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FBI receives ‘credible information about major threat’ to synagogues in New Jersey

FBI receives ‘credible information about major threat’ to synagogues in New Jersey

The FBI has not released details about the nature of the threat.

New Jersey Attorney General Matt Platkin said in a statement that law enforcement agencies across New Jersey will increase patrols in “sensitive areas … with an abundance of caution.”

Some patrols will be in marked vehicles and others will not, Platkin said.

“We continue to work together to protect New Jersey and let those who would do harm to the residents of this state know that New Jersey will not be home to hate, intolerance or violence,” Platkin said, adding that any suspicious activity should be reported to local law enforcement. law enforcement.

Gov. Phil Murphy said he has been in contact with the Attorney General’s Office, the New Jersey Office of Homeland Security and Preparedness and the FBI.

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

In a statement from Thursday evening, Rep. Josh Gottheimer (DN.J.) said he will meet with law enforcement officials and rabbis from across the North Jersey district.

“To those who made these anti-Semitic terrorist threats: We will not be afraid. We will not give up,” Gottheimer said in a statement. “In the greatest country in the world, religious freedom will win and anti-Semitism and hatred will lose.”

Anti-Semitic incidents are on the rise in recent years, reaching an all-time high in 2021, according to the Anti-Defamation League.

A study published in April The ADL reported that the total number of anti-Semitic incidents in New Jersey rose 25 percent last year, reaching 370. The total is the highest ever recorded in New Jersey since the ADL began tracking such incidents in 1979.



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