Jewish Community Center here among those receiving bomb threats Wednesday


Jewish Community Center here among those receiving bomb threats Wednesday

Jewish community centers and other organizations in 43 states and overseas have received 140 threats since January 3, FBI Special Agent in Charge Rick Thornton said, including the Sabes JCC in St. Louis Park and the St. Paul JCC.

The senators also raised concerns about the desecration of hundreds of headstones at Jewish cemeteries in St. Louis and Philadelphia.

The following day, the center received its fourth bomb threat of 2017.

Meanwhile, Juan M. Thompson, a St. Louis man charged with making bomb threats against several Jewish institutions, remains in custody.

Prosecutors allege that Thompson made threats against at least eight Jewish community centers, schools and other facilities in an effort to harass an ex-girlfriend.

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"The safety and security of our members, staff, and guests is always our top priority", read a statement from Atlanta's Marcus JCC on Tuesday's threat.

No bomb was found and it was a "non-credible threat", according to Officer Mark Stevens of the Dunwoody Police Department. The calls and email came as Jewish communities around the globe celebrated the holiday of Purim.

We have confidence in the FBI and Homeland Security as they conduct their ongoing investigations.

On Thursday, a top NY police official said most of the threats were likely being carried out by a single individual using phone spoofing technology to mask the source of the calls.

• The website of the Walk for Israel, based in West Bloomfield Township, was hacked with a profane message on Wednesday, March 15.



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