NEW YORK Orthodox Jewish legislator getting ISIS-style beheading threats

Rockland County Legislator Aron Wieder said he’s been looking over his shoulder since receiving a threatening picture in which his face is superimposed on an ISIS prisoner about to be beheaded.

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Lohud (h/t TROP)  Legislator Aron Wieder, D-Spring Valley, said the chilling color image, in which his face is superimposed on the body of an ISIS prisoner about to be beheaded, was sent in an envelope postmarked from Monsey to his county office. He opened it while the Legislature was in session Monday, he said. “I opened the letter and I was completely shocked. I literally had shivers running down my spine,” Wieder said.

To anyone who has seen coverage of the recent ISIS beheadings, the image would appear familiar. There is a male body dressed in orange kneeling in a barren landscape before a man shrouded in black. A picture of Wieder’s smiling face is crudely placed over the victim’s head. The legislator’s name also appears in English text below Arabic writing. An ISIS flag flies in the background.

Though evoking the terror tactics of the brutal Islamic State, who sent the image and why remains unclear. Wieder, who said the name written on the envelope was “Moshe Muhammad,” also could not speculate about the image’s sender, but believes the intent is clear.

“It’s meant to intimidate and to shock,” he said. “If it’s someone who is sympathetic toward ISIS or someone who is hateful toward the Orthodox community is no matter. It’s equally disgusting.” In a statement Friday, Rockland County Executive Ed Day called the threat “one of the most vile and despicable renderings” he has seen.

Actual ISIS beheading photos of journalist James Foley
Actual ISIS beheading photos of journalist James Foley

Wieder thanked his colleagues and residents who have expressed their support and concern over the threat. “The message of violence and intimidation that was sent has been met with a sentiment of resolve to apprehend the individual or group responsible for the threat, and a sense of purpose to continue to serve my constituents in office as I have for years,” he said. “This threat will not deter me in any way, nor will it dampen my commitment to advance the best interests of all Rocklanders.”