All 100 Senators Sign Letter Demanding Action on Jewish Center Bomb Threats

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Sens. Marco Rubio (R., Fla.) and Bill Nelson (D., Fla.) wrote a letter Tuesday demanding "swift action" against recent bomb threats targeting Jewish Community Centers nationwide that was signed by all 100 members of the Senate.

The letter was addressed to Secretary of Homeland Security John Kelly, Attorney General Jeff Sessions, and FBI Director James Comey, the Hill reported. The message came after a new wave of bomb threats targeted several Anti-Defamation League offices and Jewish Community Centers and schools across the country on Tuesday.

"We write to underscore the need for swift action with regard to the deeply troubling series of anonymous bomb threats made against Jewish Community Centers (JCCs), Jewish day schools, synagogues, and other buildings affiliated with Jewish organizations or institutions across the country," the letter said.

The senators expressed concern over rising anti-Semitism in the United States and an increasing number of threats against the Jewish community.

"We are concerned that the number of incidents are accelerating and failure to address and deter these threats will place innocent people at risk and threaten the financial viability of JCCs, many of which are institutions in their communities," the letter said.

"Your departments can provide crucial assistance by helping JCCs, Jewish day schools, and synagogues improve their physical security, deterring threats from being made, and investigating and prosecuting those making these threats or who may seek to act on these threats [in] the future," it continued.

So far in 2017 there have been about 100 threats made against JCCs and Jewish day schools in the majority of states across the country.

The Anti-Defamation League, which fights anti-Semitism, tweeted Tuesday that it received "multiple" bomb threats at various offices–including in Atlanta, Boston, Washington, D.C., and New York City, according to NBC News.

The tweet also said that law enforcement officers are "responding" to the threats.

"This is not ‘normal,'" Jonathan Greenblatt, the CEO of ADL, said in a statement. "We will not be deterred or intimidated."

JCCs or Jewish day schools were threatened Tuesday in at least five communities in Milwaukee, Chicago, Davie, Florida, and the towns of Brighton and DeWitt in upstate New York.

The FBI is currently investigating the anti-Semitic bomb threats.

A 31-year-old St. Louis man, Juan Thompson, was charged last week with making bomb threats against several Jewish organizations nationwide to harass an ex-girlfriend. He is not considered the primary suspect behind the nationwide spate of threats against Jewish centers, nor is he thought to be responsible for the majority of them.

Chandler Gill

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Chandler Gill is a Media Analyst for the Free Beacon. Before joining the Free Beacon, she interned at the Heritage Foundation. Chandler went to Furman University in Greenville, South Carolina, and studied Political Science. She was raised in Wassenaar, The Netherlands. In her free time, Chandler enjoys reading and walking around the D.C. area. Her twitter handle is @chandlergillDC.

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