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Anti-Defamation League's New York HQ receives bomb threat

There have been more than 60 threats against Jewish community centers since the start of 2017.

Jonathan Greenblatt, CEO of the Anti-Defamation League, condemned violent threats Getty Images

The New York City headquarters of the Anti-Defamation League received an anonymous bomb threat Wednesday, following a rash of violent threats made againstother Jewish institutions in recent weeks nationwide.

Anti-Defamation League CEO Jonathan Greenblatttweeted at noon that the civil rights organization is working with law enforcement agencies to determine if the threat is connected to similar ones — 69 in total — at Jewish community centers since the start of 2017.


Greenblatt toldNBC New Yorkthat there's no evidence it's anything more than a threat, but the group is taking it "very seriously."

The threat comes two days after the ADLreleased a statementcondemning threats made against Jewish centers, calling them "alarming [and] disruptive."

"We look to our political leaders at all levels to speak out against such threats directed against Jewish institutions, to make it clear that such actions are unacceptable, and to pledge that they will work with law enforcement officials to ensure that those responsible will be apprehended and punished to the full extent of the law," Greenblatt said in the statement.

President Donald Trump on Tuesday issued hisfirst public condemnationof anti-Semitic incidents across the U.S. following the wave of threats, which included the vandalism of about 170 headstones in a Jewish cemetery.

"The anti-Semitic threats targeting our Jewish community and community centers are horrible and are painful and a very sad reminder of the work that still must be done to root out hate and prejudice and evil," the president said.

 

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