Shapiro Addresses Threats Against Jewish Sites During Meeting With Trump
- Author: Jack Replman Mar 01, 2017,
Mar 01, 2017, 0:30
Shapiro says with Monday's threats across 11 states, the total number of bomb threats in January and February of this year is 100 incidents at 81 Jewish community centers and Jewish day schools in 33 states across the country. Tom Carper of DE, was reportedly meeting with officials at one community center when it received the threat. The Harrisburg and York JCC's re-opened their doors at noon after being cleared by police.
Governor Andrew Cuomo has ordered an investigation following bomb threats against Jewish Community Centers across the state.
It later released a statement saying it had received a bomb threat, which was found to be a hoax.
"The President continues to be deeply disappointed and concerned by the reports of further vandalism at Jewish cemeteries", said White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer in a statement during the Monday news briefing. The search revealed no explosive devices or suspicious packages, said police.
The most recent rash on Monday resulted in the evacuations of hundreds of pre-school children and senior citizens.
President Trump offered a cryptic response on Tuesday when asked about rising acts of anti-Semitism in the United States since his election - saying that "sometimes, it's the reverse".
Someone at the JCC called police at 10:20 a.m. about a bomb threat to the north side of the facility, according to Fox 59 News.
There were 31 bomb threats reported at sites in Alabama, Arizona, California, Delaware, Florida, Indiana, Maryland, Michigan, New Jersey, Nevada, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Virginia, Washington and Calgary in Canada.
The FBI and the Department of Justice told HuffPost previously that they are investigating possible civil rights violations in connection with the threats.
Two days ago, up to 200 headstones were overturned at a St. Louis-area Jewish cemetery.
According to the Anti-Defamation League, around 90 bomb threats have been levied against Jewish institutions in 2017.