Possible bomb threat at Tucson JCC

The Jewish community is reeling after another round of threats against community centers across the country.

About 1,000 people were evacuated from the Merage Jewish Community Center and Tarbut V'Torah school about 4:40 p.m. when a bomb threat was called into the center, according to the Irvine Police Department. The search revealed no explosive devices or suspicious packages, said police.

At least 20 Jewish community facilities in twelve states were hit with bomb threats on 27 February 2017, constituting the fifth wave of anti-Semitic threats around the USA since the beginning of the year.

The Jewish Community Center in Owings Mills and the Charles E. Smith Jewish Day School in Rockville received bomb threats Monday morning.

In addition to NY, threats were received in Alabama, Delaware, Florida, Indiana, Maryland, Michigan, New Jersey, North Carolina, Pennsylvania and Virginia.

After Monday's rash of bomb threats, the JCC Association of North America also called on federal authorities to take a stand against the latest manifestations of anti-semitism.

In New York, the recent wave of bomb threats targeted centers in New Rochelle, Plainview, Staten island and Tarrytown.

It was not clear whether police were involved in the threat, and no further details were available.

"Any anti-Semitic act or act of intimidation aimed at Jewish institutions and people in Pennsylvania is truly reprehensible and we must find those responsible and hold them accountable".

"Not sure how this has become the new normal", Gad said in a message on Twitter.

The staff member told police that a male caller called the school, located at the center, and said there was a bomb in a backpack and that it would be detonated, Lige said.

In response to the growing number of antisemitism reports, President Donald J. Trump came out last week to condemn such threats.

  • Jon Douglas