White House denounces 'hatred' after Jewish center threats

WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House is denouncing "hatred and hate-motivated violence" following a series of threats against Jewish community centers across the country. The statement does not directly mention those incidents or Jews.

The FBI said it is joining with the Justice Department's Civil Rights Division to investigate "possible civil rights violations in connection with threats" to the centers.

The White House statement Tuesday said President Donald Trump "has made it abundantly clear that these actions are unacceptable." It followed a tweet by Ivanka Trump on Monday calling for "religious tolerance" after a series of threats Monday against Jewish community centers. She tweeted "We must protect our houses of worship & religious centers," and used the hashtag #JCC.

Ivanka Trump converted to Judaism ahead of her 2009 marriage to Jared Kushner.

A representative for the Anne Frank Center for Mutual Respect said the president's condemnation of Antisemitism is "too little, too late."

"The President's sudden acknowledgement is a Band-Aid on the cancer of Antisemitism that has infected his own Administration," executive director Steven Goldstein said in a statement. "His statement today is a pathetic asterisk of condescension after weeks in which he and his staff have committed grotesque acts and omissions reflecting Antisemitism, yet day after day have refused to apologize and correct the record.

"Make no mistake," the statement continued, "the Antisemitism coming out of this Administration is the worst we have ever seen from any Administration."

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