The risk for a terrorist attack to happen in the state of New York has been increasing steadily in the last month, as a “direct result” of the terrorist attack taken out by Hamas against Israel in early October.
The New York State Intelligence Center conducted a threat assessment recently, saying “chatter about targets in New York” has gone up recently.
According to the report, the fact that Israel has entered Gaza to go after Hamas “raises the likelihood that violent extremist threat actors will seek to conduct attacks against targets in the West, with New York State being a focus. Terrorist messaging has placed focus on attacking ‘soft targets’ such as protests, group gatherings and other public events.”
This report was released just as some Islamic terror groups have called for people to carry out terror attacks within the United States after Hamas’ attack. New York, of course, was the site of the worst terrorist attack in the history of the world, when almost 3,000 Americans died during the September 11, 2001, attacks carried out by al-Qaeda.
With that in mind, New York Democratic Governor Kathy Hochul said her administration has already taken some steps so that the Joint Terrorism Task Force has more resources at its disposal.
As she said recently:
“We are working with all law enforcement, federal, state and local, statewide.”
Calls for violence have definitely increased, according to Jackie Bay, who serves as the commissioner of the New York State Division of the Department of Homeland Security. That being said, there haven’t been credible threats against any event or group yet.
The most immediate concerns of federal law enforcement, according to FBI Director Christopher Wray, is that “violent extremists, individuals or small groups, will draw inspiration from the events in the Middle East to carry out attacks against Americans going about their daily lives.
“That includes not just homegrown violent extremists, inspired by a foreign terrorist organization, but also domestic violent extremists.”
For instance, the FBI recently arrested a Palestinian man in Houston who allegedly was planning to carry out a terror attack against some Jewish people.
It’s always a concern that terror attacks stateside could erupt as a result of what’s going on in other parts of the world. This becomes a particular concern when the region in question is the Middle East.
Palestinians and other Islamic groups lash out at the U.S. many times because of their ongoing support for Israel, which they say isn’t right, given that they believe Israel is carrying out plenty of atrocities of its own.
Yet, Hamas is considered an official terrorist organization by the U.S. government, so it will naturally do anything it can to help Israel – one of its top allies – fight them off.
President Joe Biden has confirmed America’s ongoing commitment to supporting Israel, although to this point, that support hasn’t included U.S. military troops in the country. It likely won’t come to that, either, at least not any time soon.