Bomb Threats To Jewish Community
Centers Spread to Canada.
Federal Courts stop
second Muslim country ban:
Threats to JCCs have extended to Canada:
- 2017-FEB-27: A JCC in Calgary, Alberta in mid-western Canada received a bomb threat and was evacuated. 1
- 2017-MAR-07: Shortly after 10 AM, the Miles Nadal Jewish Community Centre in downtown Toronto received a robo-called bomb threat.
At almost the same time, the Jewish Community Centre of London, Ontario received an identical threat.
Both JCCs were immediately evacuated.
By this time, the Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs had listed over 120 bomb threats against Jewish Community Centers in the U.S. and Canada to date, during 2017. 1
Avi Benlolo, president and CEO of the Friends of Simon Wiesenthal Center, said:
- 2017-MAR-07: During the evening, there was a bomb threat emailed to the Jewish Community Centre of Greater Vancouver in British Columbia that triggered an evening evacuation. The Jewish Federation of Greater Vancouver said,
"Though some may try to spread fear through threats to our community they will fail. Such threats only renew our commitment to enriching Jewish lives, building Jewish community, and spreading values of love and tolerance." 2
British Columbia Premier Christy Clark released a statement saying, in part:
"We cannot allow hatred to become routine. We will only stop hatred by calling it out, condemning it -- and continuing to lead by example, as a thriving, vibrant example that diversity leads to strength, not weakness." 3
Eldad Goldfarb and other officers in the Jewish Federation issued a statement saying:
"We remain committed to working together to keep Jewish community institutions safe and welcoming places where you and your family can feel comfortable taking part in community activities." 3
2017-MAR-15: Two Federal courts issue rulings on President Trump's second Muslim country ban:
This second ban prohibits immigration by most citizens from six predominately Muslim countries: Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen. Iraq was included in the first ban but was not included in the second. However, this ban allow green-card holders, dual nationals, and people who have been granted asylum or refugee status to obtain visas. President Trump's justification was to prevent terrorists from any of the six countries from entering the United States and endangering American lives.
The State of Hawaii had launched a lawsuit against President Trump's executive order. On MAR-15, District Court Judge Derrick K. Watson issued a 43 page temporary restraining order that froze President Trump's second travel ban: The ruling was issued only a few hours before the second ban was to go into effect.
Reminder: The total number of refugees from these six countries who have killed Americans on U.S. soil is zero.
There have been a total of 9 fatal attacks by Islamist terrorists on U.S. soil since 911. Eight of the attackers were American citizens. Some attackers came from Egypt, Kuwait. Kyrgystan, Lebanon, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, Southern Russia and United Arab Emerites, none of which were part of President Trump's ban. Almost all of the 19 terrorists who flew airplanes into the World Trade Center on 911 came from Saudi Arabia.:
Matt Zapotosky of the Washington Post reported:
Judge Watson wrote, in part:
"The illogic of the Government’s contentions is palpable. The notion that one can demonstrate animus toward any group of people only by targeting all of them at once is fundamentally flawed.
Equally flawed is the notion that the Executive Order cannot be found to have targeted Islam because it applies to all individuals in the six referenced countries. It is undisputed, using the primary source upon which the Government itself relies, that these six countries have overwhelmingly Muslim populations that range from 90.7% to 99.8%.
It would therefore be no paradigmatic leap to conclude that targeting these countries likewise targets Islam. Certainly, it would be inappropriate to conclude, as the Government does, that it does not.
When considered alongside the constitutional injuries and harms ... and the questionable evidence supporting the Government's national security motivations, the balance of equities and public interests justify granting the Plaintiffs' [request to block the new order]." 6
A major increase in anti-Semitic intimidation and vandalism has been reported during 2016:
The Anti-Defamation League counted 1,266 cases of anti-Semitic harassment during 2016. This is a major increase over 941 incidences in 2015 and 912 in 2014.
The trend has continued into the first three months of 2017. There were 541 incidents during the first quarter of 2017. This compares with 291 in the same period during 2016.
The first quarter numbers for 2017 include more than 100 phoney bomb threats targeting Jewish community centers. A Jewish hacker in Israel is suspected as being responsible for most of the threats; he has been arrested.
There were 34 cases during 2016 that were linked to the Trump/Clinton presidential race. One was graffiti in Denver, CO. It was found in 2016-MAY, and said "Kill the Jews, Vote Trump." 7
The following information sources were used to prepare and update the above
essay. The hyperlinks are not necessarily still active today.
- Ashley Csanady, "Two Jewish community centres in Ontario evacuated after receiving robo-called bomb threats," National Post, 2017-MAR-07, at: http://news.nationalpost.com/
- Karin Larsen, "Bomb threat forces evacuation of Greater Vancouver Jewish Community Centre," CBC News, 2017-MAR-08, at: http://www.cbc.ca/
- Eldad Goldfarb et al., "Important Community Update," Jewish Federation of Greater Vancouver, 2017-MAR-07, at: https://www.jewishvancouver.com/
- Carlos Garcia, "Hawaii Judge slaps nationwide restraining order on Trump’s re-written travel ban," The Blaze, 2017-MAR-15, at:
- Matt Zapotosky, et al., "Federal judge in Hawaii freezes President Trump’s new entry ban," Washington Post, 2017-MAR-15, at: https://www.washingtonpost.com/
- Laura Jarrett, "Federal judges block Trump's travel ban 'soon'," CNN Politics, 2017-MAR-16, at: http://www.cnn.com/
- Rachel Zoll, "Report: US cases of anti-Semitism increased last year," WTAE-TV Pittsburgh, 2017-APR-24, at: http://www.wtae.com/
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Copyright © 2017 by Ontario Consultants on Religious Tolerance
Originally posted on: 2017-MAR-21
Latest update: 2017-APR-24
Author: B.A. Robinson