The bomb threats to Jewish community centers were reportedly coordinated
February 28, 2017 09:30 AM EST
Bomb threats to Jewish community centers and acts of vandalism at Jewish cemeteries are on the rise.
According to one U.S. official, those bomb threat calls appear to be coordinated,
CBS News reports. Some calls may be coming from overseas, and some are machine-generated.
CBS reports at least 90 bomb threats phoned in since the start of 2017, targeting JCCs in 30 states and one Canadian province.
The bomb threats have come in "waves." On Monday, North Carolina, Alabama, Florida, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware and Indiana reported bomb threats at JCCs.
Previously, reports of bomb threats spiked on three days: Jan. 9, 18 and 31.
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We are a nation that is a diverse constituency, and we don't need these kind of activities.
Attorney General Jeff Sessions
The FBI and the Justice Department's Civil Rights Division are looking into the threats against JCCs. Attorney General Jeff Sessions said his department would "do what it can to assist in pushing back."
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