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PostPosted: Wed Mar 01, 2017 1:59 pm    Post subject: 100's of Jewish Centres in US have seen bomb threats Reply with quote

Jewish center bomb threats top 100; kids pulled from schools

By Eric Levenson and AnneClaire Stapleton, CNN


Updated 9:30 AM ET, Wed March 1, 2017



Story highlights
Law enforcement officials believe many of the calls have originated overseas
President Trump denounces the threats in his first address to Congress


(CNN) — They're supposed to be pillars of unity and peace, where both Jews and non-Jews can enjoy classes, sports and other communal activities.

But more than 100 Jewish community centers have turned into targets of hate, subjected to bomb threats as fears of heightened anti-Semitism spread across the country.

The threats have reached such a crescendo that President Donald Trump used his speech to Congress on Tuesday night to address the issue.


Jewish center bomb threats spread across country 01:20

"Recent threats targeting Jewish community centers and vandalism of Jewish cemeteries, as well as last week's shooting in Kansas City, remind us that while we may be a nation divided on policies, we are a country that stands united in condemning hate and evil in all of its very ugly forms," the President said.

The President was referring to the toppling of dozens of Jewish headstones in cemeteries in two cities and the shooting of two Indian men in Kansas February 22 by an assailant who reportedly shouted, "Get out of my country!" One of the men died.

Latest on JCC bomb threats

•Over 100 bomb threats have been received across 33 US states and 2 Canadian provinces
•Law enforcement sources say they think many of the threats originated overseas.
•The FBI and the Justice Department are investigating whether civil rights have been violated
•Trump mentioned the bomb threats in his speech Tuesday, but did not outline a plan to stop them


Law enforcement officials believe many of the threatening calls to Jewish community centers have originated overseas. So far, none of the threats have been carried out. But the lack of destruction has not made them any less chaotic or anxiety-inducing.

"This is the first time in the 60-plus years of our organization we have had a bomb threat called in. And now we've had three bomb threats this year," said the CEO of a JCC in the Northeast who wished to remain anonymous for fear of copycats targeting his center. "It's alarming."

The alarm from the bomb threats, combined with the recent vandalism at Jewish cemeteries in St. Louis and in Philadelphia, have led some to see a pattern of rising anti-Semitism.

The series of bomb threats in recent weeks has disrupted day-to-day life, sparked fear in tight-knit communities, and raised questions about what the federal government is doing to find out who's responsible. "You ask me are the feds doing enough? And I'm really not sure," the anonymous CEO said.


The waves of threats

The incidents made national news when, on January 9, 15 Jewish centers and schools received bomb threats. Since then, the threats have occurred in waves, with a series of threats on January 18, January 31, February 20.

The latest wave came Monday, with another 31 threats called in to 23 JCCs and schools -- bringing the total number of threats to 100.




Jewish community centers, or JCCs, function as hubs of communal activity for Jews and non-Jews alike. They host art and sports classes for children and adults, and help create connected communities.

The threats have not been limited to the Northeast, or to the United States. They have targeted 81 different locations, spread across 33 states and two Canadian provinces, according to data from the JCC Association of North America.

They are disrupting the routine and the feeling of security in the affected centers, with adults, children and infants forced to evacuate at a moment's notice.

But on a deeper level, the threats have functioned like terrorism, shattering the idea of safety.

Joycie Porter of Syosset, New York, and her husband were at a JCC when a bomb threat came in. She said she and a group of kids from the nursery were ushered outside until it was safe to go back in.

"It's just very disheartening," Porter told CNN affiliate News 12 Long Island. "It's really a terrible time for us."

Rick Lewis is a parent of three teenagers and the CEO of Mid-Island JCC in Plainview, New York, so the threats hit him both professionally and personally.

"It was a tiring day because not only do I have three children, but I have 250 children in my nursery school that I feel responsible for."

Parents have pulled their children from JCCs across the country since the threats began. In a JCC in Orlando, Florida, which has received two threats, 50 students have withdrawn from the school. In Albany, New York, 12 families have removed their children.


