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Mixed reaction follows President Trump's remarks condemning anti-Semitism

Mixed reactions follow President...

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. - Members of the Jewish community are keeping track of anti-Semitism nationwide.

There have been at least 57 bomb threats at Jewish community centers in 27 states including San Diego and Long Beach, California.

They are also upset by the destruction of more than 100 headstones at a Jewish cemetery near St. Louis.

 Although there are no recent local threats some people are concerned threats could turn into reality.

Some people welcomed President Trump's comments on Tuesday.

The President said, "The anti-Semetic threats targeting our Jewish community and community centers are horrible. They are painful and a very sad reminder of the work that must be done to root out hate and prejudice and evil." 

Leaders of the Jewish Federation of Greater Santa Barbara and Santa Barbara Hillel in Isla Vista chose not to comment on President Trump's statements about anti-Semitism on Tuesday,  but visitors gave his comments mixed reviews.

Emily Hara of Santa Barbara said, "He finally spoke out making his voice heard about something that is really important to a lot of Americans."

Eyal Nahmias of Goleta said,"It is too little, too late." Nahmias said the President's reluctance to answer questions about the threats days ago puzzled him.

Cyndi Silverman, the Anti-Defamation league's regional director, said the league wants to know if anyone is the victim of hate.

Cyndi Silverman said, "Finally the President came out today and said something, but you know we need to speak out against this." She said actions speak louder than words.

If someone feels targeted, regardless of their faith, the Anti-Defamation League wants to help.

"If they are experiencing any kind of hate, not just anti-Semitism we are an organization that stands up to all hate and violence," said Silverman.

To report an anti-Semetic incident or learn more about the No Place for Hate campaign visit santabarbara.adl.org


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