Jewish Cemetery Vandalized in Philadelphia and Buildings in Ballard Defaced With Anti-Semitic Graffiti:
Watching Trump's America in a Seattle Somali business... Charles Mudede
Yesterday, the police in Philadelphia found 100 toppled tombstones in a Jewish cemetery
. Also yesterday, people in Ballard found on buildings graffiti of the Star of David and the words "Jew," "fuck," and "Hitler." KOMO reports
that Jewish residents in Ballard are terrorized by these white supremacist tags. There has also been a spike in bomb threats to Jewish community centers around America. And last week, a Jewish cemetery in St. Louis, Missouri was vandalized. It doesn't end there. Three months ago, a park dedicated to the late Jewish rapper MCA (Adam Yauch) was hit with Nazi graffiti and the key words: "Go Trump!
" As the New York Times
points out today, "President Trump issued on Tuesday his first condemnation of the mounting threats to Jewish people and institutions, after weeks of complaints from Jewish leaders that he had been unwilling to forcefully denounce such acts."
The day after he made that statement, two Indians in a sports bar in Olathe, Kansas, were shot by a man alleged to have said "Get of my country!" One of these Indians, Srinivas Kuchibhotla, died. The other survived. (A white man who pursued the alleged killer was also shot and almost killed.) There was no word about this shooting from the White House until Friday, when the press secretary Sean Spicer said it was "absurd" to connect that shooting with the anti-Muslim rhetoric of the president. Spicer also did not want to "start jumping to conclusions.” An Egyptian who attacked police officers in Paris with a knife earlier this month got a tweet from this president, but not the brown person killed in what police have described as a possible hate crime (and not a possible act of terrorism). The fact of the president's silence on the shooting has not gone unnoticed. But the silence will certainly make the situation for people of color, for Jews, for Muslims, for Mexicans worse in Trump's America.
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