JCCs and Schools in 12 States Attacked Just Today
500 Headstones Overturned at a Jewish Cemetery on SaturdayÂ
“A member of my family evacuated from a JCC today. He is three years old.”
While it’s just mid-afternoon 20 Jewish schools and community centers across the nation have receivedÂ bomb threats from both inside and outside the U.S. Federal law enforcement says the attacks are “coordinated.”Â
Today marks at least the fifth day this year that terror attacks targeting mostly Jewish children, and elderly people, have occurred. Additionally, at least two Jewish cemeteries this month have been attacked, with hundreds of of gravestones being overturned. On Saturday, a Jewish cemetery in Philadelphia suffered a massive attack. Originally reported as 100 headstones, a new report saysÂ more than 500 headstones were overturned.Â
Today, organizations in at least 11 states â€“Â Alabama, Delaware, Florida, Indiana, Maryland, Michigan, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania and Virginia, according to theÂ JCCÂ AssociationÂ ofÂ NorthÂ AmericaÂ â€“ received bomb threats, but minutes ago NBC News’ Peter Alexander posted a list that also includes Rhode Island, bringing the total to 12 states:
BREAKING: In total, 20 bomb threats received today by JCC’s (13) & Jewish day schools (7). Full list of sites here. pic.twitter.com/TIwyDSCzot
â€” Peter Alexander (@PeterAlexander) February 27, 2017
â€” Bradd Jaffy (@BraddJaffy) February 27, 2017
“The calls range from individuals phoning in bomb threats to â€œrobo calls,â€ which are either machine-generated voice threats or recordings,” CBS News reports, calling it “a nationwide investigation.”
“The FBI is also examining whether hacked communication devices were used. Whoever is behind the calls may have hacked into other peopleâ€™s phones, communication devices, and/or email addresses and is using those means to make the threats.”
In Scarsdale, New York, 100 children had to be evacuated earlier today:
Today’s attacks bring the total since Trump becameÂ President to at least 89 attacks against schools and community centers.
White House press secretary Sean Spicer today took the extraordinary step of denouncing the recent attacks.
â€œThe president continues to be deeply disappointed and concerned into the reports of further vandalism at Jewish cemeteries,â€ Spicer said. â€œThe president continues to condemn these and other forms of anti-Semitic and hateful acts.â€
Press Sec: Pres. Trump “deeply disappointed and concerned” by new incidents of vandalism and bomb threats against Jewish communities. pic.twitter.com/MVMaNGSZVJ
â€” ABC News (@ABC) February 27, 2017
Some responses via Twitter:
â€” Roben Farzad (@robenfarzad) February 27, 2017
just to put this in context- when you hear a JCC received a bomb threat and had to be evacuated- most of those are fucking preschools.
â€” Ari Fishbein (@arifishbein) February 27, 2017
â€” sandy wheatley (@regal480) February 27, 2017
A member of my family evacuated from a JCC today. He is three years old.
â€” (((Carly Pildis))) (@CarlyPildis) February 27, 2017
â€” Samantha Levy-Arnold (@TheSamanthaLevy) February 27, 2017
â€” (((Mark Russell))) (@MarkusJRussell) February 27, 2017
â€” Jonathan Greenblatt (@JGreenblattADL) February 27, 2017
This infuriates me. Kids evacuated from a JCC while POTUS barks at a Jewish reporter to sit down and offers only perfunctory disapproval. https://t.co/Eg88zzKHvl
â€” Mr. Media Training (@MrMediaTraining) February 27, 2017
My son was evacuated this morning in a #JCC bomb threat. This is not normal. It is not ok. It’s not the future I want for any of our kids.
â€” Andrea Flynn (@dreaflynn) February 27, 2017
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‘Boldly Ignorant’ Ted Cruz Slammed by Retired NYPD Detective for His Suggestions to Protect Kids
Appearing on MSNBC’s “The Katie Phang Show,” a retired NYPD detective expressed disgust with Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) over his attempts to dismiss the idea of new gun laws to protect children in schools and instead is insisting America needs to turn schools into fortresses.
In interviews and appearing at the NRA convention this weekend in Houston, Cruz has vociferously disregarded the easy availability of high-powered weapons and instead focused on a door that was left open at the elementary school where the shooting occurred.
After host Phang shared a clip of the Texas Republican making his case, she asked former law enforcement detective Marq Claxton his thoughts on what Cruz was proposing.
Calling the controversial senator “boldly ignorant,” he proceeded to rip Cruz’s proposal apart.
“Marq, I was a prosecutor for half my career, I never prosecuted somebody for leaving a door open. How absurd is this proposal by Ted Cruz that the solution is to make sure that we don’t have too many doors at our schools?” host Phang asked.
“Ted Cruz’s statements were boldly ignorant and dismissive of the clear obvious danger that is faced by so many people in society because of the prevalence of violence and gun violence in particular,” he replied. “It really shows just how so many political electeds lack the fortitude to move forward and do the right thing: save lives.”
