On Monday, it was bomb threats.
Almost one-dozen of them, and all called in to Jewish community centers. CBS News reports almost all the threats were clustered in the northeast.
Just one day after hundreds of gravestones were found vandalized at a Jewish cemetery in Philadelphia, Jewish community centers in Delaware, New Jersey and Pennsylvania were evacuated on Monday.
“Anti-Semitism of this nature should not and must not be allowed to endure in our communities. 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 anti-Semitism impacting communities across the country.
“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.”
So far, there has been no public statement or Twitter post from the president. although, as Reuters notes, his press secretary did make a comment at today’s White House press briefing.
“The president continues to be deeply disappointed and concerned by the reports of further vandalism at … Jewish cemeteries,” White House spokesman Sean Spicer told a daily news briefing.
“The president continues to condemn these and any other forms of anti-Semitic and hateful acts in the strongest terms,” he said, referring to a Jewish cemetery in Philadelphia that was vandalized and other acts.
Simply put, that’s not good enough. The president must make a potent statement about this crisis of hate and follow it up with meaningful action, something I first called for yesterday in the aftermath of the attack on the Jewish cemetery in Philadelphia.
Recognizing that this president takes to Twitter to let the public know what he thinks on a whole host of issues, it is incumbent upon him to do that now. Hate that is not tamped down will spread; the New Republic has a photo essay that documents the growth of KKK and pro-Nazi groups in the United States.
Unless the president speaks up, it’s fair to question whether he’s really bothered by what is taking place.