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Interreligious Council Of New Rochelle 'Deplores' JCC Threats

The JCC of Mid-Westchester and JCC on the Hudson in Tarrytown were among the Jewish community centers targeted by threats in February.
The JCC of Mid-Westchester and JCC on the Hudson in Tarrytown were among the Jewish community centers targeted by threats in February. Photo Credit: File

NEW ROCHELLE, N.Y. -- The Interreligious Council of New Rochelle has issued a statement of solidarity in response to the ongoing threats being made against Jewish centers across the country.

"The Interreligious Council of New Rochelle ... deplores the wave of telephoned threats made against Jewish Community Centers (JCCs) across the United States, and especially the Mid-Westchester JCC in New Rochelle," the statement said. "Jewish community centers have a long-standing tradition of serving both Jews and non-Jews alike as places where they can enjoy social, cultural, and athletic activities."

The group's statement also called for the arrest and full prosecution of those found to have engaged in such threatening behavior.

"We call upon law enforcement agencies at the local, state, and federal levels to find and prosecute the perpetrators of these and all cowardly acts of domestic terrorism," the statement said. "We urge our members, and people of all traditions, to stand in solidarity with the Jewish community and refuse to be intimidated by these dastardly threats."

According to media reports, more than 140 threats have been emailed, digitally delivered or called in to Jewish community centers since the beginning of the year.

Included in the threats were sites in Westchester County .

The incidents have recently driven multiple organizations and leaders to speak out against such acts, including Rockland County Executive Ed Day, who earlier this week condemned the threats .

Click here to read the report from CNN .

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