The meat cleaver terrorist who hacked an off-duty cop is a Palestinian busted two months ago while screaming in Arabic outside a Brooklyn synagogue.

Muslim terrorist Akram Joudeh was only in New York for Thursday’s Midtown rampage because he was appealing a deportation notice — with a hearing set for Oct. 14, a high-ranking NYPD source told the Daily News.

Cops found two knives inside Joudeh’s car after answering the July report of an erratic man on Shore Parkway in Brooklyn shout “Allahu Akbar!”.

But the source said investigations by the NYPD and FBI showed Joudeh, 32, was emotionally disturbed and not a terrorist threat.

Joudeh was selling perfume out of his illegally parked car Thursday near Madison Square Garden when he attacked NYPD Detective Brian O’Donnell on a W. 32nd St. sidewalk, cops said.

The 16-year police veteran left a Manhattan hospital Friday sporting a blue NYPD windbreaker and a raw red gash on his cheek.

O’Donnell was cheered by an assortment of fellow cops, doctors and family members as he exited Bellevue Hospital one day after he was gashed by the Muslim terrorist with an 11-inch blade.

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The detective’s left hand and wrist were heavily bandaged from injuries suffered in his Thursday scuffle with Joudeh, police said.

O’Donnell was sliced after he tackled Joudeh, who had just climbed atop the front grill of a responding NYPD squad car, police said.

Cops shot the terrorist six times after he ignored repeated calls to drop the cleaver, police said.

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