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USA: Man arrested after firing shots outside synagogue

2023-12-08T07:27:56.253Z

Highlights: Man, 28, arrested after firing shots outside synagogue in Albany, New York. Suspect was "walking around the synagogue in a very suspicious manner," Gov. Kathy Hochul said. He then "fired shots while making threatening remarks" outside the Temple Israel synagogue, she added. New York state of 20 million people "rejects hate, anti-Semitism and Islamophobia," she said, announcing that police would be on "high alert" for Hanukkah parties. The mayor of New York City, 250 km south of Albany, said "security" would be "reinforced"


The 28-year-old suspect opened fire on the first day of the Jewish holiday of Hanukkah, causing no injuries. He held "proposals for


As millions of Jewish Americans celebrate the start of the religious holiday of Hanukkah, a young man fired shots outside the synagogue in Albany, New York's state capital, on Thursday. He was apprehended by police and there were no injuries, Gov. Kathy Hochul said.

The 28-year-old suspect is "a local resident," "he was walking around the synagogue in a very suspicious manner according to witnesses," the New York State chief executive said. He then "fired shots while making threatening remarks" outside the Temple Israel synagogue, she added, without confirming whether he had shouted "Free Palestine" as reported by the Times Union newspaper, citing police sources.

Earlier today, shots were fired on the premises of Temple Israel in Albany. A 28-year-old man is in custody & thankfully, no one was injured.

— Governor Kathy Hochul (@GovKathyHochul) December 7, 2023

The Democratic governor, who is deeply involved in the fight against racism, anti-Semitism and the protection of the more than two million American Jews in her state, said she was pleased that "no one was hurt by this incident." "The safety of New York Jews is non-negotiable. Any act of anti-Semitism is unacceptable," she said, amid a rise in verbal and physical attacks against Jewish people in the United States.

Police on 'high alert' for Hanukkah

The New York state of 20 million people "rejects hate, anti-Semitism and Islamophobia," Hochul said, announcing that police would be on "high alert" for Hanukkah parties. Eric Adams, the mayor of New York City, 250 km south of Albany, said "security" would be "reinforced" around the Jewish menorahs, nine-branched candelabra, placed in public spaces.

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Kathy Hochul and Eric Adams participated in several demonstrations in support of Israel and American Jews at the beginning of the war in Gaza. The megacity of 8.5 million souls is home to nearly two million Jews and hundreds of thousands of Muslims.

Hanukkah commemorates one of the great victories in the history of Judaism when, in the second century B.C.E., A small group recaptured the desecrated Temple in Jerusalem. The tiny vial they found to relight the candelabra, which was supposed to last a day, actually lasted eight. For eight days, at nightfall, worshippers light a flame on a candlestick called a "chanukkah," placed in the doorway or window.

Source: leparis

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