Governor Kathy Hochul Condemns False Bomb Threats Targeting New York Synagogues

Authorities Investigate Hoaxes Amid Rising Anti-Semitic Incidents

Governor Kathy Hochul of New York has strongly condemned recent false bomb threats targeting several synagogues and a museum in the state. The alarms, which led to evacuations at multiple locations, were ultimately deemed not credible by local authorities.

According to reports from the New York City Police Department, cited by CBS News, the threats were directed at three places of worship in Manhattan – Congregation Rodeph Sholom, Congregation Beit Simchat Torah, and Chabad of Midtown. Additional bomb threats were also received by the Brooklyn Heights Synagogue and The Brooklyn Museum.

Law enforcement officials stated that the threats were sent via email, claiming the presence of explosives near the targeted locations. These messages prompted evacuations as a precautionary measure. However, after thorough assessments, authorities determined that the threats were hoaxes. The matter is currently under investigation, and no links between the incidents have been established thus far.

Although an unusual package was reported near The Brooklyn Museum subway station, the New York City Metropolitan Transportation Authority clarified that transport services remained unaffected.

Governor Kathy Hochul addressed the situation, stating that officials are actively monitoring numerous bomb threats targeting synagogues. She emphasized that while the threats turned out to be non-credible, such actions instilling fear and promoting anti-Semitism will not be tolerated. Hochul called for accountability for those responsible for these despicable actions.

The incident comes in the context of a reported increase in anti-Semitic hate crimes in New York City. According to the NYPD, there has been a 45% rise in such incidents since the beginning of the year, with 96 cases reported compared to 66 during the same period in 2023.

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Police Commissioner Edward Caban linked the surge in anti-Semitic acts to the ongoing Israel-Gaza conflict. The conflict, which escalated following a cross-border raid by Hamas militants last October, has resulted in significant casualties on both sides. The situation has also fueled pro-Palestine protests across US colleges, leading to some instances of violent clashes and numerous arrests.

The investigation into the recent bomb threats remains ongoing as authorities continue their efforts to ensure the safety and security of all communities affected by these incidents.

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