A wave of swatting incidents targeted Jewish institutions in the U.S. over the weekend, with nearly 200 incidents reported across the country.
The FBI is investigating these coordinated attacks, which involve false reports to law enforcement.
The nonprofit Secure Community Network (SCN) expressed concern about the safety of the Jewish community, highlighting the serious and potentially deadly consequences of these incidents. (Trending: Prominent LGBTQ Activist Arrested Over Disturbing Charges)
The FBI reported that they were “aware of numerous hoax incidents wherein a bomb threat at a synagogue is made.”
“The FBI takes threats very seriously because it puts innocent people at risk,” added the FBI.
SCN National Director and CEO Michael Masters said the incidents were, “a major concern for the safety and security of the Jewish community in North America, as well as law enforcement.”
“It’s critical to recognize that these are not victimless crimes or innocent pranks: they can have real – and even deadly – consequences,” he continued.
Adding, “We appreciate the arrests made to date, recognizing that the often sophisticated and anonymous nature of this activity makes these threats difficult to mitigate.”
SCN reported a significant increase in swatting incidents and bomb threats in 2023, particularly following the October 7 Hamas attacks on Israel.
This surge in antisemitic activity has raised alarms about the safety and security of Jewish institutions in North America.