Archive for October, 2010

Arrest made in Utah church arson fires

| October 31, 2010 | 1 Comment



SALT LAKE CITY, Oct. 31 (UPI) — Utah police have arrested a man they say has taken responsibility for setting two church fires that caused about $1 million in damage. South Salt Lake City police detective Gary Keller said Patrick Ehat, 26, of Salt Lake City, was taken into custody Sunday morning, The Salt Lake […]




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Mass. man to be sentenced in black church arson

| October 31, 2010 | 0 Comments



SPRINGFIELD — One of three white men convicted of setting a fire that burned down a predominantly black church in Springfield hours after Barack Obama was elected president faces sentencing in federal court. Benjamin Haskell pleaded guilty to civil rights charges in June in a plea deal that calls for him to spend nine years […]




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Petrol bomb misses new German synagogue

| October 31, 2010 | 1 Comment



Mainz, Germany – A petrol bomb which was thrown towards a brand-new synagogue in Germany hit a tree and did no damage, police said Sunday. German Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle condemned the late Saturday incident as a 'despicable act' and called on police to find the culprits, saying in a written statement, 'anti-Semitism can have […]




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ANALYSIS: Attacking Jews remains a radical Islamist guiding motivation

| October 31, 2010 | 1 Comment



The method used by the terrorist was simple, but the plan was sophisticated, daring and creative, testifying to a meticulous process. Mail bombs are nothing new. Israeli intelligence used the method in 1956 to assassinate a colonel in Egyptian intelligence in Gaza, and in the 1960s to attack former Nazis and German scientists working in […]




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Rabbi: 4 bombs targeted Chicago synagogues

| October 31, 2010 | 1 Comment



Rabbi Michael R. Zedek from Chicago's lakeside Emanuel Congregation said he was told by security officials there were actually four explosive-laden packages from Yemen targeting Chicago's synagogues instead of the two originally reported. According to Zedek, Emanuel Congregation was allegedly not the specific target of the bomb, but Congregation Or Chadash, a gay-and-lesbian synagogue housed […]




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Chicago Synagogue Targeted by Terrorists

| October 31, 2010 | 1 Comment



Chicago – There's been an arrest in the terror threat involving explosive packages. Authorities in Yemen say they're holding a woman suspected of mailing the devices to two Chicago synagogues. The packages were intercepted in England and United Arab Emirates Friday morning, triggering a terrorism alert here at home. One package was addressed to a […]




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Jewish community has mix of concerns about Chicago bomb plot

| October 31, 2010 | 1 Comment



Walking through Sandy Springs Saturday on his way to Shabbat services, Rabbi Mario Karpuj was troubled. "I was going to have to tell our security guard if any packages arrived by FedEx or UPS, to call 9-1-1," Karpuj, a leader of Congregation Or Hadash, told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. "This, at a time when I'm going […]




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Chicago Synagogue Cites Web Visits From Egypt

| October 31, 2010 | 1 Comment



A rabbi at one of the synagogues allegedly targeted by explosive-laden packages from Yemen said that the group's website was visited dozens of times recently by individuals located in Egypt. Rabbi Michael R. Zedek from Chicago's lakeside Emanuel Congregation also said that he was told by a source that there were actually four bombs targeting […]




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Suspicious fires now include 2 church buildings

| October 31, 2010 | 0 Comments



SOUTH SALT LAKE, Utah (ABC 4 News) – Two chapels and one house go up in flames within a couple of hours of each other, and all are within a mile radius in distance. Police suspect arson. Shards of broken glass stick out of blackened out windows giving anyone a look inside at the charred […]




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Police, hazmat team at Baytown synagogue

| October 31, 2010 | 0 Comments



An anti-Semitic message and other suspicious items found near the entry of a Baytown synagogue early Saturday shut down a nearby roadway and rail line during a four-hour investigation. Police determined that a homeless man, upset that he'd been shooed from the site earlier that morning, left the threatening items, officials said. Baytown Police Lieutenant […]




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Area Jewish organizations on alert

| October 30, 2010 | 1 Comment



Two packages containing explosives, each bound for a different Jewish place of worship in Chicago, were intercepted, foiling what President Barack Obama on Friday called a "credible terrorist threat against our country" and putting synagogues in the city and suburbs on high alert. Officials would not identify exact destinations for the packages. A U.S. official, […]




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Synagogue Uses Craigslist To Recover Stolen Torah

| October 30, 2010 | 1 Comment



PHOENIX — An ad placed on Craigslist by a Phoenix synagogue was instrumental in the return of a Torah that was stolen earlier in the week, according to the synagogue's president. Farley Weiss, president of the Young Israel Synagogue of Phoenix, said an ad offering a $500 reward for the Torah was placed on Craigslist […]




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Chicago synagogues warned to watch for suspicious packages

| October 30, 2010 | 1 Comment



Chicago, Illinois (CNN) — Synagogues across metropolitan Chicago, Illinois, began taking "appropriate precautions" Friday after a warning by security officials to watch out for suspicious packages from abroad, according to a Jewish Federation spokeswoman. President Barack Obama said that two packages that apparently contained explosive materials were bound for two synagogues in Chicago. While there […]




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Vandals burn Bibles in shock church attack in Birkenshaw

| October 30, 2010 | 1 Comment



Church-goers have been left shocked after thugs burned Bibles and tore a crucifix from a wall in an orgy of vandalism. The desecration was discovered when an art group which was meeting in Birkenshaw Methodist Church Hall opened the premises for their session. As well as scorching Bibles, the vandals slashed hymn books in the […]




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ADL Statement on Reported Terror Threat to Jewish Institutions

| October 29, 2010 | 1 Comment



New York, NY, October 29, 2010 – The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) has learned from law enforcement sources that there is a reported threat to Jewish institutions in the form of packages mailed from overseas, particularly Great Britain, Yemen and Saudi Arabia. In light of the reported threat, the League has sent out a notice to […]




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