Muslim man's marriage implodes after posing as Jewish to marry woman

Muslim man’s marriage implodes after his father-in-law discovered he’d posed as an Orthodox Jew to marry his daughter: Spurned spouse says he’d previously tried to convert to Judaism but was rejected, and sparked FBI probe by posing as NSA agent

  • Eliyah Hawila, 23, whose real name is Ali Hassan Hawila, was born in Lebanon
  • Despite growing up in a Muslim household, he claims he wanted to be Jewish
  • Upon moving to the U.S. he learned Hebrew and appeared to be a religious Jew
  • Hawila married ‘Sally’, a Jewish woman of Syrian descent living in Brooklyn
  • She became suspicious after finding Hawila’s Lebanese passport
  • Upon being confronted about why his name read Ali Hassan Hawila, he concocted a story that he was an NSA agent on a mission
  • Sally’s parents stepped in and called the FBI and pulled their daughter away
  • Hawila is now speaking out apologizing for the scam professing love for his wife
  • A Muslim man sparked an FBI probe after posing as an Orthodox Jew to get married, then claiming he was an NSA worker after being busted by his family.

    Eliyah Hawila, 23, whose real name is Ali Hassan Hawila and who hails from Lebanon, struck up an online relationship with Sally, a Jewish woman of Syrian descent who lives in Brooklyn, ニューヨーク.

    In what appears to be a lovestruck moment of madness, Haliwa went on to fabricate an entire backstory relating to his non-existent Jewish roots after his new bride became suspicious about his past.

    He says he became obsessed with the Jewish religion during his lonely teenage years in the Lebanese countryside, and that he’d tried to convert, only to be rejected by a synagogue.

    Upon uncovering the deception, Sally's parents stepped in, called the FBI and pulled their daughter away from her husband

    Upon uncovering the deception, Sally’s parents stepped in, called the FBI and pulled their daughter away from her husband

    Eliyah Hawila, 23,  左, whose real name is Ali Hassan Hawila and who hails from Lebanon, struck up a relationship online with a Jewish woman of Syrian descent, サリー, seen right, who lived in Brooklyn, ニューヨーク. Hawila, who was born Muslim, pretended he was Jewish

    Eliyah Hawila, 23, 左, whose real name is Ali Hassan Hawila and who hails from Lebanon, struck up a relationship online with a Jewish woman of Syrian descent, サリー, seen right, who lived in Brooklyn, ニューヨーク. Hawila, who was born Muslim, pretended he was Jewish

    Hawila is now speaking out about his story, apologizing for his lies, professing love for his wife

    Hawila is now speaking out about his story, apologizing for his lies, professing love for his wife

    Hawila was in fact from the southern Lebanon town of Tyre and was born into a Shi’ite Muslim household.

    But none of this was mentioned as the couple’s relationship developed and deepened.

    Hawila went as far as to learn Hebrew in order to recite Jewish prayers as well as signing up to a local Chabad community center at Texas A & M University in College Station, テキサス, where he could study the Torah.

    He also alluded to his Jewish heritage with his lineage containing fake Ashkenazic names including Meyer Lansky, the name of a former Jewish gangster.

    Hawila and Sally eventually wed at a ceremony in New York, but a few weeks after taking their vows, she became suspicious of her husband’s background upon discovering his Lebanese passport that displayed his Arabic name.

    Sally immediately told her friends and family who in turn contacted authorities. She is now said to be living in a safe house.

    Upon moving to the U.S. Hawila learned Hebrew and appeared to be a devout religious Jew

    Upon moving to the U.S. Hawila learned Hebrew and appeared to be a devout religious Jew

    Hawila has shared wedding video which purports to show a couple having fun and in love

    Hawila has shared wedding video which purports to show a couple having fun and in love

    The FBI is now investigating not just the alleged deception but Hawila’s claims that he worked as an agent for the NSA and even produced a ‘fake latterfrom coworkers at the agency to prove his employment.

    The US Department of Homeland Security is also examining, together with the Israeli consulate in New York, the possibility the man came into the country illegally.

