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Rep. Zeldin Sends Letter to DHS Secretary, Attorney General and FBI Director Regarding Rise in Anti-Semitic Acts

February 23, 2017
Press Release

Washington, DC - Congressman Lee Zeldin (R, NY-1), member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee and Co-Chair of the House Republican Israel Caucus, sent a letter on February 22, 2017 to Secretary of Homeland Security John Kelly, Attorney General Jeff Sessions, and FBI Director James Comey, regarding the latest rise of anti-semitic acts, including the targeting of dozens of Jewish Community Centers (JCCs) across the country that have received bomb threats from anonymous callers. You can view a copy of the letter here: PDF iconJCC threat letter.pdf

Congressman Zeldin said, “Today, decades after the Holocaust, there remains a rising tide of anti-Semitism across our country and world. There has been an alarming rise in the number of reprehensible acts against the American Jewish community, specifically the anonymous bomb threats made by telephone and email against Jewish Community Centers across our nation. Additionally, there have been many reported incidents of property crimes carried out with the intent to desecrate or destroy sacred religious symbols, which ultimately attempt to intimidate Jewish Americans. As key leaders responsible for our national security, the Department of Homeland Security and Department of Justice must work to stop these acts of violence and hatred based on religion or race. These departments should also update Congress as to which specific steps are being taken to identify and prosecute the perpetrators for violations against the American Jewish community. None of us can say or do enough until terror, anti-Semitism, prejudice, hatred and racism is eliminated in every form.”