Please Be Aware
We continue to remain in a heightened threat environment because of HAMAS’ attack on Israel on Oct. 7th. We are working in close collaboration with law enforcement to monitor potential threat activity. There are no known or direct threats related to our Pittsburgh Jewish community.
This week, DHS, FBI, and NCTC issued a Joint Intelligence Bulletin (JIB) that assesses which lone offenders inspired by, or reacting to, the ongoing Israel–HAMAS conflict pose the most likely threat to Americans, especially Jewish, Muslim, and Arab communities in the United States. Though there are no known threats at this time, foreign terrorist organizations and their supporters remain committed to attacking the United States within and beyond our borders.
The FBI released Hate Crime Statistics for 2022. Hate Crimes directed at the Jewish community comprised 64% of religiously motivated hate crimes, a significant rise from last year. Jews continue to be the most targeted group of any religion. More information can be found on the FBI’s Crime Data Explorer.
FBI and DHS issued a notification to advise of an ongoing issue of potential public safety concern consequent to the Hamas attacks in Israel.
Yesterday, the Jewish Federation’s Facebook and Twitter account was defaced, replacing the current graphics with the Palestinian flag and “Stop the Genocide”. Law enforcement is investigating this. This is a reminder to practice good cyber hygiene, especially as HAMAS has called for low level cyber-attacks at our Jewish organizations.
Continue to be vigilant. Report suspicious behavior to 911 and then the Jewish Federation via the Incident Report Form.
Security Matters in the News This Week
- ‘I am going to take every one of you out’: North Carolina man arrested for threats against Jewish organization (abcnews.go.com)
- Pittsburgh Jewish Federation deletes Twitter/X account after being hacked by pro-Palestinian activists – Jewish Telegraphic Agency (jta.org)
- DHS and FBI warn of “heightened” potential for violence amid Israel-Hamas conflict – (cbsnews.com)
- Hate Crime Protection Funding Boost Draws Bipartisan Support (bloomberglaw.com)
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