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Officials confirm suspect apprehended after a Texas synagogue received antisemitic threats

After the FBI said over the weekend that no “arrest” was made, officials from the Anti-Defamation League and from the Jewish Federation of San Antonio said Monday that a person was “apprehended” in connection with recent threats against a Texas synagogue. Jake Hyman, an ADL spokesman, said by phone Monday that an individual was apprehended, even though there may not have been an arrest. He credited the close coordination between the ADL and…

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Anti-Defamation League and Jewish Federation of San Antonio officials said Monday that a person was “apprehended” in connection with recent threats against a Texas synagogue after the FBI said over the weekend that no “arrest” was made.

A spokesman for the ADL, Jake Hyman, said over the phone on Monday that a person had been apprehended despite the fact that an arrest had not yet been made.

This has been made possible by the ADL and Federation’s close cooperation with local law enforcement and the FBI, he argued.

The Federation’s president and CEO, Nehemia “Nammie” Ichilov, also confirmed that the FBI had brought the incident to a close. When asked about the case itself, neither Hyman nor Ichilov were able to identify or locate the individual in question, deferring their inquiries to the FBI.

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On Sunday, the FBI issued a statement saying that while no arrests have been made, there is no immediate threat. An investigation into a possible threat to an unidentified synagogue in Texas is ongoing by the FBI and its state and local partners, according to officials.

In order to report any suspicious activity or information about possible threats, members of the public should contact their local FBI field office or submit a tip online at tips.fbi.gov, the agency reminded.

As of Friday, Ichilov reported, threats against the Texas Jewish community had begun, putting everyone on high alert. The San Antonio Jewish community was alerted to an increased level of vigilance on Saturday.

One of the main points made by Ichilov was that each synagogue adjusted its security plans in accordance with the threats. It was necessary to postpone or cancel celebrations for those who were unable to adapt.

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As a result of the threats, Shabbat services at Temple Beth-El San Antonio were canceled both in person and online.

A security threat necessitated that the entire Jewish community reschedule their observance of the Sabbath, Senior Rabbi Mara Nathan wrote in a letter to her congregation from Jerusalem.

They chose to be conservative in the face of the unknown because they prioritized the safety of congregants, staff and clergy even though the threat was never specifically directed at Temple Beth-El, she said.

Ichilov said the FBI had notified the federation and ADL by Saturday evening that the suspect had been apprehended.

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Thank you, San Antonio police and the FBI, “Ichilov said. “I want to share how thankful we are to our local law enforcement for being so communicative through the process, helping us navigate the difficult times we experienced.” “Moments like this allow us to reflect on our actions and come out on top.”

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Due to a recent distribution of “hate propaganda” against Jewish and transgender communities, District 9 Councilman Jon Courage expressed concern about the threats.

For him, both as a resident and a council member for the North Central neighborhood, “they’re very distressing.” he said. “Hate mail and messages that threaten the safety and well-being of our community are so unlike our community — as we live and play together in District 9.”

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Courage had just returned from a national seminar on hate mail and propaganda when he noticed the influx of such letters.

“I’ve been reassured that the police department is working with the FBI and other organizations to identify who may be making these threats,” Courage said..

He said he sent out an email last week in response to the letters, asking his supporters not to spread the messages any further.

There are a lot of people who hand out these letters overnight, according to what he told me. Anyone with information should call 311 or the non-emergency number of the San Antonio Police Department at (210) 207-7273.

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The League is also keeping track of the distribution of the hate mail, which Hyman claims is done by a national organization. According to him, the fliers were unrelated to the threats made over the weekend.

Hyman claims that hate speech pamphlets frequently circulate in the wake of major national headlines. Either Jews or other minorities are to blame for these ills, according to these people.

This year, a series of letters with the Nazi slogan “blood and soil” aimed at undocumented immigrants was circulated in Schertz and Cibolo, Texas, in an effort to create an Aryan homeland.

In the wake of the Pittsburgh synagogue shooting, which claimed the lives of 11 people, a sign reading “Fake News” was placed outside San Antonio’s Holocaust Museum.

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jbeltran@express-news.net

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