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It is part of a disturbing rise in anti-Semitism in recent months, including the vandalism at Chesed Shel Emeth Cemetery in suburban St. Louis and numerous threats to Jewish institutions.
Earlier this month, four Anti-Defamation League offices, including one on Piedmont Road in Buckhead, received bomb threat. The threatening telephone calls came on the same day a school and four Jewish Community Centers were targeted in yet another round of nationwide threats.
The latest threat comes just days before the arrival in Atlanta of more than 500 rabbis from the United States, Canada and other nations for the Central Conference of American Rabbis’ annual convention. On the agenda will be a discussion of hate crime against the Jewish community, discrimination and how to be effective faith leaders in turbulent times.
Among the speakers is Richard Cohen, president of the
Southern Poverty Law Center
. The Montgomery-based nonprofit tracks and combat hate, intolerance and discrimination through education and litigation.
According to the Anti-Defamation League’s national website, there have been more than 160 threats to Jewish institutions within the last three months.
The organization recently announced it had secured seed funding from Omidyar Network to build a state-of-the-art command center in Silicon Valley to monitor, track, analyze and mitigate hate speech and harassment across the Internet.
“We are deeply concerned by the latest incident,” said Dov Wilker, regional director of the Atlanta regional office of the American Jewish Committee (AJC). “We are grateful that the law enforcement community is looking into these threats. The community needs to remain vigilant in identifying these threats and making others aware that they are happening. We encourage members of the community to reach out to their political and civic leadership to condemn these heinous attacks.”
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