Community on High Alert After Multiple Bomb Threats Received

( – The New York Police Department announced on May 4 that three synagogues in New York City received numerous bomb threats that day between 3:15 pm and 5:13 pm. The police said that the first threat was received by the Congregation Rodeph Sholom through an email sent by an unknown user who said the building was full of explosives. The department said that while the synagogue was fully evacuated, officers found no explosives.

The second synagogue to receive the threat was the Beit Simchat Torah Congregation, which also received an email from an unknown user who said the building was about to explode as they had planted bombs inside of it. The NYPD explained that no evacuation was needed as the building was empty and said that officers found no explosives.

The third and last synagogue that received these same threats through a similar email from an unknown user was Brooklyn Heights. Members of the religious center notified the police, who immediately arrived at the scene and evacuated three people. They didn’t find any explosive devices at this location either.

On her Twitter account, New York Democratic Governor Kathy Hochul said that authorities are currently investigating each of the bomb threats and will find the responsible. She also noted that while bomb threats have proven to have no credibility, New York authorities will investigate every single threat and will have zero tolerance for those who want to spread fear and antisemitism in the state.

The Jewish community in the United States and many other Western nations have been receiving more violent threats and antisemitic discrimination than in the last few years since October 7. That day, the Palestinian terrorist group Hamas perpetrated an attack on Israel where they killed over 1,000 people and kidnapped hundreds, prompting the Israeli government to execute a military operation in Gaza.

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