney’s D23 Expo in support of the upcoming Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker (for which he is reprising his iconic role), he hung out with the Rock and Jamie Foxx, both of whom said their careers are indebted to Lando. “The Rock calls me the OG,” Williams says. “What I presented on that screen people didn’t expect to see. And I deliberately presented something that nobody had experienced before: a romantic brown-skinned boy.”

J. J. Abrams, who is directing the conclusion to the Skywalker saga, told me via email that Williams’s charisma and charm are unmatched. While Abrams says he can’t begin to imagine what it must have been like for people of color to see a character like Lando onscreen in 1980, he recognizes Williams’s place in film history. “Lando was always written as a complex, contradictory, nuanced character. And Billy Dee played him to suave perfection,” Abrams says. “It wasn’t just that people of color were seeing themselves represented; they were seeing themselves represented in a rich, wonderful, intriguing way. Also, he has the best smile in Hollywood.”


Before he was even cast, Williams was a fan of George Lucas, beginning with 1971’s THX 1138. And director Irvin Kershner thought the actor had the right style for Lando, so Williams didn’t even have to audition for Empire. “He knew I could pull off someone who was likable and charming. The most interesting characters are those who are dubious . . . but you want the audience to really fall in love with them,” Williams tells me. (For the record, he understands why Lando had to double-cross Han and Leia. “He was up against Darth Vader. I don’t blame him for what he did.”) Kershner went to Williams’s house to persuade him to be in the film; it didn’t take much, the actor says, to get him to appear in one of the most anticipated sequels of all time. On set, he befriended costars Carrie Fisher (who he says had a brilliant mind) and Harrison Ford (whom he still considers a dear friend), and he avoided workplace gossip. “As far as I’m concerned, I mean, I don’t care what people are—if they’re fucking each other and they’re sucking each other, whatever they’re doing, that’s fine with me. I don’t care,” he says of Fisher and Ford’s romance, as described in her memoir.

If they’re fucking each other and they’re sucking each other …that’s fine with me.

Now, for the first time since 1983’s Return of the Jedi, he’ll play Lando once again. Between Jedi and the events of the new trilogy, Williams says, “I always imagined Lando being like Steve Wynn, running Las Vegas. Because he’s a gambler. But he was a bit of a showman, a bit of an entrepreneur. That’s how I see Lando. I never necessarily saw him as a general running around shooting things.”

We don’t know exactly what’s behind Lando’s return to the franchise, but trailers show the hero back in the cockpit of the Millennium Falcon. Stepping onto that set again, Williams says, was cool—but also work. “You’re bringing something that helps move the vision that the director or producer or writer is looking for. I’m there not only for myself, but I’m there to help them bring their project to life in a way that they’re looking for.”

He admired the atmosphere Abrams (or the young mogul, as Williams calls him) created on set. “At the end of the day, there’s music that’s turned on. Everybody’s dancing and singing,” Williams says, reminding me that he once played himself in an episode of Lost. His only worry in returning to the iconic character was that he still had the fire to bring a powerful performance to the conclusion of the saga, “Do I have that same hunger, excitement, that I had years earlier?,” Williams asked himself. “This is a very difficult time for me, as far as age is concerned. When you get to be a certain age, whether you want to think about mortality or not, you think about it.”

When our food finally comes, Williams takes a bite of the chicken Kiev he remembered so fondly from his younger days, and makes a comment that could work as a good thesis statement for our entire conversation, or the nature of nostalgia like Star Wars taking hold of this moment in popular culture: “An original moment is tricky. Because you’re really trying to recall or remember your palate, your sensibility, trying to recapture something that happened a long time ago,” he tells me. “And when you anticipate it, you think you’re going to be in that moment. I’m right at that moment. So what I’m tasting is not that moment. I’m tasting this moment. And I’m happy about this moment but it’s not what I remember.”

