Ivanka Trump displayed her support towards the Jewish community on Twitter after 11 Jewish Community Centers were targeted with bomb hoaxes on President’s Day.
She tweeted: ‘America is a nation built on the principle of religious tolerance. We must protect our houses of worship & religious centers. #JCC.’
11 JCCs were evacuated in Birmingham, Cleveland, Chicago, St. Paul, Tampa, Tulsa, Nashville, Milwaukee, Houston and Buffalo after receiving the threats. However, all the threats turn out to be redundant and no person is injured. The incident took place on Monday. This was followed by the FBI launch of a hate crime investigation into JCCs after they received 60 threats in January alone. The FBI has labelled these bomb threats hate crimes, not terrorism. In January alone, JCCs received 60 bomb threats in the US and Canada.
Although the President himself has not commented on the attacks, White House press secretary Sean Spicer responded to the nationwide threats saying ‘Hatred and hate-motivated violence of any kind have no place in a country founded on the promise of individuals freedom.’
Ivanka, daughter of US President Donald Trump, flew back to Washington D.C. on Monday after spending the weekend in Mar-a-Lago, converted to Orthodox Judaism when she was 27 before marrying Jared Kushner.
Concerning the most recent threats, the FBI said,” ‘The FBI and the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division are investigating possible civil rights violations in connection with threats to Jewish Community Centers across the country.”
As per Daily Mail’s reports, David Posner, director of strategic performance at JCC Association of North America said in a statement: ‘While we are relieved that all such threats have proven to be hoaxes and that not a single person was harmed, we are concerned about the anti-Semitism behind these threats, and the repetition of threats intended to interfere with day-to-day life.’