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Buildings Must Be Stabilized After Secret Tunnel Found in Brooklyn

It all has to do with a decades-long split within Hasidic Jewish group

(Newser) - New York City issued vacate orders and emergency work orders following the discovery of a tunnel that had been secretly dug over a period of nearly a year underneath a historic Brooklyn synagogue. Officials say the building and neighboring structures will be stabilized and occupant safety will be ensured, the...

Boy Who Planned Attack Must Write Book Report

Ohio judge issues unusual order over synagogue plot

(Newser) - A 13-year-old Ohio boy accused of planning a mass shooting at a synagogue has been ordered to spend a year on probation. The Canton Repository reports that the Plain Township boy pleaded true, the juvenile equivalent of guilty, on Friday to misdemeanor counts of inducing panic and disorderly conduct. Authorities...

Stranger Charged With Killing Detroit Synagogue Leader

Officials say the suspect didn't seem to know Samantha Woll, dismiss hate crime possibility

(Newser) - The man held as a person of interest in the slaying of Samantha Woll, a Detroit synagogue leader, was charged with murder on Wednesday. Michael Jackson-Bolanos, 28, did not appear to know the victim, officials said. He faces murder, home invasion, and lying to police charges, the AP reports. Despite...

Police: Man Fired Shotgun Near Temple, Said 'Free Palestine'

Albany incident is being investigated as a hate crime

(Newser) - A man fired a shotgun twice outside a Jewish temple in upstate New York on Thursday, hours before the start of Hanukkah, then said, "Free Palestine" as he was taken into custody, police said. No one was injured. The episode in the state capital of Albany took place amid...

Alleged Synagogue Vandal: 'I'm Just an Artist'

NYC man Lenny De La Rosa faces hate crime charges over August vandalism spree

(Newser) - A New York City man accused of vandalizing three synagogues has been charged with four counts of criminal mischief in the fourth degree as a hate crime—but he claims he is "just an artist." Asked by the New York Post whether he is antisemitic or "hates...

Young Synagogue Leader Fatally Stabbed in Detroit
Synagogue Leader
Is Murdered in Detroit

Synagogue Leader Is Murdered in Detroit

Police have no motive yet in the fatal stabbing of Samantha Woll

(Newser) - Detroit's police chief said Sunday that so far, there's no evidence antisemitism was the motive in the murder of synagogue leader Samantha Woll, NBC News reports. The investigation, with which the FBI and state police are assisting, continues. "I again ask the community to remain patient while...

In Deadliest Antisemitic Attack in US History, a Verdict

Truck driver Robert Bowers is found guilty of killing 11 in Pittsburgh's Tree of Life synagogue shooting

(Newser) - A truck driver who expressed hatred of Jews was convicted Friday of barging into a Pittsburgh synagogue and shooting everyone he could find, killing 11 congregants in an act of antisemitic terror for which he could be sentenced to die. The guilty verdict was a foregone conclusion after Robert Bowers'...

Man Arrested in Shooting Outside LA Synagogues

2 men were injured in shooting this week

(Newser) - A man who was apparently targeting the Jewish community in Los Angeles is now in custody, police say. Law enforcement sources say the man, who allegedly shot two men outside synagogues this week, has a history of animus against the Jewish community and the shootings are being investigated as hate...

'The Point Was to Terrify the Jewish People Here'

Man fires what may have been blanks in San Francisco synagogue

(Newser) - Police in San Francisco are investigating a shooting inside a synagogue during which the unidentified suspect may have fired blanks rather than live rounds Wednesday night in what a synagogue official called an attempt to terrorize Jewish people. The synagogue did not report the incident until Thursday morning, the AP...

Suspect Charged in Synagogue Threat
Suspect Charged in
Synagogue Threat

Suspect Charged in Synagogue Threat

Prosecutor says suspect shared document reflecting his 'hatred of Jews'

(Newser) - An 18-year-old New Jersey man has been charged with threatening to attack a synagogue last week. The FBI had issued a warning after receiving what it called a broad threat to the state's synagogues. Prosecutors said Thursday that Omar Alkattoul of Sayreville had shared links to a document he'...

