Jewish cemetery vandalized, 11 Jewish centers threatened

Since 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.
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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.

Over 100 gravestones were destroyed in the 123 year old Jewish cemetery Photo Credit: Channel 2 News (screenshot)

"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.

Over 57 JCCs have received bomb threats since January 9th Photo Credit: CNN/Channel 2 News

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.

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.

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