Educational Alliance Addresses Ongoing Bomb Threats Against Jewish Community
The recent surge in hate crimes across the country against the Jewish community seems to be spiraling out of control. Reportedly, in 2017 there have been over 100 bomb threats alone, targeting Jewish Community Centers nationwide. It’s only March. This paralyzing statistic has provoked many to action; no, not the White House. Here at home, the Educational Alliance, a 128-year-old mainstay organization founded by Jews to help immigrants escaping persecution in Eastern Europe, added its own two cents.
Alan van Capelle, President & CEO of Educational Alliance, issued a response to heightened insecurities and recent questions that have surfaced.
As a historically Jewish organization overseeing two major Jewish community centers in New York City, we unequivocally reject the idea that daily bomb threats and risks to safety will become the new norm for our families and our community. This organization was proudly founded over 128 years ago by Jewish people, many who fled persecution and saw America as a safe harbor. Educational Alliance was created to be a home to millions seeking freedom and security in a democratic land and we will always fight to protect that tradition. While we have not been the target of these threats, we call upon this city’s officials and law enforcement to immediately address these rising risks and to identify and apprehend the perpetrators. We stand with our community today here in New York and around our nation, ready to assist those who feel less safe in their neighborhood. This kind of prejudice must not be allowed to prosper in our country and in our city. We the people will not be divided from each other.
As a part of their We the People Initiative, the Educational Alliance is also going to be offering a series of anti-violence and de-escalation workshops for both community members and business leaders who want to make their establishments a safe space for all.
And what is the White House doing about all of this? Führer Trump is paying his requisite lip service, but so far, he’s crickets as far as how to quell it.