In preparation for his return to Star Wars, Williams went on a strict healthy diet, and shared videos of himself training in a boxing gym. “When I have to go to work, my ego tells me I want to look pretty good. I don’t want to look bad. I don’t want to look like a slob,” he says, even though none of these have been adjectives ever associated with Billy Dee Williams. But, he hopes the videos of himself training serve as a reminder that people his age are capable of taking care of themselves, that there’s a way to go through later years of life happy and healthy.

Having built his career playing pivotal examples of TV and film diversity, Williams is well aware of what the new trilogy’s young leads went through—namely, racism and sexism from online trolls—when they were launched into the spotlight. “You’re always going to have people making stupid comments,” he says. “One deals with indignities all the time. Do you sit around with vengeance in your soul? You can’t do that. I’m not forcing people to listen to my point of view, but if I can present it in some creative fashion—I’m the painter, tweaking, adding, contributing, putting in something that you haven’t thought about, maybe.”

Thinking about struggles in the world around him, Williams mentions his encounter with Donald Trump at an event in the ’80s: “He was very charming. And very good at being charming. You know the story of Narcissus? Who looked at himself in the water, fell in love with himself, and then fell in and drowned? I mean, this might be one of those kinds of things.”

As for what’s next, Williams is writing a memoir. And he also has a collection of 300 paintings that he says is his legacy.


So is this the end of Lando? Williams says he doesn’t know exactly how the story ends for his hero. He loved the scripts he read, he’s proud of the work he did, but, “another thing about movies, there’s a lot of editing and cutting,” he says, laughing as he eats a cup of passion-fruit sorbet with a shot of vodka poured on top. For me: a double espresso with Grand Marnier that he insisted I try (I didn’t sleep that night).

By this time, we’re both warm from the hours of drinking—I’m astonished I was able to keep up with Billy Dee Williams, even if he’s 82 years old. And before he says goodbye, he wants to sign one more autograph in a long day of doing just that. He realizes that during the shoot and convention, where everyone was clamoring for his name, written by his own hand on a piece of paper, I never asked for one. That’s not my style, I tell him, this dinner and story is memento enough. He grabs my notebook that I haven’t opened once during dinner, signs his name with the note, “Nothing but the truth.” And he gives me a hug.

Back to the question at hand though: Is this the end for Lando Calrissian? Williams has an answer in his own wry way.

“It’s a conclusion—certainly it depends on how much money is generated. That’s when they determine where’s the conclusion,” he says with a wink. “The one thing about show business, you can resurrect anything.”

NHS nurse, 35, killed herself after the stress of working 12-hour hospital shifts stopped her from settling down to have a family, inquest hears


  • Nurse Leona Goddard, 35, hanged herself at family home in Greater Manchester
  • Worked at mental health unit at Prestwich Hospital and was recently promoted
  • Ms Goddard had seen GP before death and said she ‘had nightmares about work’
  • For confidential support call the Samaritans on 116123 or visit a local Samaritans branch, see for details.


A dedicated NHS mental health nurse killed herself after the stress of working 12 hour hospital shifts stopped her from settling down, an inquest has heard.

Leona Goddard, 35, wanted to have a family but struggled to have a social life after being landed with unpredictable work hours and extra responsibilities.

Although colleagues at Prestwich Hospital in Manchester rated her as ‘outstanding’ Miss Goddard developed low self esteem due to the long hours.

Ms Goddard was found hanged at her family home by mother Corrine Goodridge on October 3 2018, just six months after she got a promotion.

A hand written note across two pages of A4 paper detailed her ‘negative feelings, a downward spiral and feelings of self loathing.’

The inquest was told Miss Goddard had wanted to work as an occupational therapist but studied nursing and psychology and graduated at Manchester university in 2012.

A college friend Danielle Hinds said: ‘Although she finished the course she never actually enjoyed the role. She felt trapped by qualifications and experience.

‘Leona struggled with shifts she was given and found it difficult to maintain a social life around them.

The NHS mental health nurse was rated ‘outstanding’ by her colleagues but was struggling with the pressures of her demanding schedule and new role after receiving a promotion


‘She was saving money for a house deposit and she was looking for a home she wanted to live in but didn’t find anything and it was difficult for her to carry out her search because of shifts she was assigned to.

