FBI head discusses bomb threats with Jewish groups

FBI head discusses bomb threats with Jewish groups
© Greg Nash

FBI Director James Comey met with Jewish leaders Friday to discuss the wave of threats against community institutions and the arrest of a man suspected of making some of them. 

“The conversation encompassed the current situation and potential strategies for future collaboration,” the JCC Association of North America said in a statement. 

"All the organizations in attendance expressed the deep gratitude of the entire community for the extraordinary effort that the FBI is applying to the ongoing investigation," the organization added. 

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Comey and members of his senior leadership team assured the community representatives that “the investigation is a top priority for the FBI” and that “agents and analysts across the country” are working on the case. 

“The FBI is committed to ensuring that people of all races and religions feel safe in their communities and places of worship,” the agency said in a statement. 

The meeting came after federal authorities announced it arrested a former journalist who is suspected of making at least eight threats against Jewish community centers, museums and schools. 

Juan Thompson, 31, is accused of making the threats in an attempt to frame an ex-girlfriend, whom he was also charged with cyberstalking. 

Authorities believe Thompson is not behind all of the threats. Nearly 100 institutions across 33 states have received bomb threats since the beginning of the year. Vandals have desecrated at least Jewish cemeteries nationwide, raising fears of a rise in anti-Semitism.