But he cannot put a pretty face on his murderous intentions and hateful Islamic antisemitism. More on this story. “Al Qaeda’s hardmen: New York terror suspect is wannabe model who worked as MAKE-UP salesman at Saks (and his co-conspirator has a record for kicking a poodle),” from the Daily Mail, May 13 (thanks to all who sent this in):
One of the terror suspects arrested for allegedly planning to attack New York synagogues dressed as a Hasidic Jew used to work as a make-up salesman for Saks Fifth Avenue, it has emerged.
27-year-old Ahmed Ferhani, who quit his job to try to become a male model, was caught with taxi dispatcher Mohammad Mamdouh, 20, on Tuesday night in a dramatic police sting operation as they tried to acquire a fearsome arsenal of weapons from an undercover NYPD officer.
Last night, a clearer picture of the would be terrorists began to emerge as they made their first court appearance.
Manhattan District Attorney Cy Vance Jr. said Ferhani and Moroccan pal Mamdouh were to sneak into ‘a major synagogue in Manhattan’ disguised as Hasidic Jews, complete with ‘peyot’, or side curls, and beards.
He said: ‘He [Ferhani] was committed to violent jihad, and his plan became bigger and more violent with each passing week.’
Mamdouh, of Moroccan descent and Ferhani, of Algerian descent, were arrested late on Tuesday night allegedly trying to buy weapons in exchange for drugs. It was during the sting that one of the suspects confessed to the plot the kill Jews, the court heard.
One of the suspects is a U.S. citizen and the other is a legal resident. Both already had weapons in their possession, police said. […]
Officials described Mamdouh and Ferhani as Islamist extremists bent on killing Jews, but said they were ‘lone wolves’ not connected to any formal group such as Al Qaeda.
‘They did it for Jihad,’ District Attorney Cyrus Vance, the head prosecutor in the case, said.
‘He was fed up with the way Moslems were being treated around the world. “They’re treating us like dogs,”‘ Kelly quoted one defendant as saying.
‘We will blow up the synagogue in Manhattan and take out the entire building,’ Kelly also quoted a suspect as saying.
Ferhani ‘also expressed interest in bombing the Empire State Building,’ according to Kelly….