White House condemns wave of bomb threats at ADL offices

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David Sorkin, executive director of the Staten Island JCC, said he wasn't aware of any threats to the borough's three centers on Tuesday.

The Community Security Trust, a Jewish communal organization in the United Kingdom, reported last month that the number of anti-Semitic incidents in the country had increased by 36 percent in 2016, reaching an all-time high. A disgraced news reporter, Juan Thompson of Missouri, was arrested last week and charged with making those threats as retribution against his estranged girlfriend.

USA federal authorities have been investigating a surge of threats against Jewish organizations, including more than 100 hoax bomb threats in five separate waves in January and February against JCCs in dozens of states.

The Anti-Defamation League's Southeast office in Buckhead was among four ADL locations that say they received bomb threats March 7, part of a nationwide wave of anti-Semitic threats.

The bomb threats were phoned in to the ADL's offices in Atlanta, Boston, Washington, D.C., and New York City.

A letter signed by all 100 USA senators was sent on Tuesday to top US law enforcement officials asking that they help Jewish groups enhance security. "One of the things people don't realize about security is some is overt and some is covert, and although we don't discuss individual security issues and methods with the public, I feel safe and secure and I think our public should also feel safe and secure in the building".

At least 14 Jewish sites were targeted Tuesday, resulting in multiple evacuations and parents pulling their children out of JCC school programs.

Toronto police are investigating a threat made over the phone to the Downtown Jewish Community School at Bloor Street West and Spadina Avenue. None of the threats have been substantiated, and it is unclear whether the calls are coordinated.

"Oy vey, we coming to spray your synagogue with pig's blood, the goyim", the caller said.

Last week, five grave stones were found toppled at the Waad Hakolel Jewish Cemetery, also named the Stone Road Cemetery, in the third such occurrence at a Jewish cemetery in a span of a few weeks.

The senators said they wanted to work with the administration to address the growing incidents of anti-Semitism, and asked the relevant departments to respond with plans for how they would "address, deter and prevent this threat".

The Chicago Jewish Day School consists of more than 200 students in pre-kindergarten through eighth grade.

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