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US: At least 11 Jewish centres receive bomb threats

US President Donald Trump's daughter, Ivanka, a convert to Judaism, was quick to denounce the incidents. (Image credit: Wikipedia) Photograph: (Others)

WION Washington, DC, United States Feb 21, 2017, 05.32 AM (IST)

Around a dozen Jewish community centres across the US were evacuated after they received bomb threats on Monday.

The threats turned out to be hoaxes and the centres have resumed normal opeartions, according to JCC Association of North America.  

The latest threat at 11 different sites brings the total number of such incidents to 69 at 54 Jewish centres in 27 US states and one Canadian province, it added.

The JCC Association of North America, vowed that it "will not be cowed by threats intended to disrupt people's lives or the vital role Jewish community centers play as gathering places, schools, camps and fitness and recreation centers".

The strategic director of the organisation, David Posner, said: "While we are relieved that all such threats have proven to be hoaxes and that not a single person was harmed, we are concerned about the anti-Semitism behind these threats, and the repetition of threats intended to interfere with day-to-day life." 

The FBI and the Justice Department's Civil Rights Division are said to be investigating the incidents.

The US government has condemned the incidents.

"Hatred and hate-motivated violence of any kind have no place in a country founded on the promise of individual freedom," a senior administration official said.

"The president has made it abundantly clear that these actions are unacceptable," the statement added.

US President Donald Trump's daughter, Ivanka, a convert to Judaism, was quick to denounce the incidents.

"America is a nation built on the principle of religious tolerance. We must protect our houses of worship & religious centers. #JCC," she wrote on Twitter.

(WION with inputs from AFP)

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