Related Video: JCCs threatened, Jewish cemeteries vandalized 01:16

Dr. Jaime Huysman is the parent of a student at David Posnack JCC in Davie, Florida, which received a threat on Monday. Huysman told CNN affiliate WSVN that the threat was "particularly scary."

"My father's a Holocaust survivor, and I just called him up, and he's crying on the phone," Huysman said.

In Birmingham, Alabama, the Levite Jewish Community Center has received three bomb threats in the past six weeks, including one on Monday to its N.E. Miles Jewish Day School, the center's executive director Betzy Lynch said.

Lynch said her message to worried students, parents and community members is: "We have to be resilient, be tenacious. Show up. We will continue to live life as it should be."

Lynch said 67% of the people who use the JCC are of faiths other than Jewish.

Though the threats have interrupted their day -- and caused some fear -- people are still coming to the center, she said. Only about five of the 200 families attending the center have since left. In fact, more people have joined as a sign of solidarity, she said. "People aren't standing for this," Lynch said.


Status of the investigation

The FBI said the bureau and the Justice Department's Civil Rights division are "investigating possible civil rights violations in connection with threats to Jewish Community Centers across the country."

But details on that investigation have been scarce, and it's difficult to know the extent of these threats. Are they all connected? Is this all the work of just one person, or more?

Paul Goldenberg, national director of the Secure Community Network, which advises Jewish organizations on security, said the calls are "unprecedented" for their methodical approach and their sophisticated use of voice-masking technology.

JTA News, a Jewish news service, posted audio of one of the bomb threats. In it, a disguised voice warns that a C-4 bomb has been placed in the JCC and that "a large number of Jews are going to be slaughtered."




"They could be 15 or 60 years old. These masking technologies are very effective," Goldenberg said.

"I'm in touch with the FBI frequently every day, and I know they're working on this investigation very aggressively," he said.

Jewish leaders have called for a more robust response from the government, both in word and action.

"Anti-Semitism of this nature should not and must not be allowed to endure in our communities," the JCC Association of North America said in a statement.

"The Justice Department, Homeland Security, the FBI, and the White House, alongside Congress and local officials, must speak out -- and speak out forcefully -- against this scourge of anti-Semitism impacting communities across the country," the JCC said.


White House response questioned

The White House in particular had been a target of criticism for its response -- or the lack of one. The President did mention the threats in his speech Tuesday evening, but did not outline a plan to stop them.

Two weeks ago, Trump said a Jewish reporter had "lied" and told him to "sit down" after the reporter asked about the White House's plan to address anti-Semitism.


"No. 1, I am the least anti-Semitic person that you've ever seen in your entire life," Trump said. "No. 2, racism. The least racist person. In fact, we did very well relative to other people running as a Republican."

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PostPosted: Wed Mar 01, 2017 2:00 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Trump says threats against Jewish centres could be work of provocateurs, not anti-Semitism


Graeme Hamilton | March 1, 2017 12:52 AM ET
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Police dust for fingerprints on one of the more than 100 headstones that were knocked down at Mount Carmel Cemetery in Philadelphia on Sunday, Feb. 26, 2017.

Michael Bryant/The Philadelphia Inquirer via APPolice dust for fingerprints on one of the more than 100 headstones that were knocked down at Mount Carmel Cemetery in Philadelphia on Sunday, Feb. 26, 2017..
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A wave of bomb threats against Jewish schools and centres in the United States and Canada may be “reprehensible” but may not be anti-Semitism, President Donald Trump is reported to have said.

The most recent wave of threats Monday targeted 31 facilities across the U.S. in Canada, including a community centre in Calgary that was evacuated just before 6 p.m.

David Posner of the Jewish Community Centre Association of North America responded with a plea to federal officials, including the White House, to speak out “against this scourge of anti-Semitism impacting communities across the country.”

Ryan Hartman, director of the Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs’ national community security program, said the calls received in Canada, like those in the United States, featured an automated or altered voice. One message obtained by the Jewish news agency JTA in January warned of a “bloodbath” and said “a large number of Jews are going to be slaughtered.”

