January 21, 2022

FBI, Jewish Federation of Greater El Paso Come Together to Urge Public to Report Threats, Suspicious Activity

The FBI has reaffirmed its commitment to protect the Jewish community in El Paso and West Texas from any potential threats after the Texas synagogue attack.

Special Agent in Charge Jeffrey R. Downey of the FBI El Paso Field Office joined Mr. Robert French, Executive Director of Jewish Federation of Greater El Paso and the Jewish Community Foundation of El Paso, in urging the public to report any threats or suspicious activity.

“The FBI El Paso Field Office has a very close and enduring relationship with the Jewish community in El Paso,” SAC Downey said. “I have personally reached out to several Jewish leaders to assure them we will never lose sight of the threat extremists pose to the Jewish community and to other religious, racial, and ethnic groups. We continue to work with the Jewish Federation of Greater El Paso, the Anti-Defamation League, and others to protect members of the Jewish community from all potential threats. Additionally, we will continue to establish and build trusted relationships across West Texas, maintain open dialogue, and share critical information. We ask that you reach out to us if you see something suspicious or threatening.”

“We have always maintained a strong and open connection with the FBI El Paso Field Office. Not just the Jewish Federation of Greater El Paso, but our local Jewish schools and places of worship, too,” Mr. French said. “They have always made themselves fully available in terms of safety, training and consultation. This act of terror in Colleyville, has only strengthened our resolve to work together to combat hatred, bigotry, anti-Semitism and intolerance towards us and other religious, ethnic and racial groups. As International Holocaust Remembrance Day approaches next week (January 27)—it is incumbent upon us to ensure that the lessons learned during the darkest stain on humanity are not forgotten.”

Anyone who is aware of threats or other suspicious activity should contact the FBI at 1-800-CALL-FBI or go to tips.fbi.gov.