SF bomb threat continues anti-Semitic trend

A bomb threat was made against the Anti-Defamation League in San Francisco, adding California to the list of 11 other states that responded to threats at Jewish schools and community centers on Monday.

According to initial reporting from KTVU, a receptionist at the ADL received the threat via telephone at approximately 4:30 p.m. and the building was evacuated. Police responded and shut down Market Street between 3rd Street and 4th Street for approximately three hours of the early evening.

KTVU journalist Jana Katsuyama was on site at the ADL Monday to discuss several other recent bomb threats targeting Jewish organizations and institutions when the threat was received.

On Monday night the San Francisco Police Department tweeted, “Section of Market Street at 3rd Street is reopened and area is cleared by #SFPD.”

According to a statement by ADL National Director and CEO Jonathan Greenblatt, 20 threats were made against Jewish organizations or community centers on Monday, totaling more than 90 threats since the start of the year.

“The ADL will do everything in our power to combat this wave of anti-Semitism,” Greenblatt said. “We call on the (Trump) administration to take specific action to combat this terrorizing of our community.”

Greenblatt’s call on President Donald Trump to take action comes after the Feb. 16 press conference in which he dismissed a question from Jewish journalist Jake Turx of Ami Magazine regarding the spree of bomb threats. Trump instead remarked that he was “the least racist” person and that Turx’s question was “very insulting.”