Hartman said the large number of threats in the United States has led to heightened vigilance in Canada. “We are very much prepared for this type of thing,” he said. “Unfortunately, it has happened in the past, but not at the same volume as we’re seeing, particularly in the U.S

Pence Condemns Vandalism at Jewish Cemetery 1:49


In a meeting Tuesday with state attorneys general, Trump played down the possibility that the threats — 100 in two months — have been the work of anti-Semites, and said it could be provocateurs trying to make “others” look bad.

According to Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro, a Democrat, who arranged a conference call with reporters to relay Trump’s comments Tuesday, the president said the recent threats and vandalism against Jewish institutions were “reprehensible” but might not necessarily reflect anti-Semitism, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported.

Sometimes, the president said, “the reverse can be true,” Shapiro reported, according to the Post-Gazette. “Someone’s doing it to make others look bad.” Shapiro said he found the comment “a bit curious.”

Trump’s comments echoed those of his adviser Anthony Scaramucci, who wrote on Twitter Tuesday morning that it’s “not yet clear” who is behind the threats, suggesting it could be a false flag operation. “Don’t forget (Democrats’) effort to incite violence at Trump rallies,” he wrote, linking to a Breitbart story claiming trained agitators were to blame for violence at Trump election events.

Calgary’s Jewish Community Centre was caught up in the rash of threats Monday. A centre in London, Ont., received a similar threat on Jan. 31. In all cases in Canada and the United States, the threats have proven to be unfounded.

Judy Shapiro, associate executive director of the Calgary Jewish Federation, said the threat was phoned in at about 5:45 p.m. “It’s always a shock, but was it unexpected? Not really, because it’s been happening all over the States,” Shapiro said in an interview.

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She said police were called and the building was emptied for the evening while staff did a sweep to make sure there were no suspicious items. On Tuesday morning, she said, the parking lot was full as people returned to the centre undeterred by the threat.

“Obviously the community is responding the way we should, which is, we’re not going to let crazies who are trying to make us fearful take over our lives,” she said.

B’nai Brith, which tracks anti-Semitic incidents in Canada, has not noticed an unusual increase since Trump’s election. Ryan Bellerose, the Jewish group’s Western Canada advocacy co-ordinator, said anti-Semitic acts surge slightly for a few months after any major world event.

“Until they investigate these bomb threats and can find who are the actual culprits, I would hesitate before I would say this is right-wing anti-Semitism that’s attributable to what’s going on in the States,” Bellerose said.

“Anti-Semitism is one of the few kinds of hatreds that is agreed upon by far-left and far-right extremists.”

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PostPosted: Wed Mar 01, 2017 2:01 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Security advisory issued after bomb threats at Jewish schools, centres across U.S.

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Rabbi Joshua Bolton of the University of Pennsylvania's Hillel Center surveys damaged headstones at Mount Carmel cemetery Monday, Feb. 27, 2017, in Philadelphia. (Jacqueline Larma/THE ASSOCIATED PRESS)
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Meredith MacLeod, CTVNews.ca
Published Monday, February 27, 2017 5:09PM EST
Last Updated Monday, February 27, 2017 8:15PM EST


A national Jewish civil rights organization is urging institutions across the United States to ramp up their security efforts amid a wave of bomb threats phoned into Jewish community centres and schools in as many as 12 U.S. states Monday.

The threats to 13 community centres and eight schools were determined to be hoaxes but it’s the fifth such wave of threats this year, raising fears of surging levels of anti-Semitism. In all, nearly 90 bomb threats have been called into Jewish institutions this year, according to the Anti-Defamation League.

The incidents, along with vandalism to Jewish cemeteries and the appearance of graffiti using Nazi swastikas, have left many on edge and calling for President Donald Trump to forcefully speak out against hate crimes.


Jewish community centres and schools in Alabama, Delaware, Florida, Indiana, Maryland, Michigan, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island and Virginia were evacuated Monday, according to the ADL. For some of the targeted schools and centres, this is the third time they’ve had to initiate an evacuation this year.

“While this latest round of bomb threats to Jewish community centres and day schools across the country again appears to not be credible, we are nonetheless urging all Jewish institutions to review their procedures,” said ADL CEO Jonathan Greenblatt.

He said the ADL’s national headquarters also recently received a bomb threat.

