New York – Following reports of antisemitic, violent threats against Jewish organizations and individuals across the country, including bomb threats against Jewish centers in at least six states and violent harassment of a Jewish couple in Maryland, Stosh Cotler, CEO of Bend the Arc Jewish Action, released the following statement:
“In recent days, we have seen manifestations of the hatred stirred up by President-elect Donald Trump throughout his campaign. Trump helped to create the atmosphere of bigotry and violence that has resulted in these dangerous threats against Jewish institutions and individuals. Now, from his powerful position, he has chosen to remain silent as Americans are targeted with violent intimidation because of their religious and political beliefs, acts that conflict with the basic principles of the nation he will soon lead.
“We call on President-elect Trump to swiftly and vigorously denounce these vicious threats. His passivity in the face of these hateful actions is shameful and unacceptable. Bend the Arc Jewish Action will continue to denounce this escalating violence against our fellow Jews and against the targets of Trump’s campaign rhetoric, including Muslims, immigrants, women and people of color.”