A spate of bomb threats targeting Jewish institutions in a number of states was reported by Secure Community Network, a consultancy that works with national Jewish groups.
The bomb threats came into Jewish community centers around the country in recent weeks, most recently in Pennsylvania and Missouri. Other JCCs targeted have been in Oklahoma, Arizona, and New Jersey. The threats come through online contact forms and have similar language. The two most recent threats, in Missouri and Pennsylvania, both began, “I’ll be there at 12 to bomb your facility you Ukrainian jew filth I got bombs there now.”
Tweeting about the threats on Wednesday, the Anti-Defamation League said, “We remain in ongoing contact with local and federal law enforcement, and continue to work with partners on the ground to ensure safety for the Jewish community.”
Michael Masters, director at the Secure Community Network said that the perpetrators appear frustrated when the targeted institution does not shut down after security officials determine that the threat is not credible. “We think that these guys are doing other calls because they’re not getting the outcome that they want, which is to potentially shut down the facility or sow discontent or fear,” he said.