December 4, 2023

Grenade Found Near New Jersey Synagogue, Bomb Squad Called

The bomb squad was referred to as in to analyze a grenade taped to a pole close to a synagogue in Lakewood, New Jersey, on Sunday morning.

“According to police, at about 7:45 a.m., the grenade was found strapped to utility pole at the intersection of Forest Avenue and 4th Street in Lakewood, near the Satmar Shul synagogue,” NBC Philadelphia reported.

Ocean County prosecutor Bradley D. Billhimer stated in an announcement on Sunday that the gadget was “inert and non-explosive.”

“The device was found to be inert and non-explosive. There is no danger to the public and this remains an active and ongoing investigation,” stated Billhimer.

Antisemitic incidents have been up 400 % within the weeks following the horrific terrorist assault on Israel on October 7, which took 1,400 lives, most of whom have been civilians. Per the ADL:

ADL recorded a complete of 312 antisemitic incidents between Oct. 7-23, 2023, 190 of which have been instantly linked to the warfare in Israel and Gaza. By comparability, throughout the identical interval in 2022, ADL acquired preliminary stories of 64 incidents, together with 4 that have been Israel-related. An interactive map plotting the place incidents have occurred in October 2023 will be found here.

ADL additionally tracked anti-Israel rallies since Oct. 7, no less than 109 of which ADL discovered specific or sturdy implicit support for Hamas and/or violence in opposition to Jews in Israel. These 109 are included in ADL’s tally of antisemitic incidents.

“When conflict erupts in Israel, antisemitic incidents soon follow in the U.S. and globally,” stated ADL CEO Jonathan Greenblatt in an announcement. “From white supremacists in California displaying antisemitic banners on highway overpasses to radical anti-Zionists harassing Jewish people because of their real or perceived support for the Jewish state, we are witnessing a disturbing rise in antisemitic activity here while the war rages overseas.”

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