FBI Warns of 'Broad Threat' to NJ Synagogues
FBI: Threat to
NJ Synagogues
Is Resolved

FBI: Threat to NJ Synagogues Is Resolved

Agents say they questioned a man with radical views but don't specify whether he's in custody

(Newser) - Religious leaders in New Jersey were assured Friday by the FBI that the threat to synagogues they were warned about the day before no longer exists. The agent in charge of the agency's Newark office said the FBI had identified a man who holds "radical extremist views,"...

Man Who Allegedly Sold Gun to Hostage-Taker Arrested

Feds say Texas felon Henry Williams wasn't allowed to possess weapon

(Newser) - A Texas man has been arrested in connection with the hostage-taking at a Dallas-area synagogue—but he's not accused of knowing anything about the attack. Henry "Michael" Williams faces a federal gun charge for allegedly selling the pistol British man Malik Faisal Akram used in the attack, the...

UK Arrests 2 in Connection With Synagogue Standoff

White House says Akram wasn't on terrorist screening database

(Newser) - British police say they have arrested two people in connection with Saturday's hostage-taking at a synagogue in Texas. Counter Terrorism Police North West said one man was arrested Thursday in Birmingham, central England, and another in the city of Manchester, the AP reports. They were being held for questioning...

At American Synagogues, a New Normal Takes Shape
At American Synagogues,
a New Normal Takes Shape
the rundown

At American Synagogues, a New Normal Takes Shape

Armed guards, traffic barriers, safety training

(Newser) - Will there be copycats? That is the "palpable fear" at synagogues around the country after the hostage-taking in Texas over the weekend, an exec with the Jewish Community Relations Council of New York tells the New York Times . Mitchell D. Silber adds a jarring observation: “More and more,...

Rabbi Recounts Escape From Synagogue Gunman

Charlie Cytron-Walker says he threw a chair at hostage-taker

(Newser) - Rabbi Charlie Cytron-Walker is being praised for his calm handling of the situation at the Texas synagogue where he was taken hostage along with three other people Saturday—and the rabbi credits his training. Cytron-Walker told CBS Monday that he waited until the gunman "wasn't in a position"...

Teens Arrested in UK in Connection With Texas Synagogue Standoff

But their alleged link to hostage situation is not clear

(Newser) - The man who held four people hostage at a Texas synagogue for 10 hours Saturday has been identified as a 44-year-old British national. Malik Faisal Akram arrived in the US, via New York, on a tourist visa about two weeks before the standoff, the BBC reports. He was fatally shot...

10-Hour Texas Synagogue Standoff Ends

Hostages freed, captor is dead

(Newser) - Four hostages are safe and their captor is dead after an hourslong standoff that began when the man took over services at a Texas synagogue where he could be heard ranting on a livestream and demanding the release of a Pakistani neuroscientist who was convicted of trying to kill US...

Police Surround Synagogue Where Hostages Are Held

Man was heard ranting on livestream of Texas service

(Newser) - Authorities said a man took hostages Saturday during services at a Texas synagogue where the suspect could be heard ranting in a livestream and demanding the release of a Pakistani neuroscientist who was convicted of trying to kill US Army officers in Afghanistan. The Colleyville Police Department tweeted Saturday afternoon...

Rabbi Injured in Attack Is Going to Prison

Yisroel Goldstein pleaded guilty to scamming the IRS with tax fraud schemes

(Newser) - "I stand here today, my head bowed in shame, remorse and disappointment over the crimes that I have committed to God and mankind," Rabbi Yisroel Goldstein told a hearing Tuesday, where he was sentenced to 14 months for his crimes against the Internal Revenue Service. The 60-year-old rabbi,...

Teen's Alleged Journal Entry: 'I Set a Synagogue on Fire'

Authorities say Franklin Barrett Sechriest, 18, was found with Nazi propaganda

(Newser) - A Texas teenager set fire to an Austin synagogue before confessing to the act in a journal that included racial slurs, authorities say. Texas State University student Franklin Barrett Sechriest, who resigned as a private in the Texas National Guard earlier this month, was arrested Friday on charges of arson...

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