Jewish Community Center in ABQ Victim of Bomb Threat

Feb 23, 2017

Last weekend more than 169 graves in a Jewish Cemetery in St. Louis were vandalized. On Monday, bomb threats were called in to eleven Jewish Community Centers across the United States, including one in Albuquerque.  They turned out to be hoaxes; the FBI however is investigating the incidents.  This marks the third wave of bomb threats this year against 54 Jewish community centers  in 27 states and one Canadian province. 

Deborah Begel interviews Suki Halevi, the New Mexico regional director of the Anti-Defamation League or ADL in Albuquerque about what happened after the Jewish Community Center in Albuquerque received the bomb threat.

Suki Halevi has requested the following clarification to her statements:

"Clarification from Suki Halevi:  According to FBI statistics, the largest percentage (almost 60%) of all hate crimes in 2015 were motivated by bias against race, ethnicity or ancestry, and 20% of all hate crimes were based on religion. Of these, 57% targeted Jews; there was also a significant increase in hate crimes against Muslims."