NYPD study: Jews are often terror targets

| December 27, 2011

Nearly half of the terror plots aimed at the city since 1992 have targeted Jewish people or institutions, prompting police to ramp up security around such facilities during the holiday season, according to an NYPD intelligence analysis.

Friday, police Commissioner Ray Kelly said there was no specific threat against the city around the Christmas holiday season but that officers were remaining on alert as has become the usual practice.

The intelligence division study showed that in addition to Jews being targeted in eight of 18 plots in the city since 1992, there have been 44 suspected terrorists who have lived in the five boroughs. Aside from Samir Khan, editor of the al-Qaida-linked Inspire who was killed in September in a drone attack in Yemen, all the other suspects have been arrested in prior cases. The NYPD intelligence findings was first reported Thursday by Reuters.

A summary of the intelligence reports provided to Newsday included plots such as the Brooklyn Bridge shooting in 1994 that killed student Ari Halberstam, a 2001 surveillance of synagogues by an associate of Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and the May 2011 arrest of two people who authorities think wanted to blow up a synagogue in Manhattan.



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