The FBI said Thursday that it had received credible information about a “widespread” threat to synagogues in New Jersey.
The FBI’s Newark office issued a statement urging synagogues to “take all security precautions to protect their community and facility.”
one in TweetThe agency said it would “share more information as soon as possible,” and asked residents to remain vigilant.
A law enforcement official said the alert was posted after officers discovered an online threat directed widely at gatherings in New Jersey. The official said the posting, however, did not target a specific synagogue by name. Officials could not discuss the details of the investigation publicly and spoke to the Associated Press on condition of anonymity.
More specific details were not released, and a message was left with the FBI in Newark.
one in TweetThe New York Police Department said it was aware of the threats and was working with the Joint Terrorism Task Force and the FBI “to ensure the safety and well-being of every area that includes our Jewish citizens and synagogues here in New York City and Tri- state territory.”
The American Jewish Committee said it was “deeply concerned” by the FBI’s reports.
“Our thoughts are with the local Jewish community at this time. We will continue to monitor the situation as it develops,” AJC tweeted,
In Jersey City, Mayor Steven Fulop said police would be deployed to the city’s seven synagogues and added foot patrols to the wider Jewish community. In 2019, two attackers fueled by anti-Semitic hatred killed three people at a kosher market in Jersey City along with a police officer.
Police officers armed with rifles guard a synagogue in a town in Hoboken, where the Director of Public Safety also announced increased patrols in Jewish communities.
Five years ago, two New Jersey men were sentenced to 35 years in prison after pleading guilty to a series of attacks in 2012 that included setting two synagogues on fire. He even threw a Molotov cocktail at a rabbi’s house while he slept with his wife and children.
Democratic Rep. Josh Gottheimer, whose district includes the part of northern New Jersey affected by those attacks, said in a statement Thursday that recent comments from Kanye West and social media posts shared by NBA star Kyrie Irving contributed to the problem. Is.
“I am deeply concerned and outraged by today’s warning from the FBI,” Gotheimer said. “This happens recently after years of opposing comments from public figures including Kanye West, Kyrie Irving and others,” he said.