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Get tougher on anti-Semitism, Florida reps tell Trump

via @learyreports

Two Florida members of Congress joined a call Thursday for President Trump to take decisive action to address rising anti-Semitism in the U.S., including bolstering resources in the Justice Department and evaluating online aggression.

“As the Co-Chairs of the Bipartisan Task Force for Combating Anti-Semitism in the U.S. House of Representatives, we thank you for beginning your address to Congress this week by standing against anti-Semitism and condemning the recent threats against Jewish institutions,” reads a letter from the Bipartisan Task Force for Combating Anti-Semitism that includes Reps. Ted Deutch, D-Boca Raton, and Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, R-Miami.

“We believe that your Administration should prepare and implement a comprehensive, inter-agency strategy for  detecting, investigating, prosecuting,  and  preventing  crimes motivated by anti-Jewish bias while deterring future attacks against Jewish sites.

As you know, since January 1, there have been an estimated 100 bomb threats against Jewish Community Centers (“JCCs”) and Jewish schools in five waves at 81 locations in 33 states. We have also seen significant desecration of Jewish cemetery sites in the St. Louis and Philadelphia regions and other incidents of vandalism and harassment of Jews. These threats are unacceptable in our country.”

--ALEX LEARY, Tampa Bay Times