Daily Israel Report

Arab Shouts 'Kill Jews' on Miami Plane

Authorities used stun gun to subdue Mansor Muhammad Asad after he charged at an officer with fists clenched.
By Gil Ronen
First Publish: 1/7/2010, 5:24 PM / Last Update: 1/7/2010, 2:53 PM

Miami-Dade police

An Arab airline passenger in Miami shouted "I want to kill all the Jews!" before police forced him off a Northwest Airlines plane in Florida Wednesday night, the Associated Press reported.

The man is named Mansor Muhammad Asad, 43, of Toledo, Ohio, according to a Miami-Dade Police Department statement. He was arrested and charged with threats against a public servant, disorderly conduct and resisting an officer non violently. An FBI spokeswoman said there were no indications that the incident was related to terrorism. The FBI was initially called in to investigate the incident, but is no longer involved in the investigation and sees it as a matter for local authorities.

Authorities used a stun gun to subdue Asad on the jet bridge after he charged at an officer with fists clenched. He reportedly also “chanted in a foreign language” - the report does not elaborate - and threatened officers when they searched him. "I'm not afraid of you cops, I've gotten in fights with cops in Ohio and broke their arms in three places," he reportedly said. "I've broken skulls too!" Witnesses told investigators that Asad was loud, disruptive and claimed to be Palestinian.

The fracas forced the plane, which was taxiing on the runway at Miami International Airport, to turn around.

Officers didn't find any weapons or explosives on Asad, who was reportedly “agitated and aggressive at times.” Police said that alcohol did not appear to be a factor in his behavior.

AP reported that according to the Transportation Security Administration, three of Asad's companions were also taken off the plane and questioned. The flight departed to its planned destination after a search was conducted.

Asad was transported to a Miami-Dade County jail after his arrest.