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The Federal Bureau of Investigation warned Thursday that it was investigating the possibility of threats to New Jersey synagogues.
“The FBI has received credible information of a broad threat to synagogues in N.J.,” the bureau’s Newark office tweeted.
“We ask at this time that you take all security precautions to protect your community and facility. We will share more information as soon as we can. Stay alert. In case of emergency, call police.”
The warning, which came shortly after 3 p.m., was followed by a second tweet stating that the Feds had issued the alert as “a proactive measure” while they continued their investigation. There was no information about the nature of the possible threats or who might be behind them.
The NYPD is aware of the “broad threat to synagogues in New Jersey,” it said in a statement.
“In an abundance of caution, the NYPD’s Intelligence and Counterterrorism Bureaus are working diligently alongside the Joint Terrorism Task Force and the FBI to ensure the safety and well-being of every area that encompasses our Jewish citizens and synagogues here in New York City and the tri-state area,” the department said in a Tweet on Thursday night.
A recent string of disturbing incidents has raised concern that anti-Semitism is entering the mainstream of American life.
Last month, the pop star formerly known as Kanye West, tweeted that he was going to go “Death con 3 on JEWISH PEOPLE,” going on to make further hateful statements.
On Oct. 27, Brooklyn Nets guard Kyrie Irving promoted an anti-Semitic documentary on his social media feed. West, who now goes by the name Ye, has expressed his support for the unapologetic basketball player. Jewish NBA commissioner Adam Silver said he’s “disappointed” by Irving’s handling of the situation.
Also over the weekend, a social media-user who said he took photos of Adolf Hitler figurines inside a New Orleans store posted audio of a conversation with that store’s owner, who tried to justify her merchandising choices by arguing the statuette of the Nazi leader was ”part of history — you just have to accept it.”
Oct. 27 marked the four-year anniversary of the massacre at the Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh that left 11 people dead. It was the bloodiest anti-Semitic attack in U.S. history.