DEARBORN – Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy filed threat of terrorism charges, which is up to 20 years in prison, and malicious use of a telecommunications device, which is a misdemeanor, against a Farmington Hills man after he posted a threat online inviting people to “hunt Palestinians” in the wake of the Israeli war on the Gaza Strip.
On Thursday, Police arrested Carl David Mintz after he published the threat on Facebook, directing it toward residents in Dearborn. He was arraigned over the weekend on charges of threat of terrorism and a misdemeanor count of malicious use of a device.
Dearborn Police said in an update on Twitter they identified the individual after an anonymous tip was shared with the department on Oct. 11.
Mintz received a bond of $500,000 case surety with no 10 percent. In exchange for his bond agreement, he was assigned a GPS tether device and was banned from possessing weapons and using the Internet.
A probable cause was scheduled for later this month.
Mintz has a history of inciting hateful, violent speech and has a YouTube channel inciting anger and hatred towards Muslims and Arabs. He organized and chaired the Michigan chapter of the Jewish Defense League (JDL) where he declares, “Islam is a cult. It is a threat. It is a threat to all Judeo-Christian nations.” And he declares “Islam is the enemy.”
The Jewish Defense League is a radical organization that preaches Jewish nationalism and violence against Arabs and Muslims. Its late founder, Rabbi Meir Kahane, claimed that “Jews face fierce Anti-Semitism domestically and abroad and must protect themselves by any means necessary [….] The JDL’s position with regard to Israel is denial of any Palestinian claims to land and the calling for the removal of all Arabs from the ‘Jewish-inherited soil.'”
The group has orchestrated countless terrorist attacks in the U.S. and abroad, and has engaged in intense harassment of foreign diplomats, Muslims, Jewish scholars, community leaders and officials.
The charges come amid strife in Israel and the Gaza Strip. Officials in Southeast Michigan have decried threats of violence that have since been directed toward Palestinians.
Dearborn Mayor Abdullah Hammoud issued the following statement on Thursday:
“As a city, it is our duty to protect the safety and prosperity of the 100,000-plus residents who call Dearborn home. I am grateful for the swift response of the Dearborn Police to investigate this threat against the public safety of our community.
“Threats of violence against our community will not be tolerated. We are pleased to see that the charges filed this weekend reflect the severity of the message of hate that this individual chose to post online last week.
“For over a century, Metro Detroit has been home to a strong interfaith tapestry formed by decades of fellowship among neighbors of Jewish, Islamic, Christian and other faiths. We will not allow the disheartening actions of one individual to break the bonds of our longstanding relationships with one another.”