Sessions Meets With Jewish Community Center Association After Threats

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March 30, 2017 12:46 p.m.

Attorney General Jeff Sessions met on Thursday with Jewish community leaders who asked Sessions earlier in March for a meeting to discuss action against waves of bomb threats to Jewish community centers across the United States.

Justice Department spokesman Ian D. Prior told TPM by email that Sessions “had a positive and productive conversation with the Jewish Community Centers and JCC Association of North America.”

“The Department of Justice will not tolerate hate crimes against Jewish communities or the targeting of any community in this country on the basis of their religious beliefs,” Prior said.

He said that Sessions commends Jewish community centers “for their responsiveness, efficiency, calm and competence in the face of those who would threaten these institutions and the millions of Americans who walk through their doors.”

Earlier in March, 141 Jewish Community Center Movement leaders signed a letter to the Justice Department amid at least the fourth wave of threats against Jewish organizations since January.

The letter’s signatories requested a meeting with Sessions to “discuss specific steps that will be taken to deter further threats, discuss security needs, and seek justice.”

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