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Anti-Defamation League receives bomb threat at national headquarters in NY

Posted at 12:43 PM, Feb 22, 2017
and last updated 2017-02-22 15:55:48-05

NEW YORK — The Anti-Defamation League received a bomb threat at its national headquarters in New York Wednesday as investigators look at similar threats made to several Jewish centers across the nation.

There are no other threats at this time, ADL’s CEO Jonathan Greenblatt said in a statement.

“We are working with law enforcement officials to determine if it is connected to similar threats against Jewish institutions across the country,” Greenblatt said.

“This is not the first time that ADL has been targeted, and it will not deter us in our efforts to combat anti-Semitism and hate against people of all races and religions.”

This comes as federal officials are investigating a wave of recent bomb threats targeting Jewish Community Centers across the nation.

Many Jewish centers have been evacuated, including in New York, and the threats have sparked fear of a possible attack.

“People in this country are worried that it’s becoming inhospitable to Jews and anyone who is different,” Rabbi Rachel Timoner told PIX11 News Tuesday.

Timoner leads the Congregation Beth Elohim in Park Slope, Brooklyn.

The number of anti-Semitic incidents in New York have jumped from 15 to 31 between 2016 and 2017, the NYPD said.

Some Jewish groups have criticized President Donald Trump for not speaking out against anti-semitic attacks. In January, the White House failed to mention Jewish people in its statement on Holocaust Remembrance Day.

On Tuesday, Trump specifically condemned anti-Semitic attacks during a visit to the African American History Museum.

“The anti-Semitic threats targeting our Jewish community and community centers are horrible,” Trump said.

First Daughter Ivanka Trump said in a tweet, “America is a nation built on the principle of religious tolerance. We must protect our houses of worship & religious centers #JCC.”

But the condemnation, some say, is too late.

“Look, it’s good he finally said something but he could’ve said something for many months,” Timoner said.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo said the latest bomb threat is “un-American and — disturbingly — increasingly common,” calling the incidents “a national crisis.”

In New York City, swastikas being drawn on equipment at a Brooklyn park, college dorm room walls and subway cars have been reported since last November.

“We are treating these incidents for what they are – as crimes – and we will not allow them to go unpunished. Today I have directed the New York State Police to coordinate with federal and local law enforcement to launch a full investigation into this latest incident,” Cuomo said.