He urged Jewish institutions to review bomb protocols from the FBI and Department of Homeland Security, along with safety manuals provided by the ADL. Last month, the organization announced it would convene local security training in partnership with the FBI.

While the ADL focused on security Monday, another national Jewish organization said the community “must see swift and concerted action from federal officials” to find those responsible.

“Anti-Semitism of this nature should not and must not be allowed to endure in our communities,” David Posner, the director of strategic performance at the JCC Association of North America, said in a statement.

“The Justice Department, Homeland Security, the FBI, and the White House, alongside Congress and local officials, must speak out – and speak out forcefully – against this scourge of anti-Semitism impacting communities across the country.”

Attorney General Jeff Sessions called the vandalism and bomb threats serious, unacceptable behaviour and said the department will "do what it can to assist in pushing back ... and prosecuting anybody that we can prove to be a part of it."

"We are a nation that is a diverse constituency, and we don't need these kind of activities," Sessions said.

White House press secretary Sean Spicer said Monday the investigations will be handled by law enforcement at the state and local level and that comment about what additional steps can be taken should come from the justice department.

“One of the things we can do is speak from this podium in particular and other places to make sure every American understands what our values are and that that kind of behaviour and activity is wrong and won’t be tolerated and the highest levels of government denounce it.”

In a tweet Monday, Hillary Clinton said: “With threats & hate crimes on rise, we shouldn’t have to tell @POTUS to do his part. He must step up & speak out.”

Clinton, the Democratic presidential nominee who lost to Trump in November, attached a story to her tweet about the widow of the victim of an apparently racially motivated attack in Kansas.

For his part, Trump has said he is the “least anti-Semitic person” in the world, noting his daughter Ivanka and her family are Jewish. But many Jewish groups say the president has not done enough to condemn white supremacists who lined up behind him during the campaign.

Trump also raised questions when his Holocaust Remembrance Day statement in January did not mention the six million Jewish victims of the Nazi regime.

The executive director of the Anne Frank Center last week accused Trump of being a “purveyor” of anti-Semitism who did not immediately address the rising tide of bomb threats and vandalism.

A national meeting of the ADL last fall was preoccupied with discussions of the rise of anti-Semitic imagery and harassment of Jews on social media and the apparent re-emergence of age-old anti-Jewish conspiracy theories thanks to the alt-right.

More than 100 headstones were vandalized at a Jewish cemetery in Philadelphia over the weekend, following vandalism to more than 150 headstones in suburban St. Louis less than a week before.

Vandalism featuring Nazi swastikas has also occurred in Miami Beach and Rhode Island in recent days. But it’s not limited to the United States. Police are also investigating disturbing incidents in Montreal, Toronto, Hamilton and Squamish, B.C. over the last week.

Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney says authorities there are doing everything possible to find those "who desecrated this final resting place."

The ADL and a police union are offering a $13,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of those responsible. A local building trades union is offering to repair the cemetery for free.

A Muslim crowdfunding effort to support the cemetery in Missouri has raised more than $136,000, and organizers say they will use some of the money for a Philadelphia cemetery where similar vandalism occurred.

The money raised so far is nearly seven times more than the original $20,000 goal and will be used to repair damage and upgrade security.

-With files from The Associated Press

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PostPosted: Wed Mar 01, 2017 2:03 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Trump denounces 'horrible' threats against Jewish centres



CTV National News: Anti-Semitism


President Trump responded to demands he condemn rising anti-Semitism, by calling it "horrible and painful." Joy Malbon reports.

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Catherine Lucey and Jim Salter, The Associated Press
Published Tuesday, February 21, 2017 10:30AM EST
Last Updated Tuesday, February 21, 2017 7:00PM EST


WASHINGTON - President Donald Trump on Tuesday condemned recent threats against Jewish community centres in the U.S. as "painful reminders" of lingering prejudice and evil, his first full-throated comments on the rise of anti-Semitic venom after pressure for him to speak out forcefully.

With his somewhat delayed denunciation, Trump sought to reset his relationship with American Jews, which has been strained by a recent White House statement on the Holocaust, comments by some of his supporters and his own fractious exchange with a reporter for an Orthodox Jewish publication.

