The FBI announced Thursday that it has received credible information about a “broad” threat to synagogues in New Jersey.
The FBI’s Newark office issued a statement urging synagogues to “take all security measures to protect your community and facilities.”
In a tweetthe agency said it would “share more information as soon as possible” and asked residents to remain vigilant.
The alert was issued after officials discovered an online threat widely targeting synagogues in New Jersey, a law enforcement official said. The post, however, did not target any particular synagogue by name, the official said. The official could not publicly discuss details of the investigation and spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity.
More specific details were not released and a message was left for the FBI in Newark.
In a 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 Jewish citizens and our synagogues here in New York and the tri-state area.” states”.
The American Jewish Committee said it was “deeply troubled” by the FBI reports.
“Our thoughts are with the local Jewish community at this time. We will continue to monitor the situation as it develops,” AJC he tweeted.
In Jersey City, Mayor Steven Fulop said police would be stationed at the city’s seven synagogues and foot patrols would be added to the wider Jewish community. In 2019, two assailants motivated by anti-Jewish hatred killed three people at a kosher market in Jersey City, along with a police officer.
Police armed with rifles guarded a synagogue in a city 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 being convicted of a series of attacks in 2012 that included firebombing two synagogues. They also threw a Molotov cocktail at the home of a rabbi as he slept with his wife and children.
Democratic Rep. Josh Gottheimer, whose district includes part of the northern New Jersey area affected by those attacks, said in a statement Thursday that Kanye West’s recent comments and the social media post shared by his star NBA Kyrie Irving contributed to the problem.
“I am deeply concerned and outraged by today’s notice from the FBI,” Gottheimer said. “This comes after years of anti-Semitic comments by public figures, including, most recently, Kanye West, Kyrie Irving and others,” he said.