Louisville Jewish Community Center targeted by bomb threat; Yarmuth calls on Justice Dept. to investigate incidents

03/08/2017 05:14 PM

The Louisville Jewish Community Center is the latest facility in the United States to be targeted with a bomb threat.

According to the Louisville Metro Police Department, around noon on Wednesday the LMPD 5th Division responded to a call of a possible bomb threat at the Jewish Community Center. The LMPD indicated that police, along with Louisville Metro EMS, Louisville Fire, and “some of our federal partners” responded to the call.

“The building has been evacuated and all occupants has been taken to a safe area. There have been no injuries reported,” a Facebook post from LMPD read.

The threats on Wednesday add to the more than 140 made against Jewish Community Centers, Jewish day schools in the first two months of 2017, according to the Anti-Defamation League.

U.S. Rep. John Yarmuth, D-Louisville, said his “heart goes out to those who were made to fear for their lives or the lives of their children because of today’s bomb threat at the Louisville JCC.”

“I commend JCC leadership and first responders for the way they handled the matter and am relieved no one was hurt,” he said. “It’s a truly sad reality that this latest anti-Semitic threat comes as a surprise to no one.”

Yarmuth said he has called on the U.S. Department of Justice and Homeland Security to aggressively investigate incidents against Jewish centers across the United States.

“All Americans deserve the peace of mind of knowing that their leaders will stand with them regardless of their faith, skin color, or ethnicity. This fear and hate cannot become the new norm.”


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