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Bomb threats were reported in Jewish centres in nine U.S. states on Monday, local media reported, but authorities said it was not immediately clear whether the threats were linked.
The threats were reported against Jewish institutions in Florida, Tennessee, Maryland, South Carolina, North Carolina, Delaware, Georgia, New Jersey and Pennsylvania
The U.S. calls were pre-recorded in some cases and live in others, with the caller using voice disguising technology, and likely came from a single source, said Paul Goldenberg, the director of Secure Community Network, the group affiliated with the Jewish Federations of North America that coordinates security for the Jewish community.
The states were spread across the South and the Northeast. Only some of the JCCs were evacuated.
All the alerts were false, Goldenberg said, and designed to produce maximum disruption.
The JCC Association of North America thanked law enforcement in a statement. "We are hopeful that all of the JCCs in our vibrant network across the country will resume regular operations by the end of the day," said the statement.
There has been an increase in the United States in reports of threats and vandalism on Jewish property in the wake of the presidential election. President-elect Donald Trump, who was reluctant to denounce support during the campaign from white supremacists and antisemites, has since repudiated racists who say they feel emboldened by his victory.Tuesday, January 10, 2017