Bomb threats targeting Jewish schools include Gesher campus in Fairfax

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Washington, February 27, 2017 | comments
By Greg Hambrick

FAIRFAX, VA -- The Gesher Jewish Day School in Fairfax received a bomb threat on Monday. It was one of more than a dozen sites in the U.S. targeted in the latest round of threats to Jewish schools and community centers.

After receiving the telephone threat Monday morning, the school followed safety protocols and worked with local law enforcement before school returned to normal activities, according to a statement by the Jewish Community Relations Council of Greater Washington.

in the joint statement with the Jewish Federation of Greater Washington, the JCRC wrote that the the ongoing threats have been disruptive and caused anxiety for the Jewish community.

"We will continue to work together and not permit these terrorist threats to deter our Jewish community from accessing and enjoying our institutions," the JCRC wrote in its statement.

"The rise of antisemitism, including today's threats, is troubling and anti-American," U.S. Rep. Gerry Connolly, D-11th, said Monday. "We must stand together against all forms of hate."

U.S. Rep. Don Beyer, D-8th, noted in a message on Twitter that the threats were "deeply disturbing and unacceptable." He said he will be reintroducing a proposed "No Hate Act" that would require more local law enforcement agencies to report hate crime incidents to the federal authorities.
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