In light of the current conflict between Israel and the Palestinian militant group Hamas, federal officials issued a major new warning on Thursday over the growing threat presented by “violent extremists and lone offenders” on American land.
The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) jointly released a news release stating that since their initial alarm earlier this month, the threat level has grown.
According to the federal agencies, they have come across aggressive internet speech that incites attacks against the Muslim, Jewish, and Arab American communities nationwide, as well as fictitious bomb threats that target houses of worship.
The bulletin announced the death of 6-year-old Wadea Al-Fayoume, who was stabbed by his landlord earlier this month, seriously injuring his mother.
The event is being looked into as a possible hate crime.
Two weeks have passed since Hamas’ unexpected attack on Israel, which claimed 1,400 lives in Israel. About 200 more people were captured by the extremist organization.
The federal agencies also stated in their bulletin that Hamas has been ordered by other terrorist groups, including the Islamic State (ISIS) and al-Qaida, to carry out attacks on American bases, airports, battleships, and embassies in countries with a majority Muslim population, as well as on Jewish communities in Europe and the United States.
The agencies also observed that false material about the violence is being disseminated online by Iranian official media.