Ivanka Trump took to Twitter to show her support for the Jewish community after 11 Jewish Community Centers were targeted with bomb hoaxes on President’s Day.
She tweeted: ‘America is a nation built on the principle of religious tolerance. We must protect our houses of worship & religious centers. #JCC.’
From The Daily Mail
On Monday 11 JCCs were evacuated in Birmingham, Cleveland, Chicago, St. Paul, Tampa, Tulsa, Nashville, Milwaukee, Houston and Buffalo after receiving the threats. All appear to be hoaxes and no one has been injured.
They come after the FBI launched a hate crime investigation into JCCs after 60 threats were received in January.
The First Daughter, who flew back to Washington D.C. on Monday after spending the weekend in Mar-a-Lago, converted to Orthodox Judaism when she was 27 before marrying Jared Kushner.
In regards to the most recent threats, the FBI said in a statement: ‘The FBI and the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division are investigating possible civil rights violations in connection with threats to Jewish Community Centers across the country.’
The FBI has labeled these bomb threats hate crimes, not terrorism.
In January alone, JCCs received 60 bomb threats in the US and Canada.
David Posner, director of strategic performance at JCC Association of North America said in a statement: ‘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.’
Ivanka and her husband Jared Kushner were photographed hosting Shabbat last month, inviting members of Team Trump to observe the Sabbath with them.
Former First Daughter Chelsea Clinton, who is also Ivanka’s friend, also took to Twitter and criticized President Trump for not commenting on the attacks or the Jewish cemetery vandalism in St. Louis Monday.
She wrote on Twitter with a link to a statement by JCC North America: ‘<2 months into 2017: ‘JCC bomb threats, synagogue defamed, subway swastikas, Jewish cemetery desecrated. NOW will Trump condemn antisemitism?’
Many took to Twitter to echo Clinton’s sentiments, pointing to the President’s lack of action towards minority targeted hate.
Although the President himself has not commented on the attacks, White House press secretary Sean Spicer responded to the nationwide threats, telling NBC News: ‘Hatred and hate-motivated violence of any kind have no place in a country founded on the promise of individuals freedom.’
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