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Bomb threat called in to Brooklyn Jewish Children’s Museum

Posted at 9:46 AM, Mar 09, 2017
and last updated 2017-03-09 14:25:09-05

The Jewish Children’s Museum in Brooklyn is pictured. (Google Maps)

CROWN HEIGHTS, Brooklyn —  A bomb threat was called in to a Jewish Children’s Museum in Brooklyn Thursday morning, police officials said.

The threat was received via email around 9:30 a.m., police said. The building is being evacuated and police are sweeping the building.

“This kind of intimidation is repulsive and must stop,” Gov. Andrew Cuomo said.

The museum doesn’t open until 10 a.m., so it’s likely that none of the people inside were visitors to the museum.

Devorah Halberstam founded the museum with private and government funding after her 16-year-old son, Ari, was fatally shot on the Brooklyn Bridge on March 1, 1994.

“Whilst we are happy that no one was physically hurt, we are concerned about the antisemitism behind the threats, and the disturbance to our day-to-day lives,” the museum said in a statement on Facebook.

This is not the first bomb threat called into a Jewish institution in new York this week. A bomb threat was also called in to the national headquarters of the Anti-Defamation League. Police cleared the building and did not find any threat.

“We take every threat seriously,” Mayor Bill de Blasio said Thursday. “New York City stands united against hate.”

More than 100 bomb threats have been called into Jewish Community Centers around the county over the last few months.