In the night of Monday, an unknown attacker fired at a Jewish school at the synagogue «ADAT Bnei Yisrael» in the city of Evansville in southern Indiana. The bullet hit the window of a classroom, writes on Wednesday, March 1, edition of the Evansville Courier & Press.
The incident case is being investigated by the FBI and local police. On Tuesday, the synagogue was visited by the mayor Lloyd Winneke and issued a statement condemning the «heinous expression of hatred and bigotry», calling on citizens to resist them.
Note that Indiana is one of five States which has not adopted a special law against crimes of hate. Local lawmakers once again rejected a draft law, after the Jewish community in the state received a warning about a bomb threat.
Rabbi Gary Mazo said in an interview with the newspaper the Indianapolis Star, the culprit, apparently wanted to scare the members of the local Jewish community. He walked around the school building and fired from the territory located in the backyard Playground. The Rabbi said hostile to the Jews atmosphere, Recalling the wave of anti-Semitic incidents in the United States.
Earlier this week, the 28 Jewish community centers and schools located in the States of Florida, new Jersey, Rhode island, Pennsylvania, Indiana and Michigan, has again received threats inherent in the buildings the bomb. Some of them were evacuated, others remain closed due to «emergency situation».
Threats against Jewish centers in the United States do for the fifth time in the last few weeks. According to non-governmental organizations over the past year dramatically increased the number of groups advocating and committing crimes motivated by ethnic or religious hatred. Anti-Semitic attacks make up the largest percentage of the total number of crimes motivated by religious hatred in the United States.
Last week the human rights organization «the Council on American-Islamic relations» (CAIR) has announced a reward of 5,000 dollars for information on the whereabouts of a person or group of persons involved in threats to blow up Jewish community centers in the United States.
«The duty of American Muslims to offer assistance to the Jewish community and other minorities in the light of another surge of crimes of hate. We hope that this award will lead to the arrest of criminals and their punishment», – is spoken in the statement of the Executive Director of CAIR Nihad Awad.
Awad recalled the «great support» provided by the Jewish community of the US, Muslims are also harassed and manifestations of aggression in recent months.
Fired at a Jewish school at the synagogue «ADAT Bnei Yisrael» in Indiana