Jewish Community Centers Targeted by Bomb Threats Across US

February 1, 2017 Updated: February 1, 2017
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Some 13 Jewish Community Centers were evacuated on Tuesday after bomb threats were called, according to reports.

The threats came between 10 a.m. and 12 p.m., threatening centers in 11 states.

It’s now being investigated by the FBI.

“The FBI and the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division are investigating possible civil rights violations in connection with threats to Jewish Community Centers across the country,” the FBI told NBC News. “The FBI will collect all available facts and evidence, and will ensure this matter is investigated in a fair, thorough, and impartial manner. As this is matter is ongoing, we are not able to comment further at this time.”

There have been similar threats against Jewish Community Centers, but they were later deemed not credible.

According to Time magazine, it was the third day in January that the centers around the United States received bomb threats. There were threats on Jan. 9 and Jan. 18.

“Unfortunately, threats like this are nothing new for the Jewish community,” Anti-Defamation League CEO Jonathan Greenblatt said in a statement. “Still, it is vitally important to take these threats seriously and to ensure that every institution is prepared to respond to this type of security emergency. That is why we are partnering with the FBI, local institutions and law enforcement to ensure that all of our community institutions are safe and secure.”