Trump's latest remarks, made at the newly opened National Museum of African American History and Culture, marked the first time he directly addressed recent incidents of anti-Semitism. Earlier in the day, the White House put out a statement denouncing "hatred and hate-motivated violence" but not mentioning Jews, the weekend vandalism at a Jewish cemetery or multiple threats to community centres Monday.


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President Donald Trump tours the National Museum of African American History and Culture, Tuesday, Feb. 21, 2017, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Eleven Jewish community centres across the country received telephoned bomb threats, according to the JCC Association of North America. Like three waves of similar phone calls in January, the new threats proved to be hoaxes, the association said in a statement. In addition, as many as 200 headstones were damaged or tipped over at a Jewish cemetery in suburban St. Louis late Sunday or early Monday.

"The anti-Semitic threats targeting our Jewish community and community centres are horrible and are painful and a very sad reminder of the work that still must be done to root out hate and prejudice and evil," Trump said. He did not outline what that might entail.

On Monday, Trump's daughter Ivanka Trump wrote on Twitter, "We must protect our houses of worship & religious centres," and used the hashtag #JCC. She converted to Judaism ahead of her 2009 marriage to Jared Kushner. She joined her father at the African-American museum tour.

The FBI said it was joining with the Justice Department's Civil Rights Division to investigate "possible civil rights violations in connection with threats."

Ryan Lenz, spokesman for the Southern Poverty Law Center, said it has seen an uptick in incidents since Trump's election. "People are much more willing to express their bigoted selves than they were prior to the election," Lenz said.

Trump's statement Tuesday followed a series of episodes that put some American Jews on edge.

Last week at a news conference, Trump tangled with a reporter from an Orthodox Jewish publication, cutting him off as he asked about a rise in bomb threats. The president, who seemed to interpret the query as an attack on him personally, said it was "not a fair question" and went on to say he was the "least anti-Semitic person that you've ever seen in your entire life."

In January, the White House drew criticism for a statement commemorating the Holocaust that did not mention the murder of Jews, in contrast with previous administrations. The statement, criticized by the Anti-Defamation League and others, was defended by the White House as inclusive.

And throughout his campaign, Trump was criticized for what some saw as belated and inadequately forceful denunciations of hateful rhetoric by some of his supporters.

Trump's top strategist Stephen Bannon came under fire for stories published by Breitbart News, which he'd led before joining Trump's campaign. During the campaign, Trump at times appeared to play to stereotypes, including tweeting out an anti-Hillary Clinton image that included what appeared to be a Star of David atop a pile of money.

Still, Trump has won strong support in some circles as an impassioned backer of Israel.

Trump welcomed Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to the White House last week and signalled a new closeness between the countries as he withheld clear support for an independent Palestine and declared he could endorse a one-nation solution to the long dispute between Palestinians and Israel.

At a joint news conference, Trump called Israel a symbol of "survival in the face of genocide."

Trump's Tuesday comments were praised by several Jewish organizations.

Jonathan Greenblatt, chief executive of the Anti-Defamation League, the Jewish civil rights group that has been highly critical of Trump, called the statement an "important first step."

"I think the Jewish community has been looking for leadership from the president. I was encouraged to hear him step up and say that proactively and now we need to look for the follow-up so we can move from words to action," Greenblatt said.

Matt Brooks, executive director of the Republican Jewish Coalition, said in a statement that his group applauds "President Trump and his daughter Ivanka for their strong words in condemning these unspeakable actions."

Still, some said Trump had not done enough. On its Facebook page, the Anne Frank Center for Mutual Respect called Trump's Tuesday comments a "Band-Aid on the cancer of Antisemitism that has infected his own Administration."

White House spokesman Sean Spicer pushed back against those remarks at a news conference Tuesday. He said Trump has spoken forcefully against hate, arguing, "It's ironic that no matter how many times he talks about this that it's never good enough."

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PostPosted: Wed Mar 01, 2017 2:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

( there has also been some in Canada as well , London Ontario having seen one )


Bomb threat at London Jewish Centre a hoax

London Jewish Community Centre
The London Jewish Community Centre is seen on Tuesday, July 9, 2013.


