Brazilian Federal Police, with the help of the Mossad, have launched an operation to prevent terrorist attacks which are being planned against Jewish communities in Brazil.
The announcement stated that police are attempting to dismantle organizations planning attacks and "recruiting Brazilians to carry out extreme acts in the country."
Two temporary arrest warrants have been issued, and raids have been conducted at 11 locations across Minas Gerais, São Paulo, and the federal capital of Brasília. One suspect was arrested at Sao Paulo’s Guarulhos International Airport right after he landed from Lebanon.
The targets of the terrorist plot included several synagogues, according to local reports.
The Mossad stated: "The Brazilian security services, together with the Mossad and its partners in the Israeli security community, alongside additional international security and enforcement agencies, have foiled a terrorist attack in Brazil, which had been planned by the Hezbollah terrorist organization, directed and financed by the Iranian regime. This was an extensive network that operated in additional countries."
"The Mossad thanks the Brazilian security services for the arrest of a terrorist cell that was operated by Hezbollah in order to carry out an attack on Israeli and Jewish targets in Brazil.
"Given the backdrop of the war in Gaza against the Hamas terrorist organization, Hezbollah and the Iranian regime are continuing to operate around the world in order to attack Israeli, Jewish and Western targets.
"The Mossad is working, and will continue to work, to thwart these efforts wherever necessary, by various methods" the Mossad statement concluded.
The suspects are reportedly linked to Hezbollah, the Iranian proxy terrorist organization which has a large footprint in Latin America and has been linked to previous terrorist attacks against Jewish targets in South America such as the AIMA bombings of 1993 in which 85 people were murdered.
Daniel Bialski, the vice president of Conib, Brazil's main Jewish organization, expressed alarm over the plot but thanked the police for their work to stop the threat before the attacks are committed.
Brazil has seen a 760% rise in antisemitic incidents in the last three years. There has been a global wave of antisemitic incidents since the Hamas massacre of over 1,400 people in southern Israel on October 7.