Jewish community centre in Vancouver evacuated after second threat in a week

Mar 14, 2017, 00:38
Jewish community centre in Vancouver evacuated after second threat in a week

Andrew Cuomo has ordered an investigation into another bomb threat against the Jewish Community Center in Rochester.

At least seven Jewish community centers in the United States and Canada received bomb threats while they were hosting Purim events.

"People are anxious about whether to send their kids to school and attend programs, if they should come, what type of security there is, and just in general, about bomb threats and violence", said Tal Toubiana, the federation's chief of security.

Threats were reported at JCCs serving Rochester, New York, Chicago, Illinois, Indianapolis, Indiana, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Vancouver, British Columbia, and Houston, Texas.

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KHOU reports that Hodin, as well as other members of the Whitefish Bay Jewish Community Center, were quick to praise the efforts by law enforcement officials when it came to dealing with the emailed bomb threat. Security officers searched the building and determined the threat was not credible, Hyman and Semel wrote in their email.

Tuesday's threat happened at about 9 p.m., as about a dozen Jewish organizations around North America received similar threats that day. After weeks of silence, the president finally condemned the "horrible" attacks in late February. "And as we take all of these precautions, we are also adamant in our conviction that we will not allow the toxicity of intolerance and growing climate of hate to define who we are, how we live and what our nation can be", he wrote. It read: "The Holocaust is fake news".

On Friday, vandals defaced Seattle synagogue Temple De Hirsch Sinai by spray painting Holocaust-denying graffiti onto an exterior wall. KING reported the temple made a decision to keep the graffiti uncovered so people could see what happened.

Seattle police are investigating the incident as a hate crime. Founded in 1899, the temple has the largest Reform congregation in the Pacific Northwest.