- Associated Press - Thursday, March 16, 2017

MASON CITY, Iowa (AP) - Police are looking into who has been targeting a Mason City synagogue with profanity-laced phone messages.

The Globe Gazette reports (https://bit.ly/2neVSzV ) that the most recent call came around 2:30 a.m. Wednesday. The call to the Adas Israel synagogue rang through to the home of its president, Alan Steckman, who said a man told him Zionists need to get out of town. Steckman believes it was the same man who left an anti-Semitic voicemail message on the Steckmans’ answering machine on March 5.

Mason City police are investigating both incidents and have stepped up security around the synagogue. They’ve also notified the FBI.

Federal officials have been investigating more than 120 threats against Jewish organizations in dozens of states since Jan. 9 and a rash of vandalism at Jewish cemeteries.


Information from: Globe Gazette, https://www.globegazette.com/

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