Two suspects connected to bomb threats against Jewish community centers in eleven states were arrested Thursday in Israel. According to the Israeli government, a 19 year old man and his father are being held on suspicion of making the threats to Jewish centers across the country, but members of Sabes in St. Louis Park - one of the threatened centers - say they're focusing on how the community responded.
"The Muslim community, the Christian community, the atheist community, the independent school community has reached out to us to just see how we're doing to offer any support, that's been the real story here," says Yoni Binus, the head of Heilicher Jewish Day School. "We're in a pretty positive place and I think this gives us some resolution."
Letters of support and offers of help from as far away as California poured into Sabes and the school, which created a solidarity wall to display them.
Golden Valley Mayor Shep Harris has two children in the center's school and says despite the threats, he never considered pulling his kids out.
"No. The fact is this is a safe place for my kids to go to school this is a safe place for my kids to participate at the JCC in the plays or in the athletic facilities," Harris said."I'm not going to be one of those people who runs from fear and runs from hate, we're gonna stand up to it, we're gonna say no to it, it's a teachable opportunity for our kids."
Harris says he wants people from all religions and cultures to come together and support each other as a community.
Sabes officials tell us even though the suspects are in custody, they'll remain vigilant to keep their center safe.
CCX News staff
March 24, 2017