Brandeis University reopens after bomb threat

Brandeis University reopens its campus hours after receiving an email bomb threat.

Arutz Sheva Staff,

Police line (illustration)
Police line (illustration)
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Brandeis University reopened its campus on Wednesday, following an email bomb threat, JTA reports.

The suburban Boston campus had closed on Wednesday morning after the university received the threat. People on campus were moved to a secure facility and anyone not on campus was told not to enter.

After law enforcement surveyed the campus and declared it safe, the university reopened in the afternoon, according to the JTA.

A statement from the university said the source of the threat is still under investigation. The statement did not specify whether the threat directed at the school was anti-Semitic in nature.

“The Brandeis campus has been re-opened after a check of buildings by public safety personnel following a bomb threat received earlier today,” the statement said.

Earlier this year, Jewish Community Centers across the United States were hit by a string of bomb threats.

An Israeli-American teenager was later arrested in Israel and accused of being behind those threats.

The teenager is also suspected of being behind similar threats in New Zealand and Australia. In addition, police say he is suspected of a bomb threat to Delta Airlines in February 2015 that led to an emergency landing.

His lawyer has said that he has a brain tumor and suffers from autism.

Another suspect was arrested in the U.S. on suspicion of making threats to eight Jewish institutions, allegedly in a plot to take revenge on a former romantic partner.

The suspect, 31-year-old Juan Thompson, reportedly made some of the threats in the name of a former romantic partner he had been cyberstalking and some on his own in an attempt to portray himself as the victim of a frame-up.

In April, Thompson pleaded not guilty to the charges.




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