White House press secretary Sean Spicer condemned the latest wave of threats against Jewish Community Centers and the vandalization of a Jewish cemetery in Philadelphia over the weekend.
“The president continues to be deeply disappointed and concerned into the reports of further vandalism at Jewish cemeteries,” Spicer said. “The president continues to condemn these and other forms of anti-Semitic and hateful acts.”
In Philadelphia, 75 to 100 tombstones were damaged Saturday night at a Jewish cemetery. This follows a similar incident in St. Louis, Missouri, last weekend and strings of nationwide bomb threats against Jewish Community Centers.
“From our country’s founding we have been devoted to allowing our citizens rights to worship,” he said. “The president is dedicated to preserving the originating principle of our nation.”
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo called for New York state police to investigate the bomb threats, saying the “full force of government” would be used to find those responsible.
The national JCC Association called Monday for the federal government to “speak out forcefully” against anti-Semitism.
“Members of our community must see swift and concerted action from federal officials to identify and capture the perpetrator or perpetrators who are trying to instill anxiety and fear in our communities,” David Posner, director of strategic performance at JCC Association of North America, said in a statement.
Spicer also mentioned the shooting of two Indian men in Kansas that is believed to be racially motivated.
“While the story is evolving, early reports out of Kansas are equally disturbing,” Spicer said.