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Published Tuesday, January 31, 2017 5:38PM EST



The bomb threat at the London Jewish Community Centre Tuesday turned out to be unsubstantiated.

Members of the centre informed police at 10:20 a.m. Tuesday that they had received a bomb threat at 536 Huron St.

Police, firefighters and EMS attended, and the building was evacuated.

Police say nothing was found during a thorough search and the all-clear was given 90 minutes later.

The bomb scare was one of a couple other threats in the U.S. Tuesday.

Jewish centres in Boulder, Colorado and Salt Lake City, Utah also reported threats that police found to be non-credible.

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PostPosted: Tue Mar 07, 2017 2:45 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

( there has been more bomb threats , this time in Toronto at a downtown jewish centre )

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March 7, 2017 1:47 pm Updated: March 7, 2017 2:16 pm


Toronto Jewish community centre evacuated after bomb threat amid incidents in London, Ont. and US

By Adam Miller Online Journalist Global News



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Police evacuated a Jewish community centre in Toronto’s Annex neighbourhood after a bomb threat Tuesday morning, amid reports of similar threats in London, Ont. and across the United States.

Toronto police responded to a call of a suspicious incident at the Downtown Community Jewish School, located inside the Miles Nadal Jewish Community Centre at 750 Spadina Ave., just after 10 a.m. Tuesday.

Const. Victor Kwong said the school received a threatening phone call and the Toronto police CBRN (Chemical Biological Radiological Nuclear) unit investigated on scene for two hours but found nothing suspicious.


Police evacuated the community centre, which also houses a daycare, out of an “abundance of caution” while TTC buses provided shelter on scene.

The Miles Nadal Jewish Community Centre said in a tweet they had reopened to the public just after 12:30 p.m.

“We have received the all clear,” the centre tweeted. “Thank you police and fire departments for their immediate and thorough response.”


Toronto Mayor John Tory said he was “heartened” by the fact everyone was evacuated from the centre safely and that police responded so quickly.

“But I’m deeply saddened by the fact that this would happen here and in other parts of North America,” he said. “It’s clearly part of some deranged pattern of anti-Semitic behaviour.”

He added that Toronto residents “completely reject that way of thinking” and that it is not welcome in the city.

“We don’t divide each other on those lines or any other lines,” Tory said. “So I hope today’s a reminder that we have to be ever-vigilant about those sorts of things.”

READ MORE: London Police investigate bomb threat at Jewish Community Centre


A similar incident was reported in London around the same time Tuesday morning.

London police responded to the Jewish Community Centre and Village Apartments, located near Huron Street and Adelaide Street North, around 10 a.m.

Const. Matthew Dawson told AM980 the centre received a bomb threat from an “unknown person” and evacuated roughly 120 people from the community centre, daycare and adjacent apartments.

Tuesday’s bomb threat is the second at the London community centre since January. Nothing suspicious was found in either incident.

President of the London Jewish Federation, Terry Marcus, said the incident in London was similar to threats received in Toronto and the U.S.

“It’s very disappointing that this is happening in all communities and to all people of different religions,” he told AM980.


“We have our protocols in place, we ensured the safety of all of our individuals in the building, and we continue to go with our programs and our lives.”

The Anti-Defamation League and several Jewish community centres across the U.S. received a new round of bomb threats Tuesday, adding to the scores they have been plagued with since January.

New York Police Department Chief of Detectives Robert Boyce said there were five threats in New York City on Tuesday morning, including to the Anti-Defamation League, which also received threats to offices in Atlanta, Boston and Washington, D.C.

The JCC Association of North America said several Jewish community centres received email or phone threats overnight and early Tuesday, but didn’t specify how many. Two suburban Jewish community centres in upstate New York were shut down when someone phoned in bomb threats, authorities said.

READ MORE: Trump reportedly suggests anti-Semitic bomb threats may have been manufactured

“JCC Association of North America confirms a developing situation in which several JCCs have received either emailed or phoned-in bomb threats overnight and this morning,” the association said in a statement.

“We will follow up with more information as it becomes available.”

