The phone rang Monday morning at the Levite Jewish Community Center outside Birmingham, Ala., and a receptionist answered it. There was a bomb in the building, the caller said, before hanging up. It was the second bomb threat in five weeks against the center, which is located in the town of Mountain Brook and includes an athletic complex and day-care center. "Unfortunately, we're now well-rehearsed at this," said Betzy Lynch, the center's director. Though most of its 3,000 weekly visitors are not Jewish, she had no doubt that the motive of the calls was anti-Semitism.
JUDY WOODRUFF: The past couple of months have seen a wave of anti-Semitic incidents in the United States, including a dozen bomb threats at Jewish community centers in the past two days, and the destruction of gravestones in a Jewish cemetery in Missouri. The president today made a statement of condemnation, but it comes amid growing concerns in this country about anti-Semitism and other incidents involving hate, and some criticism that President Trump hasn't responded forcefully and quickly enough. JOHN YANG: Over the past two days, authorities have evacuated Jewish community centers in a dozen cities across the country, the latest this morning in La Jolla, California. JOHN YANG: No explosive devices were found, but it's part of an unsettling series of events. On Monday, more than 200 headstones were toppled and damaged at a Jewish cemetery in Saint Louis.
WASHINGTON/UNIVERSITY CITY, MISSOURI – President Donald Trump on Tuesday denounced recent threats against Jewish community centers as "horrible … painful" and said more must be done "to root out hate and prejudice and evil." Trump's remarks, made at the newly opened National Museum of African American History and Culture, marked the first time he directly addressed recent incidents of anti-Semitism. In recent days, the president has faced growing criticism for not speaking out directly against anti-Jewish threats. The president cited a tour of the museum as "a meaningful reminder of why we have to fight bigotry, intolerance and hatred in all of its very ugly forms." On Monday, 11 Jewish community centers across the country received phoned-in bomb threats, according to the JCC Association of North America.
As a Jewish Community Center in San Diego became the latest to be targeted in a nationwide wave of bomb threats, President Donald Trump broke his silence Tuesday on the string of anti-Semitic attacks. Some, though, have already criticized Trump's condemnation as amounting to too little too late. The Lawrence Family JCC in the seaside community of La Jolla was the recipient of an emailed bomb threat, with a package also found inside, according to San Diego's CBS8. Police investigated Tuesday morning and told people inside to leave. People inside told to leave.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu praised President Donald Trump Wednesday for publicly condemning a recent spate of anti-Semitic incidents in the U.S., including recent bomb threats to Jewish community centers and vandalism in a Jewish cemetery. "It's very important that President Trump took a strong stand against anti-Semitism and it's important that we all continue to do so in the years ahead," Netanyahu said at an event for the Jewish community in the Central Synagogue in Sydney, Australia. He described anti-Semitism as a growing trend that needs to be acted upon. "We have a battle against those who seek to demonize our people and against the resurgent anti-Semitism we see in many parts of the world," he said, adding that "it is something that we need to fight together." After visiting the African-American museum in Washington, D.C., on Tuesday, Trump condemned the recent acts of vandalism against Jews.