US Vice President Mike Pence on Wednesday visited a Jewish cemetery in Missouri attacked earlier in the week, helping aid workers repair over 170 tombstones toppled by vandals.
The act was a tipping point for the White House after weeks of reports that antisemitic incidents and rhetoric were on the rise. Senior officials, including US President Donald Trump, began speaking out forcefully against the phenomenon this week, breaking a period of silence.
At the Chesed Shel Emeth cemetery, Pence said the Trump administration was committed to fighting hatred and bigotry in all of its forms.
“There’s no place in America for hatred or acts of prejudice or violence or antisemitism," he said. "I must tell you the people of Missouri are inspiring the nation by your love and care for this place, for the Jewish community in Missouri, and I want to thank you for that inspiration, for showing the world what America is really all about.”
Over 70 bomb threats have been phoned in to a Jewish community centres and offices since the beginning of the year— an unprecedented spike in antisemitic threats, coupled with a marked spike in antisemitic rhetoric on social media, according the Anti-Defamation League and local authorities.Thursday, February 23, 2017