Amid a wave of bomb threats against American Jewish community centers, Hillary Clinton and Ivanka Trump have spoken out.
On Twitter, Trump called for “religious tolerance,” saying that “our houses of worship & religious centers” need to be protected. The First Daughter converted to Orthodox Judaism to marry Jared Kushner, whom her father hired as a senior White House adviser following his election win.
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
Clinton went further, calling on President Donald Trump to speak out against anti-Semitism.
JCC threats, cemetery desecration & online attacks are so troubling & they need to be stopped. Everyone must speak out, starting w/ @POTUS.
— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) February 21, 2017
Clinton’s remark may have done the trick, because Donald Trump made a public statement about the wave of attacks shortly after while touring the African American Museum in D.C.
“[This museum is a] meaningful reminder of why we have to fight bigotry, intolerance and hatred in all of its very ugly forms,” Trump said, according to the Los Angeles Times. “The anti-Semitic threats targeting our Jewish community and community centers are horrible and are painful and a very sad reminder of the work that still must be done to root out hate and prejudice and evil.”
— ABC News (@ABC) February 21, 2017
In January alone, 53 centers in 26 states and one Canadian province have received bomb threats. The latest bomb threat — taking place on Monday — targeted 11 Jewish community centers.
“Since the beginning of this year, we’ve seen four waves of these threats — we’ve never seen that before,” said David Posner, the director of strategic performance at the JCC Association of North America, to The New York Times. He added that only one Jewish community center reported a bomb threat in 2016.
Next, check out how anti-Semitic hate crimes have doubled in New York City so far in 2017, before reading about the Jewish community members in Texas who offered their synagogue to local Muslims after their mosque burned down.