Jewish centers across America and Canada have been receiving a huge increase in bomb threats just this year. On Monday alone, 30 bomb threats were called in, leaving the number of threats so far this year at over 100. One anonymous CEO of a Jewish Community Center in the northeast said,
“This is the first time in the 60-plus years of our organization we have had a bomb threat called in. And now we’ve had three bomb threats this year.”
In addition to bomb threats, multiple Jewish cemeteries have been desecrated. One Jewish cemetery in St Louis had over 100 headstones knocked over. The same thing happened at another cemetery in Philadelphia over the weekend.
Philly Jewish cemetery was vandalized at least as early as Feb. 21, says Laurel Hill Cemetery superintendent https://t.co/AsFKyIrI8n
— Stephanie Farr (@FarFarrAway) February 28, 2017
CEO of the Anti-Defamation League, Jonathan A. Greenblatt, said in a statement,
“The level of threats and incidents is astounding, and must not stand. We will do everything in our power to combat this wave of anti-Semitism.”
Luckily none of the threats have come to fruition and no one has been hurt, but given the past discrimination against Jews, many in the community are understandably on edge. What is even more troubling is how quickly this phenomena came about. The real question is, “what is driving the recent surge in anti-semitism?”