Jewish Centers receive bomb threats on Jewish holiday Purim

Mark Ross
By Mark Ross
March 13, 2017US News

Threats were reported against Jewish Community Centers in a number of states in the U.S. on Sunday. People were evacuated from the Indianapolis Jewish Community Center after it received its second bomb threat in less than two weeks.

Indianapolis police searched the building on the city’s north side Sunday afternoon and issued an all-clear after nothing suspicious was found. The center then reopened.

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo has ordered an investigation into another bomb threat against a Jewish Community Center in the Rochester area. The building was closed and evacuated Sunday morning while authorities cleared it. Police say about 300 people were inside the Jewish Community Center of Greater Rochester when the threat was received. Cuomo called the second such act against the center in less than a week “a despicable and cowardly act” of anti-Semitism on the Jewish holiday of Purim.

The center was also closed for about an hour after a Feb. 27 bomb threat.

The Anti-Defamation League says some 150 threats targeting Jewish institutions have been received across the country since January.


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