The FBI in Newark, New Jersey, said Thursday afternoon that it had received “credible information of widespread threats to synagogues” in the state. Twitter from the office.
“We ask that you take all safety precautions to protect your community and facilities at this time. We will share more information as soon as possible. Stay alert. Call the police in an emergency,” he wrote.
in one second Twitter, The agency said it was taking “proactive action” with the warning and that “investigative procedures will be conducted.”
New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy said he is in contact with the FBI, the state’s Office of Homeland Security and Preparedness and the state’s attorney general.
“We are monitoring the situation closely and working with local law enforcement to ensure all houses of worship are protected,” Murphy said. He wrote On Twitter.
Over the past few years, the U.S. has been ranked highest in the Anti-Defamation League, jumping from 941 in 2015 to 2,717 in 2015. On Thursday, the A.D.L he said. It is working with the FBI to address the credible threat and has advised synagogues and Jewish organizations to “remain calm and be vigilant.”
Four years ago, a gunman entered a synagogue in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, killing 11 people.
The FBI’s warning on Thursday comes amid reports of anti-Jewish prejudice across the country over the weekend, including several anti-Semitic messages displayed in public places in Jacksonville, Florida, and a group of protesters who earlier hung banners on the Los Angeles Freeway. He showed support for anti-Semitic comments made by Kanye West in October. Photographs show the group raising their hands in what looks like a Nazi salute. Los Angeles officials condemned the incident.
West has made a series of anti-Semitic rants in the past, most notably on October 8, when he tweeted: “He was about to die 3 [sic] Against the Jews,” and also, “You guys played with me and tried to kick the balls of anyone who opposes your agenda,” according to the Internet Archive Wayback Machine pulled by CNN, without specifying which group he was referring to.
His Twitter has been removed and Twitter has locked his account. In an interview after the controversial tweet, West told Piers Morgan that he felt sorry for the people who were hurt, but said he didn’t regret making the comment.
CNN contacted the FBI for more information on their Twitter account.
This is a developing story and will evolve.