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JCCs Threatened in 'Contagion of Hate'

New York state grapples with latest example of anti-Semitism
By Neal Colgrass,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 23, 2020 4:00 PM CST

(Newser) – New York state is reeling Sunday after bomb threats were made against 18 Jewish community centers, USA Today reports. Over 100 people were evacuated from Albany's JCC as police officers swept the building with K-9 teams, but found no bomb. Michael Kopy, the state's director of emergency management, said the emailed threats were sent to invididuals, but it's unclear whether they were specifically being targeted. Gov. Andrew Cuomo appeared at the Albany JCC and pointed out that New York has looked into 42 incidents of anti-Semitism over the past couple of months. "It's not just anti-Semitism, right?" he said, per the Times Union. "There's a contagion of hate all across this country."

"The number of anti-African American attacks is up," he added. "The number of KKK groups and activity is up. The number of incidents against the LGBTQ community is up. So it’s a virus all across this nation. People are worried about the coronavirus...there’s also a virus of hate that's spreading and it’s spreading quickly." The Daily News quotes him as saying that roughly 100 people, children among them, were in the Albany center when the threat was made. A spokesman for his office says the threats are likely part of a larger threat against JCCs nationwide. (Nearby attacks against Jewish communities include a stabbing attack at a rabbi's home and a shooting spree in a kosher market.)

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