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Panelists answer questions on anti-Semitic hate crimes at D.C. town hall

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WASHINGTON – Community leaders and representatives of D.C. government shared messages of encouragement and of community support at a public forum on anti-Semitic hate crimes at the Washington Hebrew Congregation Thursday.

Each speaker gave words of encouragement to the group of more than 100 people who attended the town hall.

Rev. Thomas L. Bowen, director of religious affairs for D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser, attended to represent the mayor’s office.

“I am here because our mayor is concerned about what happens in our city,” he said.

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County to hold hearing on providing security to Jewish centers

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Interfaith clergy assembly at JCCSpeakers from a variety of faiths were present at the Jewish Community Center's hate crime solidarity event earlier this week. PHOTO BY MARK POETKER  

The Montgomery County Council agreed Tuesday to hold a public hearing on April 4 to allocate $225,000 to three Jewish institutions so that they could beef up their security in light of the 130 bomb threats received across the United States since the beginning of this year.

The most recent threat occurred Monday night at the Bender Jewish Community Center in Rockville. A threatening email was received at 11:32 p.m., said Ron Halber, executive director of the Jewish Community Relations Council of Greater Washington.

Halber declined to say who the email was sent to, noting, “I am not interested in giving anyone ideas.”

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The case of the growling dog

Sean SpicerWhen approaching a growling dog wagging its tail, which end do you believe?
That’s the conundrum facing reporters in the White House press corps as the new administration works its way into a second month in office.
On the one hand we have a president calling the media the enemy while Tuesday press secretary Sean Spicer told assembled reporters the president has a “Deep respect for the First Amendment and the press.”

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“Anti-Semitic Threats”

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Community Center evacuated while couple receives hate mail

Anti-Semitic Letter 2A letter with this star and “Jude” were found on a Rockville couple’s windshield. COURTESY PHOTO  

ROCKVILLE – Law enforcement is investigating two anti-Semitic crimes this week after a Jewish community center received a bomb threat and a couple received an angry letter after displaying a Black Lives Matter banner.

The bomb threat, which his being handled by Montgomery County police, was one of several across the country at Jewish community centers on Jan. 9.

Rockville Police said they are investigating after a Jewish couple who support Black Lives Matter saw their car defaced with eggs at the end of last week, had toilet paper hung from a tree outside their condominium and received a letter that called their support for the movement anti-white, anti-police and irritating.

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Local couple receives anti-Semitic letter after displaying 'Black Lives Matter' banner

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Anti-Semitic LetterThis anti-Semitic letter was left on the windshield of a married couple who displayed a 'Black Lives Matter' banner outside their condominium. PHOTO COURTESY OF MIKEY FRANKLIN

ROCKVILLE -- Police said they are investigating crimes that targeted a married couple, which involved a letter with an anti-Semitic message, toilet paper on the tree outside their condominium and eggs on their vehicle which occurred between Friday and Saturday.

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Local Jewish community center receives bomb threat

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Staff members evacuated a local Jewish community center today following a bomb threat by phone, according to the community center’s chief executive officer. It was one of a number of similar threats reported at other Jewish community centers across several states in the country today.

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Hate Crimes Spike in MoCo

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Acts of vandalism motivated by the presidential election have caused a surge in hate crimes, according to police.

In the last few weeks, vandals have drawn racist and anti-Semitic graffiti on private and public property.

On Sunday, a Silver Spring resident who lives along Williamsburg Drive found a red swastika spray-painted on his front door and saw noticed his American flag was stolen from his yard, according to Montgomery County Police spokesperson Rick Goodale.

Goodale said the homeowner had a “Trump/Pence” sign in his front yard late last month.

 These incidents are part of the more than 75 hate crimes or bias incidents reported to police in Montgomery County this year.

“We did see an increase you know during the election cycle, just prior to the election and immediately after the election,” said Goodale.

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