What look like hate crimes against Jewish community centres or places of worship are on the rise in the United States.
At least 11 states have recorded increases in such incidents. A centre in New York state is the latest to have been evacuated following a bomb alert.
Some people have pointed the finger at the new president for this trend, as at least one of his advisors, on the far-right of the Republican party, holds very public anti-semitic views.
“The president continues to condemn these in any other form of anti-Semitic and hateful acts in the strongest terms. From our country’s founding, we’ve been dedicated to protecting the freedom of our citizens rights to worship. No one in America should feel afraid to follow the religion of their choosing freely and openly,” said the White House on Monday.
The current wave of bomb threats is the fifth since January, and has included the weekend toppling of hundreds of gravestones at a more than 200-year-old Jewish cemetery in Philadelphia. At least 89 events in 30 states and Canada have been recorded
over the period.
Jewish centers and schools in Alabama, Delaware, Florida, Indiana, Maryland, Michigan, New York, North Carolina, Rhode Island and Virginia also were threatened.