Trump slams Jewish reporter for asking about anti-Semitism
Jewish cemetery vandalized, 11 Jewish centers threatenedSince the start of the year, over 69 threats have been made against Jewish Community Centers across 27 states. Moreover, a St. Louis Jewish cemetery was extensively vandalized yesterday though police have yet to determine whether the destruction of over 100 gravestones was a hate crime.
The wave of American anti-Semitism continues as Missouri state authorities investigate the vandalism of over 100 gravestones in the old Jewish cemetery Chesed Shel Emeth Society in a St. Louis suburb yesterday (Monday). Meanwhile, another 11 Jewish Community Centers across the United States were evacuated and shut down yesterday after receiving bomb threats. US President Donald Trump, who just days before declared himself the “least anti-Semitic person,” has yet to recognize this growing wave of incidents.
Local authorities began their investigation reviewing the security cameras at the 123-year-old cemetery yet have not said whether they are treating the incident as a hate crime. In solidarity, the Council on American-Islamic Relations has offered a $5,000 reward to anyone who provides information leading to the arrest and conviction of those involved in the crime.
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"It is the duty of American Muslims to offer support to the Jewish community and any minority group targeted in the recent spike in hate crimes nationwide," said CAIR National Executive Director Nihad Awad. "We hope this reward will aid in the swift apprehension and prosecution of the perpetrators."
All threats against the Jewish Community Centers were investigated and found to be hoaxes but the Jewish Community Centers Association is concerned about the growing phenomenon as 69 JCCs in 27 states have received such threats since the start of 2017.
“While we are relieved that all such threats have proven to be hoaxes and that not a single person was harmed, we are concerned about the anti-Semitism behind these threats and the repetition of threats intended to interfere with day-to-day life,” director of strategic performance of the JCC Association of North America David Posner said in a statement.
The Anti-Defamation League also condemned the recent events and urged politicians to speak out against these clear acts of anti-Semitism. As reported by JOL last week, Trump was asked about the wave of anti-Semitic incidents during his first solo press conference. His daughter Ivanka Trump, who converted to Judaism, tweeted about the matter.
America is a nation built on the principle of religious tolerance. We must protect our houses of worship & religious centers. #JCC— Ivanka Trump (@IvankaTrump) February 20, 2017
In addition, Chelsea Clinton, former Democratic Presidential Candidate Hillary Clinton’s daughter, tweeted calling on the President to unequivocally condemn these acts of anti-Semitism.
<2 months into 2017: JCC bomb threats, synagogue defamed, subway swastikas, Jewish cemetery desecrated. NOW will Trump condemn antisemitism? https://t.co/bCoT5FhRxN— Chelsea Clinton (@ChelseaClinton) February 20, 2017
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