Winnipeg's Jewish Community Rallies Against Recent Threats
- Author: Megan Austin Mar 14, 2017,
Mar 14, 2017, 0:39
Andrew Cuomo has ordered an investigation into another bomb threat against the Jewish Community Center in Rochester.
The first bomb threat occurred on Tuesday around 9 p.m.
The Jewish Community Center in Whitefish Bay, Wisconsin, was forced to evacuate after the fourth terrorist threat in six weeks was sent out via email over the weekend.
Vancouver's Jewish community was one of several targeted across North America with bomb threats this weekend.
Milwaukee, and Houston received threats of a bomb.
"I am appalled by the second bomb threat made on the Mandel Jewish Community Center and strongly condemn this, and other, recent actions", Fudge said in the statement. None of the threats turned out to be credible.
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The umbrella organization is changing its emergency protocol, specifically how it alerts Jewish schools, synagogues and seniors' centres in the event of a bomb threat or other unsafe situations.
For the second time in a week, the Louis S. Wolk Jewish Community Center of Greater Rochester was evacuated and temporarily closed in Brighton, in upper New York State. They found nothing suspicious in this incident either.
JCC leadership pointed out these centers serve millions of Americans, Jewish and non-Jewish, who rely on them for early child education, senior programs, recreational, fitness, cultural, and other learning social opportunities. An officer discovered the spray-painted message on an exterior wall of Temple De Hirsch Sinai. It read: "The Holocaust is fake news".
Marvin McMickle, the president of Colgate Divinity School, pointed to the comments this week from Rep. Steve King, R-Iowa, who Tweeted that "we can not defend our civilization with someone else's babies".
Police are now investigating both incidents.