Explosive device found in mailbox at George Soros’s New York home

Device detonated by sappers at residence of Jewish philanthropist, who is a favored target of right-wing groups; police say he was not home at the time

George Soros, Founder and Chairman of the Open Society Foundations as he arrives for a meeting in Brussels, April 27, 2017.
George Soros, Founder and Chairman of the Open Society Foundations as he arrives for a meeting in Brussels, April 27, 2017. (AFP/OLIVIER HOSLET)

An explosive device was found on Monday in the mailbox at the New York home of Jewish Hungarian-American philanthropist George Soros, authorities said.

CNN reported that the device was a viable pipe bomb and the case has been turned over to the FBI’s Joint Terrorism Task Force for investigation.

Soros was not home at the time and there is no ongoing threat to the public, officials said.

A law enforcement official told the New York Times that the device was “proactively detonated” by sappers after they arrived on the scene in the town of Bedford in Westchester.

“An employee of the residence opened the package, revealing what appeared to be an explosive device,” the police said in a statement, according to the newspaper. “The employee placed the package in a wooded area and called the Bedford police.”

Soros, a Holocaust survivor, is a frequent target of right-wing conspiracy theorists who often employ anti-Semitic tropes.

Since 1979, he has funneled tens of billions of dollars into his Open Society Foundations (OSF), which in turn fund civil society groups around the world.

President Donald Trump’s claimed that demonstrators against his beleaguered Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh were paid by Soros, with some accusing the president of spreading an anti-Semitic conspiracy theory and a major American newspaper calling out his statement as flagrantly untrue.

Last week fliers blaming Jews for the sexual assault allegations against Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh depicting Soros were found in seemingly random locations around the United States.

Earlier this month Rudy Giuliani — former New York City mayor and current lawyer for President Donald Trump — retweeted a tweet calling George Soros the “anti-Christ.” The original tweet also suggested that Soros’ assets should be frozen.

In May, actress Roseanne Barr came under fire for a tweet repeating a falsehood popular in some conservative circles that the liberal billionaire was a Nazi collaborator — a narrative that has problematic echoes in Holocaust denial.

Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban came under fire for launching a poster campaign targeting the Hungarian-born Soros, accusing him of seeking to flood the country with refugees.

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