Man pleads not guilty to tossing firecrackers at synagogue

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Posted: Aug 31, 2015 1:53 PM

PATERSON, N.J. (AP) — A northern New Jersey man has pleaded not guilty to charges that he threw lit firecrackers outside a synagogue while shouting "Allahu akbar." ( ) reports 21-year-old Rizek Musheisen, of Clifton, entered the plea Monday in state Superior Court. He faces two counts of bias intimidation.

Authorities say Musheisen got out of a car in April in front of a Passaic synagogue and lit the firecrackers while yelling the Arabic phrase for "God is great."

Musheisen's attorney, Harley Breite, says his client "is not a racist" and won't consider a plea deal. He remains free on bail.

Breite also questioned why other men in the car, including the driver, weren't charged.


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