Tuesday marks the sixth wave of bomb threats against Jewish institutions, with community centers, day schools and Anti-Defamation League offices targeted.
Threats were made before noon against JCCs in Birmingham, Ala.; Davie, Fla.; Rockville, Md.; Rochester, N.Y.; Portland, Ore.; and Milwaukee, Wis. Two JCCs outside the U.S. were also affected, in Toronto and London, Ontario. The Chicago Jewish Day School was also evacuated after receiving a bomb threat, as was the New York City headquarters of the Anti-Defamation League and three of its branch offices in Washington D.C., Atlanta and Boston.
The JCC in Syracuse, New York is also currently under lockdown. Paul Goldenberg, director of Secure Community Network, the security arm of the Jewish Federations of North America, told the Jewish Telegraphic Agency that the threat there was different from the others but wouldn’t describe how or if it was more or less credible.
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New York State Senate Majority Leader John J. Flanagan said that the multiple threats made in his state alone were “another painful reminder that there is more work to be done in apprehending and rooting out those who traffic in anti-Semitism and bigotry.”
Meanwhile, Governor Andrew Cuomo announced a “full investigation” into the threats in Rochester and Syracuse, calling them “reprehensible crimes.”
“These incidents go against every tenet of our state’s tradition, and we will continue to send a strong message that New York has zero tolerance for intolerance,” Cuomo said.