Bomb threat at Jewish museum opens old wounds for activist
Thursday's bomb threat at the Jewish Children's Museum in Crown Heights opened old wounds for Devorah Halberstam, whose son died 23 years ago last week after a terrorist shot and killed him on the Brooklyn Bridge.
The gunman, a Lebanese immigrant, killed 16-year-old Ari Halberstam in 1994. He was armed with automatic weapons when he attacked a van filled with Brooklyn school children returning from a prayer service.
Devorah Halberstam is a public activist who has spoken out against gun violence and terrorism, and is credited with being a major force behind the creation of anti-terrorism laws in New York State. She raised the funds to open the museum during its early development in honor of her late son.
She spoke outside the museum Thursday alongside Gov. Andrew Cuomo, and broke down as she was reminded of her son and the message of tolerance the museum stands for.
"No parents ever gets over the death of their own children," she says, " It's like I'm bleeding all over again."
The governor pledged to provide more funding for security at cultural centers and schools across the state that may be prone to an attack.
Thursday's threat is among more than 130 bomb threats to Jewish community centers across the country since the start of the new year.
The Jewish Children's Museum released a statement saying, "The Jewish Children's Museum thanks the NYPD for their continuous protection and their ongoing work to find the source of the threat and eliminate such acts of hatred, as well as the outpouring of support from our friends and the general public."
No one was reported injured, and no bombs were discovered at the museum.