New York, NY, February 27, 2017 – The Anti-Defamation League’s San Francisco Regional Office was evacuated late this afternoon after a bomb threat was received by a staff person answering calls at the location. The threat was the latest in a series of nearly two-dozen threats fielded by local Jewish institutions across the country earlier today, and the second bomb call threat received at an ADL office in the past week.
Local law enforcement authorities are currently on the scene and an investigation is underway. The ADL offices were evacuated without incident. A number of Jewish Community Centers in Northern California were targeted in the first wave of calls several weeks ago.
“One threat or evacuation is one too many, and yet we’ve now seen more than 20 incidents in a single day not just to ADL, but to children’s schools and community centers — and more than 90 incidents since the start of this year,” said Jonathan A. Greenblatt, ADL CEO. “The level of threats and incidents is astounding, and must not stand. We will do everything in our power to combat this wave of anti-Semitism.”
The call to ADL’s San Francisco Office was logged at 4:19 p.m. local time.
ADL is working closely with law enforcement officials at the local, state and national level in response to the calls and has previously convened community security briefings. Earlier today, Mr. Greenblatt released the “ADL Action Plan on Anti-Semitism” calling on the Trump Administration to adopt a plan of action to address the scourge of threats aimed at Jewish institutions, including ordering the Justice Department to launch a robust investigation into these incidents, establishing an interagency task force o combat anti-Semitism, and improving hate crime training, reporting, and response.
The Anti-Defamation League, founded in 1913, is the world’s leading organization fighting anti-Semitism through programs and services that counteract hatred, prejudice and bigotry.