At least 16 Jewish Community Centers targeted with bomb threats

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At least 16 Jewish Community Centers and day schools across the country had to be evacuated Monday due to bomb threats, according to NBC News.

It’s the fifth wave of threats this year. This time, JCCs mostly in the eastern half of the country received the threatening phone calls. Here’s a partial list.

It’s the third time Birmingham, Alabama, has been targeted this year.

“Obviously, it’s incredibly disconcerting, the wave of anti-Semitism that’s coming across the country,” Betzy Lynch, the executive director for the Birmingham JCC, told AL.com.  “I believe that… now the threats seem to be going beyond just Jewish community centers into obviously Jewish cemeteries, and into Jewish day schools, and it just seems to be escalating.”

Dozens of JCCs in more than 25 states have received bomb threats since Donald Trump was elected president and two Jewish cemeteries have been vandalized in the past two weeks.

Until last week, Trump declined to condemn the recent wave of anti-Semitic attacks, even though his daughter, Ivanka, and her family are Orthodox Jews. In a statement last week, his administration said, “Hatred and hate-motivated violence of any kind have no place in a country founded on the promise of individual freedom. The President has made it abundantly clear that these actions are unacceptable.”

That, though, hasn’t stopped the targeting of JCCs and the young children who attend day school there.

Josh Katzowitz

Josh Katzowitz

Josh Katzowitz is a staff writer at the Daily Dot specializing in YouTube and boxing. His work has appeared in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, and Los Angeles Times. A longtime sports writer, he's covered the NFL for CBSSports.com and boxing for Forbes. His work has been noted twice in the Best American Sports Writing book series.