The Islamic State’s release on July 3rd of a new “kill list” prompted U.S. Department of Homeland Security officials to brief American Jewish leaders on the possible threat of terrorism to prominent Jewish figures and synagogues. The latest ISIS statement is not the first “ISIS kill list” to target American citizens. News of one broke in early June on the site Vocativ, which reported on a list published online which targeted over 8,000 Americans - including Hollywood celebrities and Silicon Valley executives.
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Some 200 Jewish leaders joined the conference call on Friday organized by the Secure Community Network, the security arm of the national Jewish community, in the wake of the ISIS list that included members of synagogues and churches among some 1,700 individuals. The names of the synagogue members were pulled from the synagogue websites, among other sources, according to SCN.
The SITE group, which tracks terrorist activity, spotted the list.
“The lists appear to be directed toward ‘lone wolf’ ISIS supporters who may be inspired to carry out attacks,” SCN said in a statement, using one of the acronyms for the terrorist group.
“However, there have been no reported incidents to date in which an ISIS-inspired individual has carried out an attack on any individual appearing on these lists.”
The lists are released through online forums. Host websites often remove the lists soon after they appear, but they often crop up again.
Previous lists have targeted business leaders and military personnel. The lists appear culled from the internet. Homeland Security officials are contacting those named on the lists. According to Vocativ, previous ISIS “kill lists” have targetted everyone from, “Minnesota cops to State Department employees and ordinary Americans.”
Previous reporting on ISIS kill lists noted the individuals named on lists were not contacted by law enforcement officials. Circa reported on June 27, 2016 that, “in Texas alone, Circa identified 22 people in a sampling of 24 names who did not receive any notification (from the FBI) that they were in ISIS’s crosshairs.”