Bomb Threats Received by Jewish Centers Nationwide


Bomb threats caused the evacuation of 10 Jewish community centers nationwide Monday, according to the Times of Israel. Similar threats were received by Jewish centers in Alabama, Florida, Tennessee, Massachusetts, Connecticut, New York, Michigan, Delaware, California, Ohio, Maryland, Minnesota, Maine, Missouri, South Carolina and Texas.

Officials have not yet confirmed that the threats are related, but Sunday, at the Nation of Islam’s annual conference in Detroit, their leader, Louis Farrakhan, blasted the Jews, said they are not the people of God, and stated to the Jews, “I’m here to announce the end of your time!”

Officials in Houston reported that a bomb threat was called in Monday morning to the Evelyn Rubenstein Jewish Community Center. A message from the center noted that Monday’s threat was the latest in a series that have been phoned in to centers across the country.

According to officials, the Houston center implemented emergency protocol, and the building was searched. Students were relocated to another building while police swept the area using detection dogs, according to KPRC Channel 2’s Phil Archer. Parents of students at the center were sent a message notifying them that their children had been evacuated as a precaution.

“The security of our families, our community and the staff remains of the utmost importance to us,” the message said.

The threat was later determined to be “non-credible”, and the center returned to normal operations Monday afternoon.

The Highland Park Jewish Community Center in St. Paul, Minnesota, also received a phoned-in bomb threat on Monday, according to the city’s police department.

And in Missouri, this happened Monday:

Monday’s threats come as a déjà vu to the Jewish community. In mid-January dozens of Jewish organizations received bomb threats in 26 states and one Canadian province. The Southern Poverty Law Center cites a minimum of 67 bomb threats reported at Jewish Community Centers since January 9.

H/T: Law Newz

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