‘’Recent threats targeting Jewish Community Centers and vandalism of Jewish cemeteries, as well as last week’s shooting in Kansas City, remind us that while we may be a Nation divided on policies, we are a country that stands united in condemning hate and evil in all its forms,’’ said US President Donald Trump as he opened his much anticipated address to a special joint session of the American Congress by condemning the recent spate of anti-Semitic incidents across the country.
Following a new wave of bomb threats to Jewish Community Centers (JCCs) and day schools in several US states, the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) issued a security advisory to Jewish institutions across the country.
World Jewish Congress President Ronald S. Lauder has condemned the desecration of the Mount Carmel Jewish Cemetery in Philadelphia as a “despicable and cowardly act of hatred” and urged citizens and local authorities across the United States to be vigilant against all signs of anti-Semitism.
The Simon Wiesenthal Centre expressed rage at the ruling by an investigating magistrate in Creteil, a Paris suburb, who rejected the anti-Semitic character of a December 2014 violent attack on a young Jewish couple, and the decision to close the case.
Malcolm Hoenlein, CEO of the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations, has called for world leaders to convene a World Conference on Anti-Semitism similar to the international gatherings convened in Brussels in 1970 and 1976 to address the plight of Soviet Jews.