Recode headline Anti-Semitic attack: FBI investigating after two Jewish-owned businesses targeted, two Jewish workers fired article By Recode staff | Dec 19, 2017 11:57:06 New details emerge about an attack against Jewish businesses in the state of Indiana, as well as allegations of anti-Semitic activity at a Jewish-run medical supply company, in what is being described as the first major anti-Jewish attack in the country in decades.
A spokesman for the FBI said the investigation into the incidents is ongoing and that no arrests have been made.
The spokesman, Mark Dimondstein, told Recode that investigators were still trying to determine if the attacks were related.
He said there was no evidence that the businesses were targeted because of their affiliation with the Jewish community.
“I would say that this is the first time that we’ve seen this level of anti, anti-semitism, and I don’t know that we know how long it’s going to last,” Dimond, who is the FBI’s regional director in Indiana, said.
“It’s something we’ll be doing a lot of work on and trying to figure out exactly what happened and what the people who were targeted were doing, and what happened to the Jewish people.”
The New York Times reported that an employee at a medical supply firm named Antisepsis, which was owned by a family of Holocaust survivors, said the company had been targeted because it does not practice Jewish rituals.
The Jewish community in Indiana is among a handful of states that have banned anti-Semites from operating in businesses and has made it a felony to threaten, intimidate, or cause serious physical harm to anyone who does not follow a religious belief.
Anti-Semitism is a growing problem in the United States, with more than 150 incidents reported last year, according to a tally compiled by the Anti-Defamation League.
The attacks on businesses were not the first anti-religious or anti-Muslim incidents in the U.S. Since the Sept. 11 attacks, there have been multiple hate crimes and anti-immigrant attacks, according the Anti, a Washington-based Jewish advocacy group.
A local woman in Minnesota, who identified herself as a Muslim convert who is married to a U.K.-based convert to Islam, was accused of hurling a glass bottle at her car.
She was charged with a hate crime.
A woman in Maryland was accused by her son of stabbing her with a knife after she yelled, “Muslim.”
In March, an Oklahoma man accused his ex-wife of making him “put a gun in her mouth and shoot her,” according to the Tulsa World.
The newspaper reported that the woman told police she was being abused by her ex-husband.
In Florida, two men were arrested after a man told his wife he had been assaulted by an unknown assailant in a Florida restaurant, and the man was arrested on suspicion of threatening to shoot her.
The Florida Department of Law Enforcement said in a statement that investigators “have learned of several incidents of individuals being targeted with hateful graffiti.”
The latest attacks come as anti-white sentiment has grown in the wake of the election of President Donald Trump, with white supremacist groups and hate groups using their influence to pressure businesses to leave the U and leave Trump out of their local elections.
The Trump administration’s proposed federal budget cuts funds for many federal agencies that help Jewish organizations and charities, including the U, the United Nations, and a number of major Jewish institutions.
The cuts are being denounced by many Jewish groups and community leaders.
The ADL called for the federal government to “rebuild our federal government and the state and local governments that provide vital services to our communities and communities of color.”