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February 27, 2017 6:04 pm

White House: President Trump ‘Deeply Disappointed and Concerned’ by Ongoing Antisemitism Upsurge Across US

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Overturned gravestones at a Jewish cemetery in Philadelphia. Photo: Screenshot.

Overturned gravestones at a Jewish cemetery in Philadelphia. Photo: Screenshot.

President Donald Trump is “deeply disappointed and concerned” by the ongoing upsurge in antisemitism across the US, White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer said on Monday.

At a White House press briefing, Spicer referred to the recent desecration of two Jewish cemeteries — in St. Louis and Philadelphia — and the spate of telephone bomb threats targeting Jewish institutions.

“The president continues to condemn these and any other form of antisemitic and hateful acts in the strongest terms,” Spicer said. “No one in America should feel afraid to follow the religion of their choosing freely and openly. The president is dedicated to preserving this originating principle of our nation.”

On Monday, bomb threats were called into Jewish community centers and schools in 11 states.

“Antisemitism of this nature should not and must not be allowed to endure in our communities,” David Posner — director of strategic performance at the JCC Association of North America — said in a statement.

“The Justice Department, Homeland Security, the FBI, and the White House, alongside Congress and local officials, must speak out — and speak out forcefully — against this scourge of antisemitism impacting communities across the country,” he continued. “Actions speak louder than words. Members of our community must see swift and concerted action from federal officials to identify and capture the perpetrator or perpetrators who are trying to instill anxiety and fear in our communities.”

“We remain grateful to local law enforcement who continue to serve our communities and ensure that our JCCs and schools remain safe and open for business as the vital community institutions they are,” Posner concluded.

Last Monday, at least ten Jewish community centers in the US received bomb threats.

Last month, an international security consultant and political risk analyst told The Algemeiner that the bomb threats directed at the Jewish community were part of an “unfortunate growing trend.”

“There has been an increase in non-profit organizations — both Jewish and not — receiving these types of bomb threats, whether through robocalls or other telephonic means,” Dr. Joshua Gleis, president of Gleis Security Consulting, said.

One reason for this, according to Gleis, is technology.

“It’s very easy today to anonymously make phone calls,” he noted. “Law enforcement cannot always find out where they are coming from.”

The perpetrators, Gleis said, might “just be looking to sow fear in the community.”

“But another concern, which is more sinister, is that it is not just to create panic and fear, but really, God forbid, to see how different organizations respond and then potentially attack them while they’re responding — for example attack them while they are evacuating, where they could be potentially more vulnerable because now there are hundreds of people outside,” he added.

Watch Spicer’s remarks below:

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  • Not-a-RINO

    The good people have always had to endure and clean up afterwards the acts of the uncivilized, evil people. If we truly believe in a just God, then we know these lowlifes will get away with nothing on their Judgement Day. Their reward awaits them.

  • Simone Miller

    Our president should be known by his actions not by his words which are subject to change in mid sentence. His base has a large number of white supremacists, he was backed by the kkk and his top adviser is steve bannon a self proclaimed anti-Semite. Be wary of what you believe.

  • NYCView

    One can only trust that in this age of sophisticated investigatory tools, surveiiance cameras galore and high-tech computerized data techniques, law enforcement is sufficiently armed to track and capture these malevolent misfits.

  • Reb_Yaakov

    It’s gratifying that Spicer sees Judaism as a religion that people choose to follow.