JCC near San Diego evacuated after emailed bomb threat

Police find no trace of explosives in latest threat to Jewish institution

A view of the Lawrence Family JCC in San Diego. (Screenshot from YouTube)
A view of the Lawrence Family JCC in San Diego. (Screenshot from YouTube)

A San Diego-area Jewish community center was evacuated after receiving a bomb threat in an email.

It was the second time in three weeks that the Lawrence Family JCC in La Jolla had to be evacuated.

After the JCC received the email early Tuesday morning, the San Diego Police Department swept the building and did not find any explosives. The JCC was reopened by 7 a.m.

One day earlier, 11 JCCs across the country received phone calls containing bomb threats.

The La Jolla JCC was evacuated on January 31 after receiving a bomb threat phone call along with 16 other JCCs across the country. It was one of four waves of bomb threats to JCCs in about five weeks.

The threat follows Monday’s apparent condemnation of the bomb threats by US President Donald Trump’s daughter Ivanka.

“America is a nation built on the principle of religious tolerance. We must protect our houses of worship & religious centers. #JCC,” tweeted Trump, a convert to Judaism, who has played a prominent role in her father’s administration.

While her tweet included the JCC hashtag — an acronym of Jewish Community Center — it did not specifically mention or denounce the bomb threats or the specific targeting of Jewish centers, daycares and schools.

Earlier, the White House responded to a reporter’s query about the latest string of bomb threats called in to Jewish community centers by saying “these actions are unacceptable.”

“Hatred and hate-motivated violence of any kind have no place in a country founded on the promise of individual freedom,” reads a statement, attributed to White House press secretary Sean Spicer, that was shared Monday afternoon by NBC News correspondent Peter Alexander. “The President has made it abundantly clear that these actions are unacceptable.”

On Tuesday a US Muslim civil rights and advocacy group has offered a reward for information on the people behind this week’s bomb threats to Jewish community centers across the United States.

The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) posted on Facebook on Tuesday that it was offering “a $5,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons who threatened to bomb at least 10 Jewish community centers around the nation on the President’s Day holiday.”

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