Muslim man’s marriage implodes after his father-in-law discovered he’d posed as an Orthodox Jew to marry his daughter: Spurned spouse sparked FBI probe by posing as NSA agent to cover his lies

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  • 23-year-old Elijah Havila, whose real name is Ali Hassan Havila, was born in Lebanon
  • Despite growing up in a Muslim household, he claims he wanted to be a Jew
  • On moving to America, he learned Hebrew and appeared to be a religious Jew
  • Havila marries ‘Sally’, a Jewish woman of Syrian origin who lives in Brooklyn
  • Howila suspicious of getting Lebanese passport
  • When asked about why his name was read as Ali Hassan Havila, he fabricated a story that he was an NSA agent on a mission.
  • Sally’s parents stepped in and called the FBI and dragged their daughter away.
  • Havila now talks about apologizing for scandal involving love for his wife

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An FBI investigation was launched after a Muslim man posing as an Orthodox Jew to marry, then claimed he was an NSA worker after being busted by his family.

Elijah 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, New York.

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In what appears to be a lovely moment of insanity, Haliva sculpts an entire backstory relating to his non-existent Jewish roots after his new bride becomes suspicious of his past.

He states that he became obsessed with Judaism during his lonely teen years in the Lebanese countryside, and had tried to convert, only to be rejected by a synagogue.

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Elijah 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, New York.

Upon uncovering the deception, Sally's parents step in, call the FBI and drag their daughter away from her husband.

Upon uncovering the deception, Sally’s parents step in, call the FBI and drag their daughter away from her husband.

Havila said that he had long wanted to become a Jew, but his attempts to convert from Islam were rejected by a synagogue.

Havila said that he had long wanted to become a Jew, but his attempts to convert from Islam were rejected by a synagogue.

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

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

Havila was actually from the southern Lebanese city of Tyre and was born into a Shia Muslim household.

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

Havila signed up at a local Chabad community center at Texas A&M University in College Station, Texas, to learn Hebrew to recite Jewish prayers, where he could study the Torah.

He also pointed to his Jewish heritage, which included fake Ashkenazic names in his lineage, including the name of Meyer Lansky, a former Jewish gangster.

Havila and Sally eventually married in a ceremony in New York, but weeks after they took their vows, she became suspicious of her husband’s background upon discovery of his Lebanese passport, which displayed his Arabic name.

Sally immediately told her friends and family who in turn contacted the authorities. It is being told that she is now living in a safe house.

On moving to America, Havila learned Hebrew and appeared to be a devout religious Jew

On moving to America, Havila learned Hebrew and appeared to be a devout religious Jew

Havila shares wedding video, which shows a couple having fun and making love

Havila shares wedding video, which shows a couple having fun and making love

The FBI is now investigating not only the alleged deception, but Havila’s claims that she worked as an agent for the NSA and even asked coworkers at the agency to prove her employment. A ‘fake aftermath’ was also prepared for this.

The US Department of Homeland Security is working with the Israeli consulate in New York to investigate the possibility that the man had entered the country illegally.

They say there is no indication that he was involved in any terrorist act.

‘My lie is not perfect, 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,’ Havila told them Times of Israel.

“Things started coming out and rumors started and they took her away from me, they took her away from me,” she said through tears.

Havila said that his connection to Judaism is not fleeting and actually began when he was living with his family in Lebanon as a young boy.

‘It’s what I belong to, that’s how I feel connected, so I started coming up to people and saying, ‘I’m Jewish.’ People started spitting on me on the streets, I started receiving death threats.’

None of Havila's family attended her wedding, which deepened doubts about her background.

None of Havila’s family attended her wedding, which deepened doubts about her background.

Havila claims that her family eventually moved to America legally and began looking for synagogues in the area, initially hoping to convert to Islam.

‘When I was rejected, I just started saying that I was Jewish. My name is Elijah, and that’s 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-Israeli organizations, with no one doubting his Middle Eastern background.

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

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

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

Havila said he claimed to be an NSA agent after his wife asked him about his Lebanese passport and Arabic name.

‘When he saw the ID, I had to make something, so I told him, you know, it’s an NSA ID, that I’m on a mission, stuff like that, I just made something,’ he began.

‘Time passed and I met his parents and I told them the same story. But his parents, they observe everything,’ he said.

‘His father started Googling my last name until he reached my father, who tells him stuff about me: “No, he’s not Jewish, he’s not, he He is not.”

“So I started making even more stuff, I was panicking, and they took it away from me, they took it away from me,” he said.

The FBI got involved when suspicions arose that he might be working for a terrorist group set to infiltrate the Jewish community. Hezbollah is headquartered in southern Lebanon.

‘When the FBI agent came to my place, I said: “Sir I allow you to spy on all my phone calls, I am not affiliated with anyone.”

Havila was actually from the southern Lebanese city of Tyre and was born into a Shia Muslim household.  He is pictured before 'becoming a Jew' and leaving for America

Havila was actually from the southern Lebanese city of Tyre and was born into a Shia Muslim household. He is pictured before ‘becoming a Jew’ and leaving for America

The FBI has yet to find anything that suggests he was involved in terror-related activities or falsified any documents.

Havila also says that he did not intend to hurt his wife, Sally, but the two are now living separately.

‘If she wants to give me a second chance, she can give me a second chance, even if she doesn’t want to, I can’t blame her. But I want him to know that he is the love of my life,’ Havila said.

Rabbi Yossi Lazaroff of the Jewish Student Center at Texas A&M University, where Hawilla spent time on campus, has now distanced himself from the entire episode, despite attending his religious Jewish wedding.

Rabbi Lazaroff wrote in a statement, “This is the unfortunate case of a confused young man having a virtual relationship with a member of the Syrian Jewish community who after his marriage found out he was not a Jew.”

‘A Chabad rabbi in Texas was asked by the caretaker rabbi to walk the groom to the château because he had no close relatives in America.

‘We were all clearly misled about his identity. Our hearts go out to this woman, her family and everyone who has been betrayed by this person here in Texas and New York and New Jersey.’

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