FBI Says Credible Threat Against Synagogues In New Jersey

In a tweet Thursday afternoon, the FBI in Newark, New Jersey, said it had received “credible information” of a threat against synagogues.

“At this time, we ask that you take all necessary security precautions to protect your community and facility. We will provide more information as soon as possible. Stay alert, and call the police in case of an emergency.”

The agency said in a second tweet that it was taking a “proactive measure” with that warning, while “investigative processes are carried out.”

Phil Murphy, the governor of New Jersey, said he is in touch with the FBI, Homeland Security and Preparedness and the state attorney general.

“We are closely monitoring the situation and are working with local law enforcement to ensure that all houses of worship are protected,” Murphy tweeted.

A rise in antisemitic incidents has been observed in the US over the past few years, with the Anti-Defamation League tracking 2,717 incidents in 2021 compared to 941 incidents in 2015. The ADL said it was working with the FBI to respond to the threat today, and advised synagogues and Jewish organizations to remain alert and calm.

A gunman stormed into a synagogue in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, over four years ago, killing 11 people in the deadliest attack on Jewish people in US history.

On Thursday, the FBI issued a warning amid continued reports of anti-Jewish bigotry across the country, including multiple antisemitic messages that appeared in public spaces in Jacksonville, Florida, over the weekend, and demonstrations that hung banners over a Los Angeles freeway earlier this month showing support for Kanye West’s antisemitic remarks.

Los Angeles officials condemned the incident after pictures showed the group raising their arms in what appeared to be a Nazi salute.

On October 8, West tweeted he was “going death con 3 on Jewish people” and that, “You guys have toyed with me and tried to blackball anyone who opposes your agenda,” without specifying what group he was addressing.

The controversial tweet was removed from Twitter and West’s account was locked. After the controversial tweet, West told Piers Morgan that he was sorry for hurting people but did not regret making the statement.

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