After it was reported that a St. Louis Jewish cemetery was vandalized, many Jewish Americans are concerned about the increasing wave of anti-Semitic incidents. “We are concerned about the anti-Semitism behind these threats and the repetition of threats intended to interfere with day-to-day life,” said a senior level JCC Association of North America official.
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After it was reported that a Jewish cemetery in St. Louis, Missouri, was seriously vandalized over the weekend, family members whose loved ones are buried there came to the site in order to see whether their relatives’ gravestones were desecrated. Robin Rickerman, whose relatives are buried at the Chesed Shel Emeth Society, told Fox News that some of the people buried there were Holocaust survivors. “They shouldn’t have to endure any more trauma,” she said. “Let them be settled.”
Golda Burke also has relatives who are buried at the Jewish cemetery. Burke rushed to the cemetery today in order to check whether her loved ones’ gravestones were vandalized. “I can’t believe people would do that anywhere to anyone,” she said.
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This serious incident is just one of several incidents involving Jewish targets that have taken place across the country over the past few months. As reported by JOL two weeks ago, one of the oldest synagogues in Chicago was vandalized and anti-Semitic messages were written on the walls of New York subway car. These incidents were part of the reason U.S. President Donald Trump was asked during his first solo press conference about anti-Semitism.
“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.
Yesterday, 11 Jewish Community Centers across the United States were evacuated and shut down after receiving bomb threats. CNN reported today that a neo-Nazi event took place not far away from Trump’s inauguration ceremony in Washington, DC.