FBI Tracks Growing Threats to Jews, Muslims After Hamas Attack | ET REALITY


The Federal Bureau of Investigation is tracking an increased number of threats against Jewish and Muslim Americans in the wake of the Hamas attack on Oct. 7, bureau officials said Sunday.

Christopher A. Wray, director of the FBI, said the attack could inspire violence in the United States.

The greatest potential threat of violence in the United States comes from lone actors, who can be difficult to detect because law enforcement authorities generally do not know such individuals in advance.

While FBI officials said they had detected no evidence that Hamas was trying to direct attacks in the United States by its supporters, Wray said it was possible.

“We cannot, and do not, rule out the possibility that Hamas or other foreign terrorist organizations could take advantage of the conflict to encourage their supporters to carry out attacks on our own soil,” Wray said.

FBI officials said they were reaching out to religious leaders to discuss possible threats against their communities and had asked local authorities to take additional steps to protect Jewish and Muslim religious facilities in the United States.

There have been a large number of anti-Semitic threats in recent months, but the Oct. 7 attack sparked even more, senior FBI officials said.

Officials said threats had been made against both the Jewish and Muslim communities, and that some individuals had threatened both.

FBI officials declined to provide specific numbers on the threats, but said many of them had been made online and many had turned out to be not credible.

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