Man who allegedly threatened New Jersey’s Jewish community told FBI he doesn’t like Jews, planned no harm: sources

A young man who allegedly posted a threat online against New Jersey’s Jewish community told the FBI he was angry and hated Jews but had no plans to do anything harmful, sources told ABC News.

The FBI announced the “widespread threat” to New Jersey synagogues on Thursday on Twitter, urging people to “remain vigilant” and “take all safety precautions.”

PHOTO: New Jersey police officers stand guard outside the Hoboken United Synagogue in New Jersey, November 4, 2022.

New Jersey police officers stand guard outside the Hoboken United Synagogue in New Jersey on November 4, 2022.

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On Friday, the FBI said it had identified the “source of the threat” against “an unspecified New Jersey-area synagogue.” The person “no longer poses a threat to the community,” the FBI said.

According to sources, the young man had posted on a social media site often used for anti-Semitic discussions.

His post was written as if an attack had already occurred and in a style used by mass shooters, which increased concern and prompted the FBI’s tweet out of an abundance of caution, sources said.

PHOTO: A man stands outside the Temple Beth El synagogue, November 3, 2022, in Jersey City, NJ

A man stands in front of the Temple Beth El Facility Synagogue on November 3, 2022 in Jersey City, New Jersey.

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When the young man was located, authorities determined there was no threat, sources said, although they continue to investigate his background.

When the FBI’s alert was announced Thursday, New Jersey Attorney General Matthew Platkin said law enforcement would be stepping up patrols.

“Some of these patrols will be in marked vehicles and some will not – but please do not be alarmed if you see an increase in police presence as we are taking these steps with great caution,” Platkin said in a statement.

Platkin also urged residents to “be extra vigilant” and report suspicious activity to the police.

New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy tweeted Thursday, “We are closely monitoring the situation and are working with local law enforcement to ensure all places of worship are protected.”

PHOTO: Hoboken Police officers stand guard outside the United Synagogue of Hoboken on Thursday, November 3, 2022, in Hoboken, NJ

Hoboken Police officers stand guard outside the United Synagogue of Hoboken on Thursday, November 3, 2022, in Hoboken, NJ

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New York City Mayor Eric Adams and NYPD Commissioner Keechant Sewell have a hands-on meeting with Jewish leaders Friday to discuss recent threats and outline precautions New York City is taking to keep the Jewish community safe guarantee.

“As of now, there have been no credible threats against synagogues in New York City, but as a precaution, you will see an increased police presence in our Jewish community and places of worship,” Adams said. “The insidious rise in recent years of blatant anti-Semitism, with vicious lies and hatred spread through voices of bigotry and intolerance, must never be ignored. He must be confronted. We will protect our Jewish community.”

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