The Anti-Defamation League said threats were also made in Oregon, Wisconsin, Illinois, Florida and Maryland.

Federal officials have investigated more than 120 threats against Jewish organizations in three dozen states since Jan. 9 and a rash of vandalism at Jewish cemeteries. None of the threats have resulted in physical injury.

With files from AM980’s Jacquelyn LeBel and The Associated Press

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Press Release: CIJA Responds to Bomb Threats at Jewish Community Centres


Miles Nadal JCC

For Immediate Release

March 7, 2017

TORONTO, ON – This morning, the Miles Nadal Jewish Community Centre in Toronto and the Jewish Community Centre of London, Ontario, received bomb threats. This is the second bomb threat the London Jewish Community Centre has received in the past two months. Police have now provided the all clear, allowing activities to resume at both community centres.

In response, Ryan Hartman, Director of CIJA’s National Community Security Program (NCSP), issued the following:

“CIJA’s security team is working closely with the affected institutions and local law enforcement. These alarming incidents, combined with similar threats targeting Jewish community centres across North America, remind us of the need for continued vigilance in the fight against antisemitism.


“Our community has strong security protocols in place and benefits from close working relationships with police agencies, which have proven extremely responsive in dealing with these terrible acts. We thank police for their exceptional support. We encourage community institutions to follow existing security procedures, call 911 immediately should they witness suspicious activity, and reach out to CIJA’s security team for follow-up support.


“As Canadians, we will not tolerate antisemitism – or any other form of hatred – in our society. While maintaining vigilance, Jewish Canadians will not be deterred from actively enjoying our community centres.”

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The Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs (CIJA) is the advocacy agent of UJA Federation of Greater Toronto and the Jewish Federations of Canada-UIA.

For more information or to arrange an interview, please contact:

Adir Krafman
Manager, Communications and Media Relations (CIJA)
akrafman@cija.ca | 416-820-6871

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( there has been an arrest , a 19 year old Israeli man is alleged to be behind the bomb threats )


Evidence links 19-year-old Israeli man in Jewish centre threats to Toronto: police

Suspect JCCs
A 19-year-old dual U.S.-Israeli citizen covers his face as he is brought to court in Rishon Lezion, Israel, Thursday, March 23, 2017. Israeli police said they have arrested a Jewish Israeli man who is the prime suspect behind a wave of bomb threats against Jewish community centers and other institutions in the United States. The police withheld his identity. (AP Photo/Nir Keidar)


Chris Herhalt, CTV Toronto
Published Thursday, March 23, 2017 12:07PM EDT


Police in Israel say they have uncovered some evidence tying a 19-year-old man arrested Thursday to the March 7 bomb threat called in against a large Jewish community centre in Toronto’s Annex neighbourhood and others in Canada.

Israeli National Police Insp. Micky Rosenfeld told CTV News Toronto Thursday that “information is ongoing” and the suspect is accused of making dozens of threats similar nature to the one received at Miles Nadal Jewish Community Centre more than two weeks ago.

On the morning of March 7, someone phoned the community centre, which contains several day schools, a large fitness centre and community space, and threatened that the location would be bombed.

Staff evacuated 600 occupants of the centre in less than seven minutes and held out for several hours before police and firefighters swept and eventually declared the building safe.

That day, Jewish centres and schools across the United States also received telephone bomb threats.

Rosenfeld said that Israeli investigators and the American FBI started an investigation that culminated in the arrest of a 19-year-old Israeli/American man at his home in the coastal city of Ashkelon on Thursday morning.

Police seized computers, antennas and other equipment allegedly used to hide the suspect’s identity when making threatening calls.

Rosenfeld said he is accused of making threats against Jewish groups in New Zealand, Australia, the U.S. and likely Canada.

Toronto police said Thursday that they were not aware of the arrest, or if it is connected to the March 7 threat against Miles Nadal.

He is also accused of making bomb threats against two Delta Airlines flights to and from JFK airport in New York on Jan. 19. 2015. One of the flights was destined for Tel Aviv, Israel. Both flights were grounded immediately.

He was held in custody in Israel pending his next court date, scheduled for March 30.

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