Purim is usually a joyous time of year because it’s when Jews celebrate their deliverance from Haman and the Persian Empire. The festivities are detailed in the Book of Esther (9:22).
During Purim, Jews traditionally give to charities and show love to the poor, but this year--not in Israel, but in the United States—the celebrations were interrupted with anti-Semitic hate.
At least two Jewish community centers—one in Indianapolis and another in Brighton, New York were targets of bomb threats. Each had received threats previously, less than two weeks ago.
This time, hundreds of people were evacuated from the buildings as they gathered for community festivities.
Alarmingly, anti-Jewish hate is on the upswing. The Anti-Defamation League reports 150 threats have been received against Jewish institutions since this January.
Most Americans would assume the majority of religious hate crimes in the U.S. are committed against Muslims. Not so.
Of the 1,354 incidents reported in 2015, 695 were anti-Jewish incidents claiming 731 victims. 257 incidents were reported against Muslims in 2015, claiming 307 Muslim victims.
See the full report here: Religious Hate Crimes.
And watch my video above to see more on the latest anti-Semitic threats.
As “One Nation under God,” Americans of all races and creeds must stand against anti-Semitic, anti-Islamic, anti-LGBT, and racist hate.
May President Trump’s recent remarks to the U.S. Congress resonate throughout the U.S.A.:
“While we may be a nation divided on policies, we are a country that stands united in condemning hate and evil in all of its very ugly forms.”
*The Purim photo in the video is courtesy of Yoninah.