Vancouver has joined the list of cities facing threats of violence against Jewish schools and facilities.
Vancouver Police confirm that the city’s Jewish Community Centre at 41st Avenue and Oak Street was evacuated on Tuesday night due to a bomb threat during a concert.
Investigators say the threat was called in around 9 p.m., but after clearing the building officers found no explosive devices.
Staff and guests were allowed back in shortly afterwards.
Police say they’re still investigating.
Rabbi Dan Moskovitz with the Temple Sholom Synagogue says he woke up to the news this morning.
“An email was sent out to the leaders of the Jewish community sometime late last night, informing us that the JCC received a bomb threat via email.”
Moskovitz says it’s the first time the community has received recent threats but isn’t surprised.
“Honestly, I was anticipating this. These kinds of threats that have been happening…over 140 of them in the Unites States, and a couple here in Canada. We’ve reached a viral situation here.”
Premier Christy Clark condemned the incident, warning “threat turned out to be a hoax, but the fear caused by acts of anti-Semitism and threats like this at Jewish community sites across Canada and the United States is very real,” and calling on British Columbians to call out hatred and celebrate diversity.
Vancouver was just one of many North American Jewish community centres to get a bomb threat yesterday.
Two Jewish community centres in Toronto and London, Ontario both received threats, along with the Anti-Defamation League and several U.S. centres.
Since January 9, there have been about 120 threats against American Jewish organizations, along with a rash of vandalism at Jewish cemeteries.
With files from Emily Lazatin and The Canadian Press