Brooklyn, NY – One of the attorneys accused of firebombing a New York Police Department (NYPD) patrol vehicle last month was formerly an intern at a radical anti-Israel organization funded by George Soros.
Human rights attorney Urooj Rahman, 31, and Princeton-educated Pryor Cashman LLP associate Colinford King Mattis, 32, have been federally charged with making or possessing a destructive device, civil disorder, use of a destructive device, arson conspiracy, use of explosives to commit a felony, arson, and use of explosives in connection with the May 30 attack, the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) said in a press release on Friday.
Rahman, a Fordham University law school graduate, took part in a summer internship at Mada Al-Carmel’s Arab Center for Applied Social Research in 2014, Breitbart News reported.
The radical, Israel-based center is heavily financed by Soros via his Open Society Foundations, according to Breitbart News.
As part of her internship, Rahman spent time working with the Palestine Work organization, where she attended “presentations and workshops led by attorneys and human rights advocates, as well as field visits to human rights flashpoints, such as East Jerusalem, Hebron, the Jordan Valley,” Breitbart News reported.
Rahman subsequently penned an article titled, “Witnessing occupation, apartheid and resistance in Palestine/Israel,” in which she discussed her participation in a 40,000-person anti-Israel demonstration against Israeli troops.
“[Israel Defense Force] soldiers provoke violence using tear gas, stun grenades, rubber-coated steel bullets and, often, live ammunition at civilians exercising their free speech,” she wrote, according to Breitbart News.
“What started out as a peaceful demonstration of resistance to the occupation…turned into an all-out clash,” Rahman continued. “Young Palestinians were forced to resort to throwing rocks, their only form of self-defense, as IDF soldiers fired tear gas and skin-penetrating bullets into a peaceful crowd.”
A year after her internship, Rahman likened her experience with the Israeli troops to the “militarized over-policing” in America, Breitbart News reported.
She accused police of targeting minority communities, and alleged that “institutionalized racism” is paving the way for gentrification.
Rahman was recently bailed out of jail by former U.S. intelligence official Salmah Rizvi, who worked for both the Department of Defense and the State Department under former President Barack Obama, The Washington Free Beacon reported.
Rizvi also completed a fellowship through an organization that is financially supported by Soros’ Open Society Foundations, according to Breitbart News.
According to her biography at the Islamic Scholarship Fund, Rizvi’s “high-value work would often inform the President’s Daily Briefs.”
The scholarship fund also awarded Rizvi a law school scholarship that had been sponsored by the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), The Washington Free Beacon reported.
The Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI) severed its ties with CAIR back in 2009, after evidence showed the group was linked to Hamas support networks, according to FOX News.
Rizvi was also awarded a scholarship established by George Soros’ late brother, Paul Soros, The Washington Free Beacon reported.
“Urooj Rahman is my best friend and I am an associate at the law firm Ropes & Gray in Washington, D.C.,” Rizvi told the judge, according to FOX News. “I earn $255,000 a year.”
She agreed to be held liable for Rahman’s $250,000 bail, at which point the judge released Rahman to home confinement, The Washington Free Beacon reported.
Rizvi gushed about Rahman during an interview with the Gothamist, and said they met in 2014 while they were attending separate law schools.
“She’s never promoted violence and she’d never harm another human being,” Rizvi said of Rahman, who was born in Pakistan and immigrated to the U.S. with her parents as a child.
“She’s the best friend anyone can ask for,” Rizvi added. “She’s a compassionate listener and she has an empathetic heart.”
On June 5, just three days after their release, a federal appeals court reversed the decision to release Rahman and Mattis, and they were both taken into custody by the U.S. Marshals, according to the Gothamist.
The May 30 attack occurred outside the NYPD’s 88th Precinct station house just before 1 a.m., and was captured by security cameras, the New York Daily News reported.
The video showed Mattis as he drove up near the police station in a tan-colored 2015 Chrysler Town and Country, according to The New York Times.
Rahman jumped out of the passenger side of the van and made her way over to the parked patrol vehicle, then lit the fuse hanging out of a Bud Light beer bottle and tossed it into the cruiser through a window that had been busted out before their arrival, police said.
The console of the patrol car ignited as the duo sped off in the minivan.
Officers witnessed the incident and immediately chased after the fleeing suspects.
They were pulled over and arrested several blocks away from the station, The New York Times reported.
Investigators found gasoline, toilet paper and a lighter in plain view inside the van.
Rahman has also been accused of handing out incendiary devices to her fellow rioters, according to The Washington Free Beacon.
“Amid largely peaceful demonstrations taking place on the night of May 29, 2020, these defendants allegedly hurled Molotov Cocktails at NYPD vehicles without regard for the potentially deadly consequences,” United States Attorney Richard Donoghue said in a press release. “Such criminal acts should never be confused with legitimate protest. Those who carry out attacks on NYPD Officers or vehicles are not protesters, they are criminals, and they will be treated as such.”