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'Telephone Terrorism' Rattles Jewish Centers

Evacuation of Albany JCC after bomb threat (Photo: twitter/JennieO)

Since the beginning of the year, Stand for Israel has kept you up-to-date on the uptick in anti-Semitism being witnessed in the U.S., including a rash of bomb threats to Jewish Community Centers. With this alarming rise in threats, vandalism, and violence against America's Jews, CNN's Daniel Burke wonders who is paying attention:

Samantha Taylor was at Orlando's Jewish Community Center for a morning meeting when she heard reports of a bomb threat crackle from the director's walkie-talkie.

Her daughter attends preschool there; she ran to the classroom and evacuated with the students and teachers.

While police and bomb-sniffing dogs searched the building for several hours, the teachers kept the children calm and happy at a safe spot down the street, Taylor said. No explosives were found...

In all, 48 JCCs in 27 states and one Canadian province received nearly 60 bomb threats during January, according to the JCCA, an association of JCCs. Most were made in rapid succession on three days: January 9, 18 and 31. A number of JCCs, including Orlando's, received multiple threats.

In a statement, the FBI said the bureau and the Justice Department's Civil Rights Division are "investigating possible civil rights violations in connections with threats to Jewish Community Centers across the country..."

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