Tag: synagogue

US Capitol plot suspect mulled synagogue attack

| February 18, 2012 | 0 Comments



WASHINGTON – A Moroccan man who allegedly wanted to conduct a suicide bombing attack on the US Capitol had considered attacking a synagogue, according to authorities. Amine El Khalifi, 29, was arrested near the US Capitol on Friday wearing a vest he believed was full of al Qaida-supplied explosives and charged in an attempted suicide […]




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NJ synagogue bombings suspect seeks to move trial

| February 17, 2012 | 0 Comments



HACKENSACK, NJ — A teenager charged with attempted murder in the firebombings of two synagogues pleaded not guilty Wednesday, and his attorney said he would likely seek to have a potential trial moved from the county where the attacks took place. Anthony Graziano appeared briefly in state Superior Court in an orange prison jumpsuit and […]




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‘Iran, Hezbollah trying to attack Jews abroad’

| February 17, 2012 | 0 Comments



Counter-terrorism Bureau releases warning in light of information emerging after recent attacks, urges tourists to be alert. It appears as though Iran and Hezbollah are currently trying to carry out attacks on Israeli and Jewish targets abroad, Israel's Counter-terrorism Bureau warned Friday. The Bureau said it drew these conclusions, "in light of the findings emerging […]




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High vandals cause gas leak at Victoria synagogue

| February 14, 2012 | 0 Comments



Victoria police are searching for two hooligans who caused a gas leak early Wednesday morning behind a Jewish synagogue while apparently high on drugs. Officers were called to the temple on Blanshard and Pandora streets at around 5:30 a.m., but the suspects had already fled and a police search turned up no sign of them. […]




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Police advise local agencies on boosting security measures

| February 13, 2012 | 0 Comments



Law enforcement officials briefed Jewish leaders at a Feb. 9 security seminar held at the South River offices of the Jewish Federation of Greater Middlesex County. Local police chiefs urged Jewish institutions to be more vigilant, to take steps to protect themselves, and to form alliances with law enforcement. Participants at the meeting, held in […]




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Exclusive: Israel Warns US Jews: Iran Could Strike Here

| February 3, 2012 | 0 Comments



Israeli facilities in North America — and around the world — are on high alert, according to an internal security document obtained by ABC News that predicted the threat from Iran against Jewish targets will increase. "We predict that the threat on our sites around the world will increase … on both our guarded sites […]




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Details of case against synagogue firebombing suspect aired at bail hearing

| February 1, 2012 | 0 Comments



HACKENSACK, N.J. — Anthony Graziano heard the screams of horror after he lobbed a Molotov cocktail into the living quarters of a Rutherford, N.J., synagogue where a rabbi lived with his family, a prosecutor said Tuesday, but he ignored the panicked cries and threw more firebombs at the building. He was still enraged over his […]




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Lawyer: Synagogue Firebombing Suspect Has ‘Psychological Issues’

| January 31, 2012 | 0 Comments



MYFOXNY.COM – Calling their case against Anthony Graziano "rock solid," prosecutors say he confessed. But his lawyer said that confession should be taken with a grain of salt. "He has psychological and emotional issues," said attorney Robert Kalisch, who blamed his client's mental health and video games for his behavior. "When you have emotional, psychiatric, […]




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Prosecutors: Graziano confessed to Rutherford temple firebombing, Paramus arson

| January 31, 2012 | 0 Comments



Prosecutors say Anthony Graziano confessed to continuing to throw firebombs inside a rabbi’s home despite hearing screaming inside, but his defense attorney said the admission shouldn’t be taken seriously due to his client’s mental health. Graziano, 19, of Lodi, also admitted to the setting fire to a Paramus synagogue in addition to the Rutherford attack, […]




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‘Lone wolves’ more common, dangerous than organized supremacists, experts say

| January 31, 2012 | 0 Comments



HACKENSACK, N.J. – A loner who broke from obscurity to commit a violent crime – that’s the description provided by law enforcement officials of the 19-year-old Lodi, N.J., man they’ve accused of firebombing a North Jersey synagogue and other violent bias crimes. It’s also a profile that fits the perpetrators of any number of horrific […]




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Police to search N.J. synagogues near home of suspected firebomber

| January 25, 2012 | 0 Comments



BERGEN COUNTY — Authorities said they are planning to conduct a sweep of synagogues within a 10-mile radius of the home of a suspected firebomber in Bergen County to search for arson materials. The announcement of the investigation came after a teenager charged with attempted murder in the firebombings of two North Jersey synagogues pleaded […]




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Man accused in Bergen County temple firebombings wants change of venue

| January 25, 2012 | 0 Comments



HACKENSACK — The attorney for the Lodi man accused of attempted murder and aggrevated arson in connection to two synagogue firebombings in Bergen County is seeking a change of venue for the case, according to published reports. Anthony M. Graziano, 19, plead not guilty Tuesday to charges related to the attacks in Rutherford and Paramus, […]




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Torah theft suspect had done handyman work at Monticello synagogue

| January 25, 2012 | 0 Comments



MONTICELLO – The Woodridge man charged with the theft of a $35,000 Torah from Landfield Avenue Synagogue had worked on several repair projects at the synagogue and had been sought for weeks for questioning, the congregation's rabbi said. Chris Colvill, a registered sex offender who has served prison time for attempted sodomy and attempted assault, […]




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Tipsters, surveillance video led to arrest of Lodi man in Bergen County synagogue firebombings

| January 24, 2012 | 0 Comments



PARAMUS — A Lodi teen arrested in connection with two arsons at Bergen County synagogues was apprehended late Monday after the ingredients in the Molotov cocktails he allegedly produced were tracked to a Saddle Brook Wal-Mart. Anthony M. Graziano, 19, faces nine counts of attempted murder for the Jan. 11 firebombing of a Rutherford synagogue […]




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Fair Lawn Jewish Center receives anti-Semitic letter

| January 22, 2012 | 0 Comments



Fair Lawn – Local synagogues are on the alert after the Fair Lawn Jewish Center on Norma Avenue received an anti-Semitic letter on Jan. 20. Fair Lawn Police Capt. Joseph Cook told local rabbis in an email on Jan. 20 that the synagogue received a "suspicious letter" containing "images of various magazine covers depicting major […]




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