‘Over the years we had a few conversations and when she felt at her worst she would make flippant jokes about pills and wine being her way out.’

A doctor’s reporter was read to the hearing which said that Miss Goddard had been to see her GP in the weeks leading up to her death.

She said she felt ‘unsupported’ and ‘had nightmares about work’ and was offered anti depressants but she refused saying if work ‘got sorted out she would feel better.’


Claire Hilton, a ward manager at Prestwich hospital, pictured, said: ‘Leona was promoted to senior staff nurse in June 2018. She was really valued. We have nothing but fond memories’


Ms Goddard’s ex-boyfriend Peter Schaffer, who ended their relationship a week before her death, also spoke at the inquest.

He said: ‘Leona had a wish to have children one day and start a family of her own and no doubt she would have been a great mother.

‘But when she was working for the NHS, there was changing shift patterns and she felt frustration at the unpredictability of shifts.

‘A new position was offered to give her new skills and responsibilities. She did want to stay in mental health and the NHS, but in a capacity that would give her more of a social life.

‘The only reason she stayed in the job that was not healthy for her was a light at the end of the tunnel. There were many difficulties when she started in the new position and she was left increasing amount of responsibilities, workload, absence of training – and not long after she was signed off work.

‘We had long conversations to try to help her to find other opportunities but over the weeks communication was deteriorating and I ended the relationship.


Ms Goddard had visited her GP before her death and revealed  she felt ‘unsupported’ and ‘had nightmares about work’


‘She was upset and my intention was to give her space and then have a conversation about it. But tragically she took her own life a week later and that never materialised.’

Claire Hilton, a ward manager in charge of drug and alcohol issues at Prestwich hospital said: ‘Leona started in June 2016 and was promoted to senior staff nurse in June 2018.

‘She was very capable and on August 16 and 17 performed as the duty manager. It was a very challenging time and we did speak after this.

‘Both of us felt she was struggling in a lack of confidence in her own capabilities – although it was not justified. She was more than capable.


‘On September 7, I received a call from Leona that she had seen her GP. Her mood was low and she was feeling anxious she was signed off for two weeks.

‘She phoned in September 20 but was not ready to come back and I anticipated another sick note. On the Monday I got a text asking if I was working and if free to meet that day.

‘She said she felt low and had not been out of bed for a week beforehand. Her death was a shock for colleagues and patients.

‘She was really valued, rated as outstanding and we had started a memory book with pictures and recollections for her family. We have nothing but fond memories for Leona.’

While work colleague Sianne Donovan said: ‘Leona’s job pattern and shifts were a big factor in her unhappiness even before she got the promotion.

‘She definitely felt unsupported and many times I told her to leave and find something else. She was looking for other jobs when she called me and was signed off when she definitely needed some rest.

‘When Leona split with her boyfriend had never heard her so upset. I encouraged her to get some air but she didn’t want anybody to see her crying.’

Leona’s mother Corrine Goodridge said: ‘The job at Prestwich involved her treating patients with drug and alcohol issues.

‘She got a promotion six months before her death but I think she was in two minds about it and I was not sure she was feeling positive about it.


Recording a conclusion of suicide coroner Angharad Davis said it was ‘absolutely tragic’ that Leona, pictured, ‘didn’t recognise what a wonderful person she was’


‘The shift work in particular got her down as she did a 12 hour shift. Leona had not had any long term steady relationship and the most recent one ended by text message.

‘Despite the fact Leona might have been stressed at work none of us fully realised she was feeling depressed and sad. Her death has affected the whole family deeply all miss her, asking why this happened.’

Police coroners officer Marie Logan said: ‘Sadly Leona seems to have been suffering from low self esteem and depression and had been off sick at work.

‘She had difficulties coping with her recent promotion she had but these feelings were born out of her – rather than by other people.

‘She was seen as very much a clever, caring and very competent nurse and her colleagues felt the promotions as justified as she was more than capable.

