Dozens of tombstones in a Jewish cemetery in Missouri were reversed in this that the governor of the state is described as an “act of desecration” due to growing concerns about a US-wide rise of anti-semitism.
More than 100 headstones at the Chesed Shel Emeth cemetery of Saint-Louis were damaged or struck Monday in the attack.
The Police say they have not ruled out the treatment of the damage as a hate crime. Lt Fredrick Lemons said investigators were looking at surveillance camera footage to help determine who was driving on the headstones.
The governor of the state, Eric Greitens, has described the attack as a cowardly act of vandalism. In a Facebook post, he said: “those who seek to divide, by means of an act of desecration is the place that they unite to the common will. Their pitiful act of ugliness, we can get even more powerful in our faith.
“Whoever did this slipped in a cemetery, in the secret to break things. We are all in the open to rebuild them, stronger and stronger.”
The jewish community centers in the US receives close to 50 bomb threats in 2017 up to now
The attack comes after figures published by the JCC Association of North America, a Jewish community group coordination, has shown that more than 50 bomb threats had been made against Jewish organizations in the united states since January, including 11 on Monday.
Donald Trump’s administration has been accused of not having enough to condemn anti-semitism. The jewish groups, ” grunted the president of the omission of the mention of Jews or anti-semitism in a statement about the Holocaust.
Speaking during a visit to the National Museum of African-American History and Culture on Tuesday morning, Trump said: “anti-Semitism, it is horrible and it’s going to stop and it must stop.”
He added: “The anti-semitic threats against our community and Jewish community centers are horrible and are painful and very sad reminder of the work that still needs to be done to eradicate hatred and prejudice and evil.”
And he has asked to speak against anti-semitism “every time I get a chance.”
Anti-semitic threats are “horrible”, says Trump
Last week, when the president was asked about anti-semitism by a Jewish journalist, he dismissed the question as unfair and “insulting”.
“Number one, I’m the least anti-semitic person that you have ever seen in your entire life,” he said. “Number two, the racism, the least racist person.”
Asked about the anti-Jewish attacks during a press conference with Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Trump spoke of his electoral college victory before saying that he would do everything he could to stop “the long-simmering racism and any other thing that is happening,” and drawing attention to the Jewish members of his family.
In a press release published Monday, before the attack on the Missouri cemetery has been reported, the White House has strongly condemned the threats against the Jewish community.
CNN quoted the White House, deputy press secretary, Lindsay Walters said: “the Hatred and hate-motivated violence of any kind have no place in a country founded on the promise of individual freedom. The president has made it clear that these measures are unacceptable.”
Trump’s daughter, Ivanka, converted to Judaism when she married Jared Kushner, a principal adviser to his father. In a tweet, she called for religious tolerance and the protection of places of worship and religious centres.
America is a nation built on the principle of religious tolerance. We need to protect our places of worship and religious centres. #CCC
On February 20, 2017
The Anti-Defamation League has stopped short of linking the rise of threats to the Jewish community of the organization to take on the election, stating that there is not enough known about the person or persons behind the calls.