Terrorism

Homeland Security Advises Jewish Institutions on Terror Threats

11/04/2010

SAN FRANCISCO (JTA) – The U.S. Department of Homeland Security advised Jewish institutions on protecting themselves from terrorist threats.

About 500 Jewish agencies joined a 75-minute conference call on Wednesday focusing on security. The call was organized after the thwarted mail-bomb threat against two Jewish institutions in Chicago.

Media Watch: The Rest Of The Kristallnacht Story

Was the assassin avenging his parents or affair gone wrong?

11/03/2010
Associate Editor

A thin veil and close calls separates this world from the world of the dead. Two weeks ago, four radical Muslims were convicted of attempting to bomb a pair of New York synagogues, a plot foiled by the FBI. Last week, terrorists in Yemen, presumably al Qaeda, mailed two bombs to a pair of Chicago synagogues, a plot foiled by the Saudis, of all people. And next week, we have the anniversary of Kristallnacht (the night of Nov. 9-10, 1938), when 267 German synagogues were destroyed in a devil’s night of fire and broken glass.

Herschel Grynszpan after his arrest in November 1938.

Jews In The Crosshairs: From Riverdale To Chicago

11/02/2010

The Jewish Week asked eight rabbis, thinkers and communal leaders to reflect on the foiled Chicago synagogue bomb plot and what it says about Jews in America today. While it is unclear whether Jews were actually the target of this latest plot (authorities now believe the addresses on the packages did not match those of Chicago synagogues and believe the explosives were intended to go off in the air), it is clear that the Yemeni plot, like many before it, has ignited fear and consternation in the Jewish community.
 

Abraham H. Foxman

Candidates In Tight AG Race Spar Over Terrorism

11/01/2010
Assistant Managing Editor

With the threat of new al Qaeda terrorist attacks hanging over the nation, the contenders in New York’s dead-heat race for state attorney general are locking horns on the issue after the NY Post pointed out that Democrat Eric Schneiderman voted against three anti-terror bills in the state S

Yemeni Woman Arrested in Foiled Chicago Parcel Bomb Attack

10/31/2010

(JTA) -- Security forces in Yemen arrested a university student suspected of mailing two bombs to synagogues in Chicago.

The woman has been identified as Hanan Al-Samawi, 22, an engineering student at Sana’a University. Her mother, 45, was also arrested, according to reports.

Jewish Communities On High Terror Alert

10/29/2010

WASHINGTON (JTA) -- U.S. law enforcement has warned Jewish institutions to be on the lookout for packages mailed from overseas after suspicous packages were intercepted abroad incoming cargo aircraft.

President Barack Obama announded late Friday that "a credible threat against our country" was found in form of explosive materials on flights that landed in Philadelphia from Paris and Cologne, Germany as well as one that laned in Newark. A third jet was diverted to New York on suspicion of carrying dangerous packages.

New Mumbai Chabad House to Memorialize Holtzbergs

10/19/2010

(JTA) -- Tentative plans for a new Chabad House in Mumbai feature a memorial to the emissary couple slain in the 2008 attacks in the Indian city.

The plans for the new Nariman House, on the site of the previous Chabad House, are pending consultations with security experts, according to an announcement Tuesday by the Chabad organization.

For security reasons, the Chabad House in Mumbai has been operating since the attacks from an undisclosed location under the direction of the new permanent Chabad-Lubavitch emissaries there, Rabbi Chanoch and Leah Gechtman.

Would-be Synagogue Bombers Convicted

10/18/2010

(JTA) -- Four men caught in an FBI sting operation were convicted of plotting to blow up synagogues in New York City.

The men, arrested in May 2009, were convicted Monday by a jury in a U.S. District Court in Manhattan of planting bombs at the Riverdale Jewish Center and the Riverdale Temple, both in the Bronx, and of planning to shoot down U.S. military aircraft using surface-to-air missiles.

The bombs and missiles provided by an FBI informant were disabled.

Rendell Cuts Off Israeli-American Security Firm

09/16/2010

WASHINGTON (JTA) -- Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell terminated a contract with an Israeli-American agency that tracked peaceful protests and reported them as potential terrorist threats.

Rendell said Tuesday that he was "deeply embarrassed" by revelations of a $125,000 contract with the Philadelphia-based Institute of Terrorism Research and Response.

The state's Office of Homeland Security contracted the institute to track threats, and then relayed its reports to a large number of law enforcement and private groups.

Rep. Myrick: Hezbollah threatening southwestern U.S.

You think Israel is the only country facing Hezbollah terror? Think again; according to Rep. Sue Myrick (R-NC), the group may be active along the Southwestern U.S. border – maybe she thinks they're infiltrating alongside beheading-crazed illegal aliens and Mexicans bent on the “reconquista.”

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