“We have seen that with an individual we arrested last week in Houston had studied how to build bombs and posted online about his support for killing Jews.”
A federal grand jury indicted Sohaib Abuayyash, a Jordanian Palestinian citizen illegally in the U.S., for possession of a firearm by a prohibited person.
Abuyyash, who came to America on a nonimmigrant visa that expired in 2019, allegedly wanted to attack Jews.
The TikTok video says “airsoft guns,” but that is not true.
Authorities found Abuyyash with “a firearm, namely a Canik, model TP9 Elite SC, 9 mm pistol.”
FBI Director Christopher Wray mentioned Abuayyash in his Senate testimony:
During his testimony on Tuesday before the U.S. Senate Committee on Homeland Security, where he discussed threats to the country, FBI Director Christopher Wray referenced Abuayyash, although he did not use his name.
“We have seen that with an individual we arrested last week in Houston had studied how to build bombs and posted online about his support for killing Jews,” Wray said during his testimony.
He said the most immediate concern to the country is violent extremists who draw inspiration from events in the Middle East and plan attacks on Americans. Wray referred to Abuayyash as one.
But hey. We need to concentrate on Islamophobia according to the Biden administration! You know, not the blatant anti-Semitism plaguing the country because anti-Jews blame Israel for Hamas invading the country, slaughtering thousands and kidnapping hundreds.
Abuayyash entered America on June 2, 2016, on a B2 tourism visa. He left two months later.
Abuyyash returned in June 2019 with a Palestinian passport. He then “applied for an Application for Asylum and for Withholding of Removal, which is still pending,” in January 2020.
In August 2023, the government approved Abuyyash “for an employment authorization in the United States, allowing him to work in the U.S. until August 1, 2025.”
Here’s what charging documents say about the defendant.
- In August, FBI agents saw social media videos of him at a firing range shooting an AR-style rifle and later a handgun. The videos, posted on TikTok and Instagram, prompted a wider investigation and led agents to a pair of Houston-area gun ranges.
- Further investigation linked Abuayyash to “others who share a radical mindset” and determined he had been “conducting physical training, and has trained with weapons to possibly commit an attack,” the charging documents allege.
- Investigators said he has “viewed specific and detailed content posted by radical organizations on the internet including lessons on how to construct bombs or explosive devices; and that Defendant has made statements to others that support the killing of individuals of particular religious faiths.”
- The complaint called the federal probe a “national security investigation.”
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