Nearly 30 Jewish Centers Across U.S. Receive Second Wave of Bomb Threats
More than two dozen Jewish community centers reported receiving bomb threats on Wednesday, prompting evacuations across the U.S. for the second time in 10 days.
The JCC Association of North America said no explosive devices have been found at the 27 centers that were threatened in at least 17 states, the New York Times reported. Last week, 16 Jewish facilities received bomb threats.
The FBI is investigating “possible civil rights violations in connection with threats,” according to a statement from the agency.
David Posner, a vice president with the JCC, said in a statement the organization is “concerned about the anti-Semitism behind these threats.”
“While the bombs in question are hoaxes, the calls are not,” Posner said.
The Anti-Defamation League has issued a security warning to the Jewish community in response to the recent threats.
JCCs in New York, New Jersey, Florida, Massachusetts, Connecticut, and Texas were among those to received bomb threats.
Paul Goldenberg, national director of the Secure Community Network, a nonprofit that advises Jewish groups on security, told Reuters it was not yet clear whether there was overlap between the centers threatened on Jan. 9 and those threatened Wednesday.