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Panelists answer questions about hate crimes

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CHEVY CHASE — An energized group of concerned residents, law enforcement, and members of civil rights organizations filled the Jane E. Lawton Community Center on Wednesday night, Sept. 27, gathering for a public forum to discuss the rising number of hate incidents in the community.

The attendees were given information about what to do in the event they or their families are confronted with a hate or bias incident.

Joel Rubin, a member of the Chevy Chase Town Council, moderated the forum. Rubin organized the gathering in reaction to anti-Semitic fliers that had recently been placed outside the front doors of several houses in the usually quiet neighborhood.

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Welcome to a brand new scary game

DD At Klan Rally in MarylandDaryl Davis with a member of the Ku Klux Klan. COURTESY PHOTO  The country that created and popularized such seasonal sports games as football, baseball, and basketball, has now created an all-season game, impervious to any type of weather. Its participants are obsessed with playing it seven days per week and twenty-four hours per day. It's called The Blame Game.
For the last eight years, anything and everything that was wrong in our country or in our own personal lives was blamed on President Obama. It became so ridiculous that if someone stepped of the sidewalk the wrong way and twisted their ankle, they blamed Obama.
Today, while some are still playing the old Obama version, others have moved on to the new Trump version. Ironically, the Donald himself prefers to play the old version which expired on January 20th of this year, and he does so every time he has the opportunity. In fact, it's become addictive for him.
What is sad is that the United States, once a very proactive country, leading the world has become complacent and reactive in taking steps to find solutions rather than cast aspersions. Our citizens' reaction has been to blame the country's leaders. There are those who say race relations in America are the worst they've seen and eight years of President Barack Obama is to blame. Others claim that the blame for a rise in extremist hate groups and the violent and deadly event which recently took place in Charlottesville, Va., lies squarely on the shoulders of President Donald Trump.

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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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