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At least 11 US Jewish centers get bomb threats

24 February 2017

Jewish community centres (JCC) in many cities across the United States received bomb threats, a media report said.

This round's targets were the JCCs in Birmingham, Alabama, Tampa, Florida, Chicago, the Greater St. Paul Area in Minnesota, Albuquerque, New Mexico, the Greater Buffalo area in New York, Cleveland, Ohio, Tulsa, Oklahoma, Nashville Tennessee, Houston, Texas, and Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

Mayor Rahm Emanuel issued a statement calling the recent wave of threats "cowardly", and "an affront to our most basic American values and shared sense of human decency".

Last week, 27 Jewish community centres in 17 USA states reported receiving hoax bomb threats.

Trump's reluctance to denounce those supporters, paired with his vague remarks "denouncing" hate might not be enough for the Jewish community, which is being terrorized by unidentified individuals and groups with these called in threats.

The Council on American-Islamic Relations posted on Facebook that it's offering a $5,000 reward for information about those who threatened at least 10 Jewish centers on February 21.

A total of 69 bomb threats have been called into 54 JCCs in 27 states and one Canadian province in the first two months of 2017. They were the latest in a string of such threats since the beginning of the year.

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The National JCC is tracking all of the threats to centers across the U.S.

Though Turx had been careful to precede his question with a reassurance that he hadn't heard anyone in the Jewish community accuse Trump of being an anti-Semite, the president seemed to take the question as just that.

Mr Trump's daughter Ivanka - who has converted to Judaism and whose husband is Jewish - also condemned the threats. Law enforcement and the Federal Bureau of Investigation are working together to investigate the threats. All threats were determined to be hoaxes.

"We're distressed", his father, who asked not to be identified, said.

She tweeted" "We must protect our houses of worship religious centres'.

"I am the least anti-Semitic person you've ever seen in your entire life", he said.

More to the point, many Jewish parents are upset and pulling their children out of programs in the JCCs out of fear that one of the bomb threats will turn out to be real.