Threats force Jewish centers across the US to evacuate

Vandals damaged headstones at Waad Hakolel Cemetery in Rochester N.Y

Police Supt. Neil Corrigan said that "in light of recent events around the world, we felt that out of an abundance of caution it was more than appropriate to ensure everyone's safety", and close the entire area down.

"Our security director held meetings after every bomb threat where parents could voice concerns", she said.

The NYPD and FBI are investigating the incidents.

Federal authorities arrested a former journalist, Juan Thompson, 31, in St. Louis last week on a cyberstalking charge in connection with some of the threats.

During his joint address to Congress last week, President Trump denounced the recent bomb threats against Jewish centers and vandalism of Jewish cemeteries.

In the aftermath of bomb threats Tuesday targeting Jewish community centers near Rochester and Syracuse, Gov. Andrew Cuomo is directing the New York State Police to investigate the incidents.

Portland, OR police confirmed a threat to Mittleman Jewish Community Center on Monday evening. The Anti-Defamation League also tweeted early Tuesday that multiple officers have received bomb threats. Law enforcement personnel are responding.




Through the first week of March, more than 100 incidents of anti-Jewish activity have been reported in 33 states, according to the Jewish Federations of North America.

A Jewish centre in the city's Annex neighbourhood has reopened after it was evacuated due to a threatening phone call on Tuesday morning.

De Blasio vowed Tuesday that the city would thoroughly investigate the crimes and urged New Yorkers to call in any tips they may have to help prevent more. None of the threats have been substantiated, and it is unclear whether the calls are coordinated. The Anti-Defamation League also tweeted news about their threat.

In Providence, Rhode Island, an administrator at the Jewish Community Day School, attached to a synagogue, received a threat Tuesday morning alleging there was a shooter with an assault rifle on the roof of the building, police said.

Officials say this latest threat prompts them to review operations and their response.

Led by Sens. Gary Peters, D-Mich; Rob Portman, R-Ohio; Bill Nelson, D-Fla;. and Marco Rubio, R-Fla., the lawmakers are requesting the Justice Department, Homeland Security Department and Federal Bureau of Investigation take "swift action" to stop the threats against Jewish Community Centers and other Jewish institutions.

Targeted were 96 institutions, a dozen Jewish day schools and two ADL offices.

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