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ADL headquarters receives bomb threat in latest scare

Law enforcement determines new threat not credible; group says it won’t be deterred from work to fight anti-Semitism

External view of headquarters of Anti-Defamation League (ADL) in New York (Screen capture: Google maps)
External view of headquarters of Anti-Defamation League (ADL) in New York (Screen capture: Google maps)

The New York headquarters of the Anti-Defamation League received a bomb threat on Wednesday morning, the latest Jewish institution to be targeted in a wave of similar scares.

ADL head Jonathan Greenblatt said that the organization treated the anonymous threat seriously, but law enforcement found it to be “not credible.”

“This is not the first time that ADL has been targeted, and it will not deter us in our efforts to combat anti-Semitism and hate against people of all races and religions,” Greenblatt said in a statement.

The threat against the ADL comes days after at least 10 Jewish community centers were hit with bomb threats, forcing many of them to evacuate.

Jonathan Greenblatt, national director of the Anti-Defamation League (Courtesy of ADL/via JTA)
Jonathan Greenblatt, national director of the Anti-Defamation League (Courtesy of ADL/via JTA)

On Tuesday, another bomb threat was emailed to a Jewish center in San Diego.

In all, there have been some 60 threats against dozens of Jewish community centers around the country since January.

This was the first threat against the ADL and came a day after the group joined other Jewish organizations in calling for US President Donald Trump to back up his long-sought condemnation of anti-Semitism with action.

“Glad @POTUS stated #antisemitism is horrible,” Greenblatt said on Twitter Tuesday, using the acronym for president of the United States. “Now need @whitehouse to share plans on how to ‘stop’ it. ADL ready to help.”

Trump said earlier Tuesday that anti-Semitic threats to the American Jewish community were “horrible” and “painful,” as well as a “sad reminder” of evil.

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