JFNA Statement on Arrest in Bomb Threats

Posted on Thursday Mar 23, 2017 11:22 AM

The Jewish Federation of Greater Seattle is relieved that a suspect has been arrested in connection with many of the bomb threats that were called in to Jewish community centers and other Jewish institutions across the U.S. and Canada. Threats called in to our own Stroum Jewish Community Center and many other institutions caused deep fear among communities. We were saddened to learn the arrested individual is a Jewish man who is a U.S. and Israeli citizen.

We thank the U.S. Attorney’s Office, the FBI, Department of Homeland Security, other U.S. law enforcement agencies, and Israeli law enforcement for the dedicated work that led to the arrest of the suspect. We also thank the Jewish Caucus of the Washington State Legislature and the Washington State congressional delegation for their leadership, compassion, and commitment to helping our community.

The Jewish Federations of North America has released a statement on the arrest, which follows. Please click here to read a press release on the arrest that the JCC Association of North America posted today.

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March 23, 2017

THE JEWISH FEDERATIONS OF NORTH AMERICA
PRAISE LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICIALS FOR ARREST 

Israeli police announced Thursday that they had arrested an 18-year-old man with dual Israel-U.S. citizenship as 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.

Jerry Silverman, President and CEO of The Jewish Federations of North America, released the following statement, praising law enforcement and expressing relief that an arrest has been made.

“Ten days ago, and again this morning, Jewish leaders were briefed by top officials from the FBI. From those briefings we learned about the unprecedented level of time and resources that were committed to this investigation along with high levels of cooperation with the Department of Homeland Security and a long list of partners, including Israeli law enforcement. It was heartbreaking to learn that a Jewish man is a prime suspect.

Our ability to adapt quickly and liaise with law enforcement officials was in large part due to the work of the Secure Community Network. As a community and a society we must remain vigilant in our effort to counter anti-Semitism and other hate crimes as they appear. We are fortunate to know we have partners in law enforcement who will do whatever it takes to bring these perpetrators to justice.”