Emerge USA joins our fellow citizens in condemning rising anti-Semitism in America. The Jewish community continues to suffer from hateful threats and assaults that appear to have accelerated since the November 2016 elections. The recent attack on a St. Louis-based Jewish graveyard, which damaged 170 headstones dating back to the 1800s, is the latest example of such worrying trends.
At Emerge USA, we assert that there is absolutely no room for such violence or hateful rhetoric against the Jewish community, or any other religious or minority group. We are, however, heartened to hear that members of the Muslim community have started a fundraising drive in order to support the repair of the damaged headstones.
“We extend our heartfelt condolences and offer our support to the Jewish community and those who have been personally affected by this reprehensible incident,” said Wa’el Alzayat, CEO of Emerge USA. “Violence against religious and minority groups is becoming a common trend in the United States, unfortunately, and one which we call on our elected officials to more vigorously combat.”
Since the start of the new year, 54 Jewish community centers in 27 states and one Canadian province have received several bomb threats, according to the Jewish Community Center Association. Earlier this year, a shooter killed six Muslim worshipers at a Quebec mosque and injured countless more. We call on our elected officials, especially the Trump Administration, to adopt clearer language against, and to prosecute to the full extent of the law, hate crimes that are directed at people irrespective of their religious faith, ethnic and national identity, or sexual orientation.