US bishops denounce rise in anti-Semitic attacks [CNA]

#1 D.C., Feb 27, 2017 / 02:24 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The U.S. bishops are responding with solidarity and concern for the Jewish community, following a surge in anti-Semitic actions in recent weeks.

“On behalf of the Bishops and people of the Catholic Church, as the Chairman of the Bishops’ Committee for Ecumenical and Interreligious Affairs, I want to express our deep sympathy, solidarity, and support to our Jewish brothers and sisters,” said Bishop Mitchell T. Rozanksi of Springfield in a press release.

“I wish to offer our deepest concern, as well as our unequivocal rejection of these hateful actions,” Bishop Rozanski continued.

On Feb. 20, more than 150 headstones were damaged in University City, Missouri at the Chesed Shel Emeth Cemetery. Just a week later, over 100 headstones were found similarly knocked over at the Mount Carmel Jewish Cemetery in Philadelphia.

Archbishop Charles Chaput of Philadelphia was “deeply saddened” by the vandalism at Mount Carmel Jewish Cemetery, and called for “prayerful solidarity with the families of those whose final resting places have been disturbed.”

“As a community, we must speak out to condemn inflammatory messages and actions that serve only to divide, stigmatize, and incite prejudice,” the archbishop continued. “We must continually and loudly reject attempts to alienate and persecute the members of any religious tradition. Rather, as members of diverse faith and ethnic communities throughout the region, we must stand up for one another and improve the quality of life for everyone by building bridges of trust and understanding.”

No suspects have been named in either case, but the damage has reached hundreds of thousands of dollars.

More than 50 bomb threats targeting the Jewish community have also been reported across the country since the beginning of the year, including scares at Jewish community centers in Philadelphia, Baltimore, and Milwaukee.

According to the Anti-Defamation League, violent anti-Semitic actions soared in 2015, and continued into 2016 with increased online anti-Semitic harassment.

Leaders and officials have denounced the surge in anti-Semitic actions, including words from President Donald Trump last week, who said the recent attacks on the Jewish community were “horrible and are a painful and a very sad reminder of the work that still must be done to root out hate and prejudice and evil.”

Mayor Jim Kenney of Philadelphia also spoke out, saying that “hate is not permissible in Philadelphia,” and that the perpetrators “will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law,” according to the New York Times.

Echoing these sentiments, Bishop Rozanski promised that “the Catholic Church stands in love with the Jewish community in the current face of anti-Semitism.”

Quoting Pope Francis, he pointed to the dangers of the anti-Semitic attacks, linking them to acts of dehumanization, which is most notably seen in hatred towards neighbors.

However, the Springfield bishop also voiced hope that these attacks could be an opportunity for neighborly love to shine brightly.

“But here we also find an opportunity: that the light of the love of neighbor may illuminate the Earth with its stunning brightness like a lightning bolt in the dark; that it may wake us up and let true humanity burst through with authentic resistance, resilience and persistence.”

“I encourage everyone to remember their neighbor, to find the opportunities to be lights of resistance, resilience, and persistence during these contentious times, especially with all our brothers and sisters of faith.”

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As well they should, both here and in the Middle East. So far, they’re halfway there.


Neither the FBI nor the ADL has yet issued a report for 2016, much less for the beginning of 2017, which has witnessed a slew of high-profile attacks and threats against Jews and their institutions.

But both can discern from their collection of reported incidents a clear increase in activity beyond what they have seen in recent memory.

“Regardless of what final numbers of antisemitic incidents will be, we’re definitely seeing an uptick in reporting – and that’s actually why it takes longer to go through this data and verify everything. It was happening before Election Day, but definitely since Election Day, we’ve seen an uptick,” said Oren Segal, director of the ADL’s Center on Extremism.

“We’ve never seen anything like this before,” he added.

I’ve said it before…

“Let all the poisons that lurk in the mud hatch out.”
– Robert Graves, I, Claudius


I’m franky a bit disappointed Federal Authorities have not apprehended or identified individual(s) involved in this threat campaign.


Please do not try to connect any of this to Trump. Donald Trump is not anti-Semitic. Benjamin Netanyahu said that he considers him the strongest supporter of the Jewish State of Israel. Period. His daughter Ivanka married a Jewish man, Jared Kushner, who is now one of his top aides, and she became Jewish herself.

It also doesn’t make sense to attribute anti-Semitic actions to inspiration from Trump. When it comes to racist actions (even though Trump is not racist at all), I can see where people might get the wrong idea and do things in his name that he doesn’t support. But, anti-Semitic stuff is not related to Trump at all and to connect it to him is foolhardy.

Not to mention the possibility that some of these things are indeed actions done by the radical left to turn people against Trump and conservative America.

May God bless you all! :slight_smile:


I don’t think this can really be pinned on Trump. Due to his more traditional views, Trump attracted a lot of the far-right white supremacist crowd. Those are the type to carry out these attacks. The election of Trump emboldened those people despite Trump not having those extremist views himself. I don’t see any fault for Trump in this except being too slow-moving to address the problem.


OP cannot find a single news article anywhere on earth that does not seem to blame Donald Trump for the ice age, dinosaurs dying out, the common cold or the heartbreak of psoriasis.

I thought agendas were against forum rules?


And apparently all you can do is sling ad hominem attacks (in two threads no less). You’ve really nothing better to offer than an attack against me? You can’t genuinely engage with the subject of the thread? :rolleyes:

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