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Md. congressional delegation calls for federal investigation into Jewish threats

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Posted at 7:49 PM, Mar 01, 2017
and last updated 2017-03-01 19:49:38-05

A bipartisan congressional delegation is calling on the FBI and the Justice Department to investigate recent anti-semitic threats in Maryland. 

Maryland's bipartisan Congressional delegation, led by Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen, with Congressmen Steny H. Hoyer, Anthony Brown, Elijah E. Cummings, John K. Delaney, Andy Harris, Jamie Raskin, C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger and John P. Sarbanes have written to Rod Rosenstein, U.S. Attorney for the District of Maryland, and his counterpart at the FBI, Gordon B. Johnson, Special Agent in Charge, Baltimore, to use "the full resources of the Justice Department to investigate and prosecute hate crimes and violence in the state of Maryland." 

As recently as Monday, another wave of threats to Jewish day schools and institutions occurred across the country, including Jewish day schools in Rockville and Annapolis, and a Jewish Community Center in Owings Mills. Maryland is not alone, with threats reported in over 20 states in recent weeks. 

The delegation wrote: "In Maryland, bomb threats have disrupted classroom activities as well as events at Jewish community centers, coupled with the rise of neo-Nazi propaganda. These hate-filled threats are intended to strike fear across the country and represent a troubling trend that we must bring to an end. … Each threat needs to be treated with the utmost seriousness as we band together to discourage such vicious language and activity."