A Jewish community center in Providence was one of at least ten across the country to receive a bomb threat today. At around 11am, the Jewish Alliance of Greater Rhode Island got a computer generated phone call that said there was a bomb in the building, according to Providence police, who swept the building with a bomb-sniffing dog and found no evidence of explosives.
UPDATE: The Huffington Post reports there were bomb scares at Jewish community centers and day schools in at least 16 states on Monday. There have been bomb scares at 72 different Jewish centers in 2017.
“It’s totally concerning,” said Jeffrey K. Savit, president of the center. “But as is the case with all the other JCC’s, Jewish institutions and day schools across the country that have been targeted we have to proceed with heightened vigilance. We have to be diligent. We have to be vigilant. We can’t let who ever these evil hate mongers [are ]get the best of us and rock our ships. We have to stand together. It’s all of us. This is not just a Jewish thing this is an entire community thing. There is no place for this anywhere for anybody.”
The incident in Providence was only one of at least ten similar incidents that happened across the country. Bomb threats to Jewish community centers were also reported in Chicago, Cleveland, Houston, Tampa, Fla., Nashville, Tenn., Birmingham, Ala., Albuquerque, N.M., St. Paul, Minn., Milwaukee and Whitefish Bay, Wis., Asheville, NC, and Ann Arbor, Michigan, among potentially others.
“Our detectives are investigating the phone call,” said Lindsay Lague, a spokeswoman for Providence police. “We are aware of reports of this same type of threat going on around the country.”
Violence, vandalism and, in this case terrorism, targeted at the Jewish community has risen demonstrably since Donald Trump became president.