President Donald Trump condemned recent anti-Semitic actions during a speech at the African-American museum in Washington on Tuesday, calling them a “very sad reminder of the work that still must be done to root our hate and prejudice and evil.”
Earlier this week, 11 Jewish community across the country received hoax bomb threats and more than 170 headstones were damaged at a Jewish cemetery in St Louis, Missouri.
“The anti-Semitic threats targeting our Jewish community and community centers are horrible and are painful,” Trump said. “We have to fight bigotry, intolerance and hatred in all of its very ugly forms.”
Trump’s daughter, Ivanka, attended the speech and stood by her father’s side as he made the remarks. Ivanka converted to Judaism after marrying Jared Kushner and their children are being raised Jewish, making President Trump the grandfather to Jewish children.
Ivanka took to Twitter on Monday to condemn the threats.
America is a nation built on the principle of religious tolerance. We must protect our houses of worship & religious centers. #JCC
— Ivanka Trump (@IvankaTrump) February 20, 2017
“We will not be cowed by threats intended to disrupt people’s lives or the vital role Jewish community centers play as gathering places, schools, camps, and fitness and recreation”, the JCC said in a statement on Monday.
All of the affected centers have returned to normal operations, according to the Associated Press.
Jewish groups criticized the White House last month after issuing an International Holocaust Remembrance Day statement that did not mention the word “Jews.”
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