US synagogue's website visited from Egypt: report

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A rabbi at one of the Chicago synagogues allegedly targeted by explosive packages from Yemen said the community's website was visited dozens of times recently by individuals from Egypt, The Wall Street Journal reported late Saturday.

The newspaper said that Rabbi Michael Zedek from Chicago's lakeside Emanuel Congregation had also been told by a source that there were four bombs targeting Chicago's synagogues instead of the two originally reported.

The report came after Yemeni authorities arrested a woman suspected of sending mail bombs on two US-bound flights in an alleged Al-Qaeda plot that Britain said was aimed at blowing up at least one of the planes.

The arrest came a day after two packages containing explosives and addressed to Jewish places of worship in Chicago were intercepted on cargo aircraft in Dubai and Britain, triggering a massive international security alert.

US President Barack Obama has made it clear he suspects the involvement of Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP), the Yemen-based branch of Osama bin Laden's extremist network.

Zedek said that Emanuel Congregation was allegedly not the specific target of the bomb, but Congregation Or Chadash, a sister synagogue housed within Emanuel was thought to be a target, The Journal noted.

Or Chadash is a gay and lesbian synagogue, the report said.

Zedek said he had learned earlier Saturday that Emanuel's web administrator had recently discovered that the congregation's website had been visited 83 times on one day by somebody in Egypt, the paper said.

Zedek was concerned and questioned why anybody in Egypt would be interested in visiting Emanuel Congregation's site.

"I think we're interesting, but not that interesting," he is quoted by the Journal as saying. "We are planning on sharing it with the authorities."

© 2010 AFP

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