Janet Napolitano
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US concerned about Hezbollah attacks against Jews

Homeland security secretary says authorities 'constantly monitoring' threats by Shiite group against Jewish groups in US

Washington is concerned that Hezbollah may try to target Jewish groups on US soil, Ynet learned Thursday.


US Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano said that American authorities were "closely monitoring" the Shiite group's activities and chatter in the USl.


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Last week, the US Homeland Security Department last week held a conference call with various Jewish groups about the possibility that the Iran-backed terror group might target them.


Speaking before the US House Homeland Security Committee Napolitano said that the US "is not aware of a specific or credible threat against any organization," but is monitoring the situation nonetheless.


Napolitano told lawmakers Wednesday that the Homeland Security Department has contacted Jewish organizations around the country and is working with the FBI and other law enforcement and intelligence agencies.


She said there is no specific or credible threat against any organization or target in the United States, which considers Hezbollah a terrorist group.


Iran has been accused of launching a series of attacks against Israeli interests this week in Thailand, Georgia and India. Hezbollah is closely allied with Iran. The Defense Department estimates that Hezbollah receives between $100 million and $200 million a year in funding from Iran.


AP contributed to this report



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