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Another Bomb Threat at Westside Jewish Community Center

Another Bomb Threat at Westside Jewish Community Center

The latest scare has prompted New York Governor Andrew Cuomo to order state police to investigate, as it has been the latest instance of bomb threats made to Jewish centers across the nation over the past few weeks. To date, the threats have turned up nothing.

Threats were reported at JCCs serving Rochester, New York, Chicago, Illinois, Indianapolis, Indiana, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Vancouver, British Columbia, and Houston, Texas.

"We are taking this very seriously and will continue to work intimately with federal and local law enforcement - in addition to our community partners across the country - as they cope during this hard time", said Jonathan Greenblatt, CEO of the ADL. "As always, thank you for your understanding, support and encouragement".

Cuomo said he was "profoundly disturbed and disgusted by the continued threats against the Jewish community in NY". "The bomb threats affect the wider community and our way of life as Canadians and should be denounced". The approximately 300 people at the center at the time were forced to evacuate as authorities searched for explosives.

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Local police are also in contact with law enforcement south of the border where many Jewish community centres have received threats, noted Goldfarb, calling the bomb threats "cowardly acts".

Members of the Islamic community are meeting with Jewish leaders to discuss what they can do together about the threats against Jewish facilities. As New Yorkers, we will not stand by silently as some seek to sow hate and division.

"We understand the fear and anxiety each one of these threats creates in the Jewish community, especially when the locations targeted are places where Jewish families and children gather", he continued.

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