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A Clifton man who allegedly threw lit firecrackers outside a synagogue and yelled "Allahu Akbar" -- an Islamic phrase meaning "God is greater" -- pleaded not guilty Monday to two counts of bias intimidation.

Rizek Musheisen, 21, appeared in Passaic County Superior Court before Judge Scott Bennion.

Police arrested Musheisen in April. He allegedly threw firecrackers outside the Ahavas Israel Synagogue at 181 Van Houten Ave. in Passaic, police there said.


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