Jewish Community Centers in the U.S. were targeted again on Wednesday with another incident occurring at a JCC in Staten Island, New York. Graffiti was reported around nine am and consisted of two swastikas drawn next to the word ‘bomb’. This most recent occurrence follows a string of bomb threats made the previous week on sixteen Jewish Community Centers across six states and in the U.K.
Paul Goldenberg, Director of Secure Community Network said, “The calls were prerecorded in some cases and live in others, with the caller using voice disguising technology, and likely came from a single source.” All the threats were false, however Goldenberg suggested the intention of the threats were to produce disorder and distress.
Targeting Jewish Community Centers is unacceptable and inappropriate. These are not just small crimes; rather the threats are very severe. The danger of a bomb is frightening and can cause a lot of damage, both to property and even worse to life. It is disappointing that Jews are discriminated against because of their religion especially in a place like the United States, which is known for accepting all types of people, regardless of their race or religious beliefs.
To quote Evan R. Bernstein, the Anti-Defamation League’s New York Regional Director, “No community center should ever be subjected to bomb threats or hate symbols. Although the threat was deemed to be not credible, these incidents create anxiety and fear and have zero place in our society.” One can only hope that one day we will live in a world where Jews do not have to feel afraid because of who they are.
Source: Breitbart News
Image: JCC of Staten Island Website (Fine Art Photos)
by: Ohad Barazani