Nearly 50 bomb threats have been received by Jewish community organizations in the US since the start of the year, in a climate of rising antisemitism nationwide.
“These are regular occurrences now, with a frequency that’s been increased and on a scale that’s been increased,” Elise Jarvis, associate director for law enforcement outreach and communal security at the Anti-Defamation League, told the Guardian.
The calls have come in clusters, Jarvis said, with the last on Tuesday 31 January causing evacuations at 14 Jewish community centers (JCCs). Another string of calls on 18 January had a similar impact.
So far none of the threats have been substantiated and law enforcement agencies have not identified any suspects.
This week, the Jewish Journal acquired audio of one of the calls received by an undisclosed JCC location. The caller, whose voice sounded as though it had been digitally altered, said the following:
“It’s a C-4 bomb with a lot of shrapnel, surrounded by a bag [inaudible]. In a short time, a large number of Jews are going to be slaughtered. Their heads are going to be blown off from the shrapnel. There’s a lot of shrapnel.