    They say there is no suggestion he was involved in any terrorist behavior.

    ‘My lying is not justified, but at the same time, I lied because I was in pain, but I want to correct my mistake. I want them to understand where my pain is coming from,’ Hawila said to the タイムズオブイスラエル.

    ‘Things started coming out and the rumors started and they took her away from me, they separated her away from me,’ he said through tears.

    Hawila said that his connection to Judaism is not fleeting and had actually begun while he was living with his family in Lebanon as a young boy.

    ‘This is what I belong to, this is how I feel connected, so I started coming out to people, and saying ‘I’m Jewish.People started spitting on me in the streets, I started getting death threats.

    None of Hawila's family attended his wedding which only deepened suspicion over his background

    None of Hawila’s family attended his wedding which only deepened suspicion over his background

    Hawila claims his family eventually moved to the U.S. legally and he began searching for synagogues in the area, initially hoping to convert from Islam.

    ‘When I got rejected I started just saying I’m Jewish. My name is Eliyah, and this is the name I chose for myself because I love the story of the prophet Elijah.

    After studying engineering at Texas A&M he became active in Jewish and pro-Israel organizations with nobody expressing any doubts over his Middle Eastern background.

    ‘I still said I came from Lebanon because, ええと, I read a lot about the Lebanese Jewish community and I was impressed by it.

    Hawila said he claimed to be an NSA agent after being confronted by his wife about his Lebanese passport and Arabic name, 写真

    Hawila said he claimed to be an NSA agent after being confronted by his wife about his Lebanese passport and Arabic name, 写真

    Hawila said he claimed to be an NSA agent after being confronted by his wife about his Lebanese passport and Arabic name.

    ‘When she saw the ID, I had to make something up, so I told her, あのね, this is an NSA ID, that I’m on a mission, things like that, I just made something up,’ he began.

    ‘Time passes and I met with her parents and I told them the same story. But her parents, they just inspect everything,’ 彼が追加した.

    ‘Her father began googling my last name until he reaches my father who tells him stuff about me, それ: “番号, he’s not Jewish, he’s not this, he’s not that.”‘

    ‘So I started making even more stuff up, 私はパニックになりました, and they took her away from me, they separated her away from me,’ 彼は言った.

    The FBI became involved after there were suspicions aroused that he could be working for a terrorist group set to infiltrate the Jewish community. Hezbollah has its headquarters in southern Lebanon.

    ‘When the FBI agent came to my place, 私は言った: “Sir I give you my permission to spy on all my phone calls, I am not affiliated with anybody.”‘

    Hawila was in fact from the southern Lebanon town of Tyre and was born into a Shi'ite Muslim household. He is pictured before he 'became Jewish' and moved to the U.S.

    Hawila was in fact from the southern Lebanon town of Tyre and was born into a Shi’ite Muslim household. He is pictured before he ‘became Jewishand moved to the U.S.

    The FBI have so far found nothing to suggest he was involved in terror-related activities or falsified any documents.

    Hawila also says he never meant to hurt his wife, サリー, but the two are now living apart.

    ‘If she wants to give me a second chance, she can give me a second chance, If she doesn’t want to, I still can’t blame her. But I want her to know she is the love of my life,’ Hawila said.

    Rabbi Yossi Lazaroff of the Jewish Student Center at Texas A&M University where Hawila used to spend time while on campus, has now distanced himself over the entire episode, despite attending his religious Jewish wedding.

    ‘This is an unfortunate case of a confused youth who struck up a virtual relationship with a member of the Syrian Jewish community who was mortified to discover after her marriage that he was not Jewish,’ Rabbi Lazaroff wrote in a statement.

    ‘A Chabad rabbi in Texas was asked by the officiating rabbi to walk the groom to the Chupah since he did not have any close relatives in the US.

    ‘We were clearly all misled about his identity. Our hearts go out to this woman, her family and everyone else deceived by this individual here in Texas and in New York and New Jersey.

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