Bomb Threats Target New York Synagogues: Authorities Investigate Origins

A disturbing bomb threat was sent via email to over two dozen synagogues and Jewish institutions in New York City, as well as to temples upstate and on Long Island.

The threatening email, received on Saturday, May 4, stated, “Hello, if you see this email just have notice of a bomb I have set inside of your building,” according to law enforcement sources cited by the New York Post.

The email continued, “This isn’t a threat. I have set a bomb in your building, you have a few hours to disarm or else blood will shatter everywhere.” The threat purportedly originated from a group identifying itself as ‘Terrorizers111.’

The targeted locations included 14 synagogues and Jewish centers in Manhattan, two in Brooklyn, and five in Queens, along with two temples upstate and one on Long Island. Additionally, the New York Landmarks Conservancy received a similar threat.

These threats arise in a climate of increased antisemitism, particularly evident in the wake of the Hamas-Israel conflict, with hundreds of pro-Palestinian protesters demonstrating on college campuses across the US.

Authorities have asserted that the threats are unfounded, and investigations are underway to trace their origins. US Sen. Chuck Schumer and Rep. Jerry Nadler have emphasized the need to hold those responsible accountable for their actions, urging the FBI to dedicate resources to track down the perpetrators.

Governor Kathy Hochul, in a statement on social media platform X, emphasized the state’s commitment to combating fear and antisemitism, pledging to ensure that those responsible for such despicable actions face consequences.

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