The two days of Rosh Hashanah were met with police investigating explosive threats made against several Jewish Synagogues. This was part of a surge of threats occurring for months and continued throughout the High Holidays.
A bomb threat was reported at a Jewish synagogue in Brooklyn, New York. The NYPD received a report of an explosive threat at 11:19 a.m. ET, according to a spokesman who spoke to media outlets, but officers are still investigating the incident.
The emergency services provided the address of 8th Avenue and 10th Street, believed to be in the Park Slope area. The 78th Precinct of the New York Police Department (NYPD) then issued a warning to residents to avoid the intersection.
This is not the first time numerous Jewish institutions have received false explosives threats. During the first few months of 2017, Jewish community organizations received over 100 threats.
It came out that the majority of calls originated from an Israeli minor. In 2020, hundreds of JCCs received a distinct set of explosives threats via email.
Since the start of this summer, there have been numerous hoax explosive threats against synagogues, causing Jewish officials to be on high alert.
The Anti-Defamation League, which monitors anti-Semitism, discovered that at least 49 threats were made against temples in 13 states during the previous two months.
Even though none of the previous cases were genuine, security groups have stated that all threats should be taken seriously as Christmas approaches.
The Anti-Defamation League reported a spike in instances of swatting. Swatting occurs when someone contacts the police to report a false alarm to scare people or elicit an emergency response, such as a SWAT team.
Black churches and Sikh sites have experienced the same types of incidents. The Mountain Rise United Church of Christ in Perinton was a recent target of one of the threats.
The Monroe County Sheriff’s Office instructed the congregation to evacuate during a Jewish prayer once they learned of the threats. The sheriff’s office determined that the building contained no bomb threat, thanks to the K9 unit.