Statement On Developments in the Case Against Perpetrator of Bomb Threats to Jewish Institutions

New York, NY, August 8, 2017 … The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) today issued the following statement after developments in the case of the Israeli-American teenager Michael Kadar, who was accused of carrying out a series of bomb threats against Jewish community institutions this year. The reports allege that Kadar sold his services on an online platform that was shut down by U.S. authorities last month:

The new information does not change our view that the bomb threats against Jewish institutions were anti-Semitic and harmful to the communities targeted. No matter who placed the calls or why the calls were placed, the outcome was the same: they instilled fear and disrupted communities across the country.

ADL will continue to take this issue very seriously and look forward to working with our law enforcement partners on any new developments.

According to ADL research, since January 2017, 167 bomb threats have targeted Jewish institutions across the country, including Jewish Community Centers, schools, synagogues and ADL offices in New York, San Francisco, Washington, D.C., Atlanta and Boston.

The Anti-Defamation League was founded in 1913 to stop the defamation of the Jewish people and to secure justice and fair treatment to all. Today it is the world’s leading organization combating anti-Semitism, exposing hate groups, training law enforcement on hate crimes, developing anti-bias education programs for students, countering cyber-hate and relentlessly pursuing equal rights for all.

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