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All 100 US senators ask Trump administration for action after new wave of threats on Jewish institutions

A new wave of threats were made on Monday and Tuesday to Jewish schools and institutions, including the New York and Washington offices of the Anti-Defamation League.

These latest bomb threats came as a letter signed by every US senator was sent to top law enforcement officials in the Trump administration, asking them to do more in response to the bout of threatening messages that have continuously rattled Jewish groups this year.

“We write to underscore the need for swift action with regard to the deeply troubling series of anonymous bomb threats made against Jewish Community Centres (JCCs), Jewish day schools, synagogues and other buildings affiliated with Jewish organisations or institutions across the country,” the senators wrote in a letter, a copy of which was shared publicly on Tuesday by Sens. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) and Gary Peters (D-Mich.), two of the lawmakers who said they were behind the message.

The senators’ letter and the new threats underscored the anxiety still present in Jewish communities four days after a disgraced former journalist was arrested and charged with being responsible for a handful of the threatening messages.

The threats on Tuesday targeted facilities in at least eight states, Washington, D.C., and Toronto.

“Four ADL offices in Atlanta, Boston, New York and Washington D.C. received telephoned bomb threats today,” Jonathan A. Greenblatt, the ADL’s chief executive, said in a statement. “This is not ‘normal.’ We will not be deterred or intimidated.”

Greenblatt said that the new threats included those to “at least six JCCs and three day schools in Oregon, Wisconsin, Illinois, New York, Florida, Maryland and Toronto.” 

Before Tuesday, the ADL had reported 121 bomb threats made across the United States and Canada, including Jewish Community Centres and day schools.

“It is time for action, and we call on the administration and Congress to take concrete steps to catch those threatening the Jewish community,” Greenblatt said.

Adding to the unease felt by many minority groups, in recent weeks a Sikh man in Washington state and two Indian men in Kansas were shot by attackers who, during those separate incidents, reportedly told them to get out of this country.

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Wednesday, March 08, 2017
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