Bomb threat confirmed at Jewish center near Rochester
- Author: Larry Hoffman Mar 08, 2017,
Mar 08, 2017, 16:19
The ADL threat was one of 20 nationwide made against Jewish centers Tuesday, including two upstate, as the country faces a rise in anti-Semitic incidents, officials said. The city's Arson and Bomb Squad, as well as police and firefighters, searched the building but did not find anything, according to reports.
More than 100 such threats have been made recently to Jewish facilities in 33 states since the start of the year.
Meanwhile, the ADL, the target of past calls, said on Twitter that it was once again fielding "multiple" threats.
We can not begin to measure our impact on the York community, but the number of emails, phone calls, social media messages, and cards, etc., that we received this week certainly demonstrates the depth and breadth of our reach.
All 100 US senators have signed a letter to senior Trump administration officials, calling for "swift action" against the threats. He is accused of making a handful of bomb threats against Jewish groups while posing as his ex-girlfriend as retribution against her. Thompson, however, has been described by authorities as a "copycat" case. NYPD, New York state police and ADL staff are investigating the incident.
"We have not seen anything like this in many years; this level of hatred directed against the Jewish community, this many threats".
"This is not 'normal, '" Jonathan Greenblatt, CEO of the Anti-Defamation League said in a statement, "We will not be deterred or intimidated".
"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", it said.
A letter to Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly, Attorney General Jeff Sessions, and FBI Director James Comey had been organized before the latest wave of threats by Sens.
No explosives were found after the threat Monday evening and the Portland police have been in contact with federal authorities.
Police from NY to Florida and even in Canada, are scrambling to respond to a slew of threats that emerged overnight and resulted in lockdowns and evacuations.