Israeli embassies on high alert following anthrax scare


JERUSALEM (JTA) — Israeli embassies and consulates raised their alert levels after several missions in the United States and Europe received envelopes containing white powder.

The missions received white envelopes with the word "anthrax" written on them, according to reports; the powder inside was found to be flour.

Among the embassies and consulates that received the envelopes Monday were The Hague, Brussels and London in Europe, and New York, Boston and Houston in the United States.

Hazardous materials crews arrived Monday at the Boston consulate and ordered it closed for the rest of the day. The powder was tested on site and found to be harmless, the Boston Globe reported.

The powder was to be further tested and before being disposed, the newspaper reported.

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