Tag: terrorism

Local ADL head discusses security after foiled bomb plot

| November 7, 2010 | 1 Comment



Over the weekend, the Jewish community was shocked to learn of the alleged plot by a Yemen-based branch of Al-Qaeda to send explosive devices in packages to synagogue-affiliated addresses in Chicago. The devices, authorities believe, may have been intended to explode in flight to bring down cargo or passenger planes. Karen Aroesty, regional director of […]




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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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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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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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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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Chicago synagogues on alert

| October 29, 2010 | 1 Comment



Synagogues in Chicago were put on alert Friday after suspicious packages shipped from Yemen to Chicago religious institutions spurred an international response, although they tested negative for explosive material. A U.S. official said authorities were investigating whether the string of suspicious packages was a dry run for a plot to send bombs through the mail. […]




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Obama: Terror explosives found, bound for US Jewish Synagogues

| October 29, 2010 | 1 Comment



WASHINGTON – President Barack Obama declared Friday that authorities had uncovered a "credible terrorist threat" against the United States following the overseas discovery of U.S.-bound packages containing explosives aboard cargo jets. Obama said both had been addressed to Jewish organizations in the Chicago area. The disclosures triggered a worldwide alert amid fears that al-Qaida was […]




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Area synagogues alerted after suspicious Chicago-bound package found in England

| October 29, 2010 | 1 Comment



A warning has been issued for synagogues in the Chicago area to be on the alert for suspicious packages that might be coming via UPS, FedEx, or by other means. The warning comes after a suspicious package, which contained a "manipulated" toner cartridge, was found Thursday night on a Chicago-bound cargo plane from Yemen, according […]




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Paris synagogue blast echoes across the years

| October 3, 2010 | 0 Comments



Thirty years after the terrorist attack that's been dubbed that country's 9/11, France is fighting to extradite an Ottawa academic with alleged links to the case, CHRIS COBB reports. A narrow central Paris street will be crowded politicians, religious leaders and ordinary citizens today to mark the 30th anniversary of the bombing of a synagogue […]




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Travel Alert: Europe – Terrorism

| October 3, 2010 | 0 Comments



Europe October 3, 2010 The State Department alerts U.S. citizens to the potential for terrorist attacks in Europe. Current information suggests that al-Qa’ida and affiliated organizations continue to plan terrorist attacks. European governments have taken action to guard against a terrorist attack and some have spoken publicly about the heightened threat conditions. Terrorists may elect […]




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Tight security measures on Kirkuk churches

| September 11, 2010 | 0 Comments



Ahlul Bayt News Agency ; KIRKUK, Iraq — The Kirkuk Districts’ Police Department imposed on Saturday stringent security measures on churches in Kirkuk over concerns about possible “terrorist and sabotage” acts in light of a U.S. pastor’s calls to burn books of the Quran on the 9/11 anniversary, according to the KDPD chief. “Intensive deployment […]




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