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FBI sees bomb threats to JCCs as hate crime, not terrorism

WASHINGTON – The FBI is investigating a rash of bomb threats to Jewish community centers – including to the Tampa JCCs – as a hate crime and not a terrorist threat.

Agents briefed Jewish community leaders across the country through a call Thursday, Jan. 26 organized by the Anti-Defamation League.

The agents said the calls targeted more than 30 JCCs in 20 states on four separate dates and in many cases there were evacuations including of preschools. In no case was a bomb found. The agents said the calls were in a woman’s voice, in some cases disguised through technology. It is not known yet if there was a single or multiple perpetrators. The numbers appeared to have been “spoofed,” or disguised.

Classifying the investigation as a hate crime facilitates federal involvement in tracking the offender or offenders through additional funding and technical assistance provided to state and local authorities.

Netanyahu says Trump will help world recognize Iran threat

Iran poses the greatest danger to the Jews, and President Donald Trump will help make the world aware of the threat, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel said in remarks marking Holocaust remembrance.

Netanyahu, speaking Jan. 26 at Yad Vashem, said the greatest hatred for the Jewish people and Jewish state, comes from Iran, which is calling for Israel’s destruction. Netanyahu said there was a “deafening silence” worldwide to the threat Iran poses to Israel.

“I believe it will change,” Netanyahu said. “Because I spoke a few days ago to President Trump and he spoke about the Iranian aggression. He spoke about Iran’s commitment to destroy Israel. He spoke about the nature of this nuclear agreement and the danger it poses. We spoke about it together.”

Netanyahu, who has effusively praised the new president, is due to meet Trump in Washington next month.

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