NYPD intel chief: 1 person suspected in most Jewish threats

Caroline Beck
March 10, 2017

Staff received an alarming e-mail threatening a coordinated pipe-bomb attack at 8:45 am, and moved quickly to clear out the Eastern Parkway museum, according to police.

The museum, a multi-media center of Jewish history and heritage, was reopened around midday after police said they found no explosives during a search of the six-story building in the city's Brooklyn borough.

Local sources said it is possible the threat was received in response to an article written by Halberstam about illegal immigration, that was published Wednesday in the New York Daily News.

On Thursday, the Jewish Children's Museum in Brooklyn, New York became the latest cultural center to receive a bomb threat.

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Mayor Domenic Sarno pledged increased police patrols at the Springfield Jewish Community Center following the bomb threats.

More than 100 bomb threats have been called into Jewish Community Centers around the county over the last few months. Last week, the New York Police Department said that anti-Semitic incidents were up 94 percent in New York City over this time previous year. Additionally, it would double the federal penalty against making fake bomb threats from five years to 10 years.

"It's a trying time for us as a Jewish people especially, and we need to be aware and we need to take heed, and we need to be careful", Halberstam said. "New York City stands united against hate", Mayor Bill de Blasio wrote on Twitter this morning.

Federal officials have been investigating more than 120 threats against Jewish organizations in three dozen states since January 9 along with a rash of vandalism at Jewish cemeteries.

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