The JCC has received multiple bomb threats, so frequently in recent weeks that the FBI is investigating them as hate crimes. It is a wonder why they are not investigating them as terrorism, though. With all of this chaos going on, Ivanka Trump has urged the public to respect places of worship.
Ivanka Trump took to Twitter to show her support for the Jewish community after 11 Jewish Community Centers were targeted with bomb hoaxes on President’s Day.
She tweeted: ‘America is a nation built on the principle of religious tolerance. We must protect our houses of worship & religious centers. #JCC.’
On Monday 11 JCCs were evacuated in Birmingham, Cleveland, Chicago, St. Paul, Tampa, Tulsa, Nashville, Milwaukee, Houston and Buffalo after receiving the threats. All appear to be hoaxes and no one has been injured.
They come after the FBI launched a hate crime investigation into JCCs after 60 threats were received in January.
The First Daughter, who flew back to Washington D.C. on Monday after spending the weekend in Mar-a-Lago, converted to Orthodox Judaism when she was 27 before marrying Jared Kushner.
In regards to the most recent threats, the FBI said in a statement: ‘The FBI and the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division are investigating possible civil rights violations in connection with threats to Jewish Community Centers across the country.’
The FBI has labeled these bomb threats hate crimes, not terrorism.
In January alone, JCCs received 60 bomb threats in the US and Canada.
David Posner, director of strategic performance at JCC Association of North America said in a statement: ‘While we are relieved that all such threats have proven to be hoaxes and that not a single person was harmed, we are concerned about the anti-Semitism behind these threats, and the repetition of threats intended to interfere with day-to-day life.’