‘Leona’s feelings were entirely about herself. The note she left indicated depression and low mood and things she felt she needed to do to get her life on track.

Recording a conclusion of suicide coroner Angharad Davis said: ‘Leona worked as a nurse in alcohol rehabilitation and recently been promoted to team manager.

‘Colleagues describe her as a bright, clever, caring nurse but it is clear from the evidence that the job role was causing Leona stress because of the difficulties working and the stress of the job itself.

‘Also Leona did not share the same views of herself as the colleagues had of her.

‘Have considered all the evidence read and heard it seems that Leona was under a great deal of stress going on for a long time. She had very low self esteem and did not recognise in herself the person that everybody else saw.

‘She was a young women who made a career helping people who were in trouble. It’s absolutely tragic that she didn’t recognise what a wonderful person she was.’

For confidential support call the Samaritans on 116123 or visit a local Samaritans branch, see for details. 


Full deposition naming Omar also names Sarsour and Kushner as Qatari assets

“We recruited both, Republicans and Democrats, but that’s not good enough. We want to rule the White House,” the Qataris allegedly said.

438868Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) participates in a news conference outside the U.S. Capitol in Washington, US, April 10, 2019

(photo credit: JIM BOURG/ REUTERS)

Explosive testimony given in a Florida court, naming Ilhan Omar as a Qatari asset, also implicated a number of other prominent American citizens, including political activist Linda Sarsour and senior advisor to United States President Donald Trump, Jared Kushner.

Yesterday, the Jerusalem Post reported on court testimony given by Canadian businessman Alan Bender in the trial of Sheikh Khalid bin Hamad al-Thani, who stands accused of ordering his American bodyguard to murder two people.

Bender told the court that Omar had been recruited by Qatar and had also pledged allegiance to Turkey’s President Erdogan. Speaking to the Post earlier today, Bender confirmed that the report was an accurate representation of what was said in court.

Now the Jerusalem Post can reveal:

– That, according to Bender, Qatar aimed to ‘take down’ Imam Tawhidi, known as the Imam of Peace, for his criticism of Omar, using their contacts in American newspapers to write smear stories that would lead to legal charges against the Imam.

– That Qatar’s alleged assets include politicians on both sides of the House, and journalists.

– And that Senior Advisor to the President of the United States Jared Kushner is also alleged to have taken money from Qatar.

In testimony given in the Florida court, a copy of which was sent to the Jerusalem Post, in which Bender said of Omar:

“They called her Sister Ilhan, which is a term you only use when you’re a member of the Muslim Brotherhood. So Abdullah al-Athbah, he refers to Ilhan Omar as Sister Ilhan, and Sister Linda, which is Linda Sarsour, another activist who is now going to run for Senate.

“Somebody recommended her to the Qataris. They had several names, several options to pick from, to appoint – ‘they call her winning the elections is an appointment.'”

Omar was chosen, Bender said, because her father had a history of carrying out “very violent interrogations,” as a high ranking officer in the Somalian army,” and they thought that would be very suitable because the more dirt you have on your candidate, the easier it is to control the candidate.”

She also had other perceived weaknesses. Bender said he questioned why a devout Muslim such as Omar would take bribes, only to be told, “don’t be fooled by her head scarf. She’s a sex maniac, and she’s very weak when it comes to money and sex. And we got both.”

The claims are being supported by London-based Kuwaiti activist Abdullah al-Saleh, who on Tuesday evening tweeted: “My name is Dr. Abdullah al-Saleh and I was the guest of the Qatari government and Prime Minister for 6 months. I learned of their operations in the West and can testify and confirm that everything Alan Bender said in his deposition regarding Rep. Ilhan Omar and Qatar is true.”

Mr al-Saleh, who has a following of 123,000 people on Twitter, sent the Posta photograph of himself posing with members of the Qatari royal family to support his claim.

Abdullah al-Saleh poses with members of the Qatari royal family (Photo credit: supplied)

Indeed, so “obedient” was Omar, according to Bender, that the Qataris “wanted to make sure that nobody can go after her reputation… and that’s how they brought up the name of Imam Tawhidi… A social activist who was exposing a lot of that.”