“Instead of sloganeering, Mr. Cruz and his other elected colleagues really should be working on legislation that provides, or minimizes the risk of damage, and could quite possibly and probably save lives,” he continued. “That is some additional gun restrictions, some background checks, there are other things that are out there that will undoubtedly be effective and save lives, and prevent these gun violence deaths.”
Watch the segment below or at this link.
‘Taking Us All for Fools’: Critics Decimate Greg Abbott’s Claims and Defense of His Actions in Wake of School Shooting
Texas Republican Governor Greg Abbott in a press conference that left reporters frustrated defended his actions and insisted his earlier praise for law enforcement’s widely criticized response to the Uvalde school massacre was the result of being “misled.”
“I am livid about what happened,” Abbott declared, blaming others for his “recitation of what people in that room told me.”
“I was misled … the information that I was given turned out in part to be inaccurate. And I’m absolutely livid about that” — Greg Abbott on his initial false statement portraying Uvalde first responders as heroes pic.twitter.com/dUIdxnicjm
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) May 27, 2022
Critics aren’t buying his claims.
Abbott, who’s in the middle of a heated re-election campaign, appeared extremely defensive when reporters asked him questions.
“Let’s be clear about one thing. None of the laws I signed this past session had any intersection with this crime at all,” Abbott told reporters when asked if he would call the legislature back for a special session, as The Texas Tribune’s Sewell Chan noted.
“No law that I signed allowed him to get a gun,” Abbott insisted.
“The answers fell pretty flat,” opined MSNBC’s Nicolle Wallace, who noted the press event lasted just 36 minutes, less time than the police officers “stood outside and did nothing,” which was 47 minutes.
Abbott ended the press conference with many reporters almost begging him to take more questions. As the governor left one frustrated reporter was caught on a hot mic saying “unbelievable.”
Chan, who is the editor in chief of the Tribune, added on Twitter: “Abbott rejects background checks as a simplistic and ineffective fix. Wouldn’t have prevented Sutherland Springs and Santa Fe shootings, he says. Tries to turn focus to broken mental health system.”
Former FBI assistant director for counterintelligence Frank Figliuzzi on MSNBC delivered a strong rebuke to Governor Abbott’s remarks.
“No amount of free flights, no amount of free caskets, no amount of mental health counseling is going to bring back any one of those murdered children,” Figliuzzi said, referring to Abbott’s announcement an anonymous donor is putting up $175,000 for funeral expenses of those who were murdered in the shooting and said the state will pay for mental health treatment.
Abbott also insisted that since Texas became a state it’s been legal for 18-year-olds to buy long guns.
Fred Guttenberg, whose daughter Jaime was murdered in the Parkland school shooting, blasted Abbott:
.@GregAbbott_TX responding to a question on long rifles “it seems like only in the past decade or two we have had school shootings.” Governor, the assault weapons ban ended in 2004. See the connection? You have actively helped to sell millions of weapons since then.
— Fred Guttenberg (@fred_guttenberg) May 27, 2022
And long guns of today, as Figliuzzi noted, are often semi-automatic “killing machines.”
“The governor seems completely unable to understand that he can easily make a distinction when you’re talking about whether an 18-year-old should buy an assault rifle or not. And all he cares about is a century of history in Texas on long guns. We didn’t have the AR-15 style assault weapons back then. He can easily make a distinction and say, ‘you can go hunting, here are the rifles you can do, you can buy, you can possess – and here’s an assault-style rifle.'”
“If he thinks that people are stupid and unable to understand that there is a clear distinction between a killing machine and a hunting rifle, that he’s taking us all for fools.”
‘I Apologize for Interrupting Your Press Conference’: Tearful Texas Democrat Urges Greg Abbott to ‘Do Something’ on Guns
The Texas Democratic State Senator who represents Uvalde stood up during Greg Abbott’s Friday afternoon press conference and almost begged the Republican Governor to “do something” about gun violence after Tuesday’s massacre at Robb Elementary School that took 21 lives.
Abbott was trying to place the blame for the school shooting on mental health despite the gunman having no documented issues, and told attendees, “we’re focusing our attention on the wrong thing.”
That was not good enough for Democratic State Senator Roland Gutierrez, who politely introduced himself and said, “I’m not making a political speech.”
“My colleagues are asking for a special session, you’re getting a letter tomorrow,” from the Senate Democratic Caucus.
“We’ve asked for gun control changes – I’m asking you now, bring us back in three weeks.”
Gutierrez grew emotional, sounding as if he was choking up, and added, “I apologize for interrupting your press conference about the needs of this community. I’ve been here for three days with all of these elected officials – this county judge has been working his ass off,” he continued.
“I don’t know how to express the loss of the families that I’ve talked to,” he added.
“You have to do something, man,” Gutierrez said, all but begging the governor to take action, and saying his “own colleagues are calling me and telling me this is enough.”
“I’m sorry to interrupt your press conference… you have to do something” pic.twitter.com/OiRI1OQZWQ
— Acyn (@Acyn) May 27, 2022
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