Threat emailed to West Hartford JCC Wednesday morning

Mar 09, 2017, 00:33
Threat emailed to West Hartford JCC Wednesday morning

Also on Tuesday, two suburban Jewish community centres in upstate NY were shut down when someone phoned in bomb threats, authorities said.

In Canada, centers in Toronto and Ontario also said they received threats.

Also evacuated according to a Facebook posting was the JCC in Milwaukee, which also includes a day care center.

Even before the most recent threats were made, the mayor, NYPD officials and Jewish community leaders already planned to meet Tuesday to discuss the rise of anti-Semitic acts.

Another round of violent threats has forced evacuations at Jewish community centres across the USA and Canada, and prompted lawmakers to press the Trump administration to take immediate action. On Friday, March 3rd, they arrested a Missouri man accused of making at least eight of the threats nationwide.

"We can not allow hatred to become routine", she said in the statement released on Wednesday.

"This is not 'normal, '" Jonathan Greenblatt, the CEO of the Anti-Defamation League, said in a statement.

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This is the second time the Manhattan office has received a bomb threat in less than two weeks.

The Mandell JCC was evacuated once before due to the threat on January 18.

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said via Twitter his office was directing an investigation into the bomb threats made Tuesday morning at Brighton and DeWitt JCCs, and the Anti-Defamation League headquarters.

Bomb threats were called in Tuesday at the offices of a prominent Jewish civil rights organization, while several other Jewish Community Centers and schools across the country were similarly targeted, police said. "We are concerned that the number of incidents is accelerating and failure to address and deter these threats will place innocent people at risk", the senators wrote.

Last week, police made an arrest in connection with a bomb threat made at the Manhattan ADL office on February 22.

In their letter, senators thanked the departments for their ongoing efforts on the issue and asked each to "inform us of the actions that your departments plan to take to address threats against these and other religious institutions".

"It's important for the Jewish community to stand firm that we will continue to send our children to Jewish day schools, we will continue to use the JCCs, and we will support Jewish organizations that do work for everyone in the community", he said.