Bomb threat targets Atlanta Anti-Defamation League office

The ongoing wave of bomb threats targeting Anti-Defamation League offices and Jewish community centers was denounced on Tuesday by White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer.

Threats were phoned in to Anti-Defamation League offices in New York City, Atlanta, Boston and Washington, D.C. The national headquarters in Manhattan was voluntarily evacuated as a precaution, NBC New York reported.

In New York City, five incidents were being investigated, Chief of Detectives Robert Boyce said at a news conference Tuesday morning.

Boyce said the NYPD holds Thompson responsible for two threats in the city, one on January 28 to a Jewish museum and one on February 22 to the ADL headquaters.

Framingham police and fire departments, as well as the state police bomb squad unit, checked the building and did not find an explosive device.

President of the London Jewish Federation, Terry Marcus, said the incident in London was similar to threats received in Toronto and the U.S.

The JCC was locked down and was not evacuating; students from the school who are in a separate area of the 40-acre campus were evacuated, a spokeswoman said.

"These awful threats go against the values of New York City, they are unacceptable to us", de Blasio said after the meeting.

"JCC Association of North America confirms a developing situation in which several JCCs have received either emailed or phoned-in bomb threats overnight and this morning", the association said in a statement. Parents whose children attend the JCC day care were notified and asked to make alternate child care arrangements for the day, according to the Democrat & Chronicle newspaper. Headstones have also been vandalized in at least three Jewish cemeteries around the country.

All the participants stressed that the recent spate of bomb threats against Jewish centers is only part of a larger problem: a general sense of anxiety created by Trump administration policies on immigration and refugees.

Tuesday's threats appeared unconnected to the majority of previous threats, according to the Secure Community Network, which provides security expertise to Jewish groups.

"We also recognize the anti-Semitic sentiment behind this spate of threats and encourage your departments to continue to inform state and local law enforcement organizations of their obligations under the Hate Crime Statistics Act and other federal laws", the senators wrote.

  • Rogelio Becker