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Local religious institutions discuss security measures following DHS warning

1 month 3 weeks 3 days ago Saturday, December 03 2022 Dec 3, 2022 December 03, 2022 3:56 PM December 03, 2022 in News - Local

The Department of Homeland Security is warning the public of rising threats in the coming months, and says religious institutions could be a target.

“Lone offenders and small groups motivated by a range of ideological beliefs and/or personal grievances continue to pose a persistent and lethal threat to the Homeland,” the warning stated. “Domestic actors and foreign terrorist organizations continue to maintain a visible presence online in attempts to motivate supporters to conduct attacks in the Homeland.” 

READ THE WARNING HERE

Other potential targets include public gatherings, schools and the LGBTQ+ community.

A McAllen rabbi said these threats are something he’s familiar with.

“Unfortunately, threats to the Jewish community are not anything new,” Temple Emanuel Rabbi Nathan Farb said.

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Both the Jewish temple in McAllen and the Basilica of Our Lady San Juan Del Valle have security cameras, and also work closely with local police for security.

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