Continuing Bomb Threats Against Jewish People and Their Places of Congregation (Randyjw; March 22, 2017)
In yet further major threats against the Jewish people and their places of congregation, another wave of phoned-in bomb threats to a Jewish synagogue and a Jewish preschool in Livingston, New Jersey, was received yesterday, on March 21, 2017 in the morning hours when Jewish life was humming inside, and its occupants then evacuated.
The number given for these attacks vary, but the yearly tally of this type of threat, so far, seems to be hovering around the 166-count mark, based on numbers I’ve seen via various internet reports, with some weeks experiencing 20 or so such threats or attacks.
Like the respondent in the quoted article, Rabbi Geoffrey Spector, of the Conservative temple which recently experienced the latest attack, relays, many reports are calling these attacks a “hoax”, making it seem as if these waves of attacks are nothing more than some childish prank, without serious consequences or repercussions; but, they are not. They represent a physical attack against the Jewish people as real as any other terror attack. Just because a terror attack was thwarted, or the missile missed its mark, doesn’t make it any less serious for the event which occurred, and might have turned out differently.
The same can be said for another word I’ve seen being used in some of these reports, calling the bomb threats “unfounded”. The word, in some of its looked-up descriptions, conceivably imparts the supposed intent of an item, generally intended to be meant as an allegation or a claim, to be considered invalid (i.e., not truthful) and not based in any actual facts, which could be possibly ascribed as meaning to apply to the victims upon whom such attacks are being made! Whether or not any actual bombs were found does not make these attacks being used to threaten the lives (whether carried through, or not) of the Jewish people any less relevant. A person robbed with a realistic water pistol still feels threatened, even though they might have been unable to discern the toy nature of the “weapon”. Calling these vicious attacks against the Jews “unfounded”, muddies the waters. Yes, they are unfounded, in being undeserved. Yes, they are unfounded, in that no real bombs have materialized with which to ACTUALLY kill us. But, a threat against our lives, they certainly are.
Why is it that the IRS can target Conservative groups and pro-Israel or Jewish groups; the Department of Justice can make an industry example of Jewish companies; various state agencies, or their employees can seem to be targetting Jewish individuals; and, yet, they can’t seem to create a proper algorithm to detect the keywords, or to design the computer programs or telephone tracers which will alert the chatter-masters to uncover the perpetrators of these supposed “hoaxes”?
What kind of “hoax” is actually being perpetrated, and by whom?
Ginsburg, Johanna. “Bomb Threat at Temple Beth Shalom in Livingston”; New Jersey Jewish News.com; March 21, 2017: