Mar 23, 2017

Law Enforcement Officials Lauded for Arrest in Bomb Threats at JCCs and Other Jewish Institutions

Sent by the Jewish Federation of South Palm Beach County on behalf of Matthew C. Levin, President & CEO, and Mel Lowell, COO

Today we join with Jewish and other communities and individuals throughout the world in welcoming the announcement by Israeli police that they have arrested the primary suspect for the majority of bomb threats that have been called into Jewish Community Centers and other Jewish institutions in 40 U.S. states and 4 Canadian provinces. The suspect is an 18-year-old man with dual Israel-U.S. citizenship.

Briefings by top FBI officials to our Jewish Federations of North America leaders have made clear the unprecedented time and resources that were committed to this investigation along with high levels of cooperation by the Department of Homeland Security and a long list of partners, including Israeli law enforcement. We are deeply grateful to them all for giving these disruptive and fear-inducing threats the high priority they deserve and we rightly demanded.

As always, our Federation’s highest priority remains the security, safety and well-being of those on our campus. The Federation and its co-located beneficiary agencies are fortunate to be situated on a gated and secure campus that is monitored in several ways, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Should any threat arise, our Federation and its highly trained security team are well-prepared to activate our continually updated emergency plan and procedures on behalf of every child, family, resident, employee and guest who uses our campus.

As a community and a society we must remain vigilant in our effort to counter anti-Semitism and other hate crimes as they appear. Our Federation’s security team remains in constant contact with local authorities, who have proven to be our consummate partners in ensuring our security daily. We are fortunate to have such partners at all levels of law enforcement, who will do whatever it takes to bring these perpetrators to justice.