"But I also want to assure the Jewish community that the people of the state of NY speak with one voice in condemning this activity".
The Ahmadiyya Muslim Community USA also released a statement, saying that they condemn the vandalism and that they stand in solidarity with Jewish Americans. "New York and Israel share an unbreakable bond, and I pray that the Israeli and Palestinian people will find a way to live side by side and find peace, prosperity and security".
The rash of anti-Semitism that has spread across the US and Canada, Cuomo said, includes bomb threats, desecration of Jewish cemeteries, swastikas and racist slogans. Several bomb threats and acts of graffiti vandalism have occurred in NY state that are being investigated as hate crimes against Jews. Cuomo reminded his audience Wednesday that NY has the largest Jewish population outside Israel.
The state is also offering a $5,000 reward for information leading to the prosecution of those responsible for bomb threats. "Any acts of bias or discrimination will be met with the full force of the law. There have been 26 acts of anti-Semitism in the last month in NY alone it's important that we get a handle on what's going on and why it's happening", Dragon told WXXI News.
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About 100 headstones were knocked over at a Jewish cemetery in Philadelphia last weekend, and about 170 headstones were knocked over in a Jewish cemetery in St. Louis. "We encourage our elected officials to continue to denounce publicly these actions and call on local, state, and federal law enforcement to investigate and swiftly bring the perpetrators to account".
Sen. Chuck Schumer announced Wednesday that he thinks Jewish Community Centers under threat should have the ability to trace and identify threatening callers, citing recent "swatting" incidents at the Middletown school district.
Andrew Cuomo noted the wave of bomb threats at JCCs and cemetery vandalism elsewhere in calling for the Rochester probe.