FBI Director Chris Wray on Wednesday told the House Homeland Security Committee there have been “multiple investigations into individuals affiliated” with Hamas by federal law enforcement since the terrorist organization’s October 7 attack on Israel.
Wray told the committee that the most immediate concerns included Hamas-inspired “homegrown violent extremists” and “domestic violent extremists targeting Jewish Americans or other faith communities.”
It was the second time Wray testified before the Homeland Security Committee since the October 7 attack sparked the Israel-Hamas war in the Middle East.
On October 31, Wray also pointed to Hamas-inspired threats, though he noted that there was no indication that Hamas intends to attack inside the U.S.—nor that it has the capacity to do so.
“The reality is that the terrorism threat has been elevated throughout 2023, but the ongoing war in the Middle East has raised the threat of an attack against Americans in the United States to a whole ‘nother level,” Wray said last month.
On Wednesday, Wray told the committee that historically, investigations into people tied to Hamas have been focused on their financial support to the terrorist group, but the FBI continues to examine intelligence “to assess how the threat may be evolving.”
He added, “Americans should continue to be alert and careful, but they shouldn’t stop going about their daily lives,”