Man charged with threatening Fargo synagogue

| September 1, 2013

FARGO – A man is facing federal civil rights and threats charges after officials at the Department of Justice said he called the synagogue here and left a message suggesting he was affiliated with Hamas and claiming Islamic Jihad against the head of the synagogue.

Dominique Jason Flanigan, 41, of Fargo, also known as Kadafi Al Sadar, was arraigned Monday on two counts of transmitting threatening communications and one count of interference with a federally protected activity, the highest count of which is a felony, according to court documents.

Flanigan was arrested and is being held in the Cass County jail.

A grand jury indicted Flanigan on Dec. 12 for leaving a voicemail message at the synagogue in Fargo that allegedly threatened its employees because of their religion, according to a news release from acting assistant attorney general for the Civil Rights Division Jocelyn Samuels and Timothy Purdon, U.S. attorney for North Dakota.

The recently unsealed indictment alleges Flanigan called Temple Beth El on Jan. 4, 2011, and said, “Yeah, I want to send a special message to the head of this synagogue. When I come back to Fargo, I’ll make sure you my number one list to come visit. I got a special package from Gaza I want to deliver to you from Hamas (profanity.) See about it (profanity), Islamic Jihad online.”

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