More threats against Jewish Community Centers across the nation

More threats against Jewish Community Centers across the nation

More threats against Jewish Community Centers across the nation

The Jewish Telegraphic Agency reported that at least eight Jewish community centers and Jewish day schools across the country received bomb threats on Monday.

"Pennsylvania's Jewish community is outraged at the cowardly and spineless actions of people who secretly desecrate Jewish cemeteries and anonymously call in bomb threats against the Jewish communities", said Matthew Handel, head of the Pennsylvania Jewish Coalition.

U.S. Rep. Don Beyer, D-8th, noted in a message on Twitter that the threats were "deeply disturbing and unacceptable".

During Monday afternoon's press conference, White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer mentioned Monday's threats against Jewish community centers and recent vandalism at Jewish cemeteries.

"Anti-Semitism of this nature should not be and must not be allowed to endure in our communities", said David Posner, director of strategic performance at the JCC Association of North America. The threats were found to "hoax" threats by authorities.

The latest rash of threats against Jewish centers is the fifth since the beginning of 2017, bringing the number of threats in the United States and Canada to at least 80 reported before the end of February.

Locally, Lancaster County does not have a Jewish community center.

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Police say officers and K-9 units checked the building and did not find any such devices.

Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro confirmed there are several threats to Jewish institutions around Pennsylvania. "We will continue to stand up to those who seek to divide us". "We will not take these threats and acts lightly", he said.

Since the start of 2017, dozens of bomb threats have been made against Jewish community centers; this is at least the fifth wave of threats in the past two months.

A bomb threat was called into the Asheville Jewish Community Center, according to Asheville Police Dept.

Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino said, "The bomb threats made today against two Jewish community centers in Westchester are hate crimes that will not be tolerated in our county".

Many people were evacuated but no bombs were found. JCC centers on Staten Island also received threats on Monday along with centers in Alabama, Delaware, Florida, Indiana, Maryland, Michigan, North Carolina, Pennsylvania and Virginia, according to the JCC Association of North America. There were no reports of injuries at any of the locations.

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