The Qataris, Bender said, asked “if I could arrange for a lawsuit against Tawhidi that it will allow Ilhan Omar to capitalize on and sue him for defamation of character.

“Their plan was to drum up information about Imam Tawhidi that are not true … and then turn it into a media report in one of the prominent newspapers in the US. And then that turns into a possible lawsuit, which they asked me if I’m willing to sponsor the legal action part.”

Imam of Peace


The Government of Qatar hired a NY based lawyer to demand that Twitter delete my tweets and suspend me for exposing their dirty deals in Congress and the mainstream media.

The following is my/my lawyer’s response to Twitter, read for yourselves and see how dodgy Qatar operates.

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However, Omar was not the only prominent American named in the Bender testimony.

“They [the Qataris] said: ‘We recruited both, Republicans and Democrats, but that’s not good enough. We want to rule the White House.’ So they will,” he told the court.

Indeed, if Bender’s testimony is accurate, they are already close.

Explaining that Qatar uses western companies to effectively launder money they paid to American citizens, Bender cited a $1.4 billion payment which he claims was passed to Jared Kushner from Qatar, via a Canadian company named Brookfield, which they have invested heavily in.

Despite knowing that it was a failing investment, Qatar leaned on Brookfield to buy 666 Fifth Avenue from Kushner, to write off his debts.

“Why didn’t they pay Kusher directly?” the lawyer for the plaintiffs, Ms. Castenda, asked.

“Too risky,” Bender replied.

“Jared Kushner approached the government of Qatar for a bailout of 666 Fifth Avenue?” Castenda clarified.

“Correct. That’s what they told me. … And they did it. And Kushner is happy with them because, according to them, I don’t know Kushner personally, but the Qataris said Kushner told them: ‘Choose one of two. You pay what I tell you to pay, or I unleash my dogs.'”

“The dogs being who?” she asked.

“Saudi Arabia and the UAE,” Bender replied.

The Qataris were aware that as an investment the pay-off was a write-off, but told Bender, “‘We just paid it to pay off his debt. And as long as he’s in the White House, we have to do what he wants until we control the White House.’ We as in Qatar,” Bender clarified.

The Jerusalem Post has reached out to Mr Kushner’s office for a response. However, no comment has been received as of yet.

Among other claims made by Mr. Bender were that:

– The real power in Qatar is Mohammed Al-Masnad, known as ‘the CEO.’ “After a couple of hours, I was convinced that the Emir of Qatar does not run the show and Mohammed Al-Masnad is in charge of everything. He is also the Emir’s uncle. […] And the Emir’s mother is the real king of Qatar.”

– The second most powerful man in Qatar is a Palestinian, Azmi Bishara.

– That Jamal Khashoggi was set up by Qatar to be killed by the Saudis after he was found to have been “playing both sides.” “Jamal Khashoggi and Prince Al-Waleed bin Talal were very close friends,” Bender said. “[Khashoggi] would receive sensitive secrets … and he leaks them to the Qataris. The Qataris would leak them to media outlets … and he was a member of the Muslim Brotherhood. I got that confirmation from the Qatari officials.”

– His Qatari contacts claimed that “they [Qatar] finance almost 99 percent of Saudi dissidents in the US and the UK. They pay them.” Bender named Ghanem al-Dosari, a well known YouTuber, as one such individual.

– Three Italians, known as ‘the engineers’ were paid by Qatar to hack the accounts of Saudi Arabian and the United Arab Emirates’s citizens. “E-mails, text messages, regular phone calls, laptops. Anything you can think of. They hacked into all that.”
– American officials are the cheapest to recruit. “British officials, they demand millions to be recruited. American politicians, some of them accept $50,000.”

– The Qataris refer to Trump as “the orange man,” and to Kushner as the “descendant of pigs and apes,” because he is Jewish. “And they refer to other American Senators and Congressmen who are Christians as ‘Crusaders’.”