Jewish community centers in at least four U.S. states were targeted with bomb threats on Monday, in what appears to be the fourth wave of such disruption in less than two months.
According to local news reports, centers in Wisconsin, Illinois, Texas and Alabama were targeted.
The Harry & Rose Samson Family Jewish Community Center in Whitefish Bay, Milwaukee was evacuated Monday morning after receiving threatening phone calls, the Journal Sentinel reported.
The St. Paul Jewish Community Center in Minnesota was evacuated Monday morning after a bomb threat, the Star Tribune reported citing local police.
the Evelyn Rubenstein Jewish Community Center in Houston, Texas was also evacuated following a bomb threat received by phone, a local NBC affiliate reported.
The Levite Jewish Community Center in Birmingham, Alabama was briefly evacuated Monday morning after receiving a bomb threat, AL.com reported.
Earlier this month, at least 17 Jewish community centers across North America were targeted with bomb threats, the third wave of such mass disruption in a month.
David Posner, the director of strategic performance at JCC Association of North America, confirmed that threats had been called into JCCs in California, Colorado, Illinois, New Jersey, New York, Massachusetts, New Mexico, Ohio, Utah, Wisconsin and Ontario, Canada.
After each wave of threats, evacuations and the “all clear” from the police, the community centers resume activity, leading some to dismiss the bomb threats as merely a hoax.
And yet, while no bombs were found at any of the JCCs, those who regularly attend the schools, community centers, and day cares that are evacuated are shaken and fearful after each set of calls directed at the Jewish community.