Jewish center in St. Paul evacuated after bomb threat

It is the latest in a series of bomb threats targeting Jewish centers in Minnesota and across the country.
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The Jewish Community Center in Highland Park, St. Paul has been evacuated due to a bomb threat.

St. Paul police confirmed the phoned-in threat Monday at 10:50 a.m, with students evacuated from the center at 1375 St. Paul Ave.

At around lunchtime, the police department said nothing suspicious had been found and the center would be allowed to reopen.

According to its website, the JCC St. Paul provides services including child care, early childhood education, programs for children, teens and adults, and fitness facilities.

The JCC St. Paul is one of a number of Jewish centers across the country being targeted, according to this tweet by the Homeland Security Initiative for the Jewish Community Relations Council.

About a half hour earlier it was reported by FOX 6 that a JCC had been evacuated in Whitefish Bay, Wisconsin, while reporters say another has been evacuated in Birmingham, Alabama.

CNN reported on Friday that 48 JCCs in 26 states were evacuated after similar bomb threats were made.

Last month, the Sabes JCC and Barry Family Campus in St. Louis Park was evacuated after being one of a dozen targeted by a phoned-in bomb threat.

It comes amid wider concerns about an apparent rise in anti-Semitic incidents in Minnesota and nationwide. On Sunday, the University of Minnesota President Eric Kaler revealed an anti-Semitic flyer had been posted on campus, a day after a student was arrested for drawing a swastika on a desk.

Although recent figures have yet to be compiled advocacy groups have said there’s been an uptick in anti-Semitism and hate crimes in both the United States and the world recently, especially in the wake of the presidential election.

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