Frankel condemns recent acts of terror against Jewish community

PITTSBURGH, Feb. 28 – State Rep. Dan Frankel, D-Allegheny, released the following statement today in regard to the recent acts of vandalism and terroristic threats made against Jewish institutions:

"In the strongest possible way, I condemn these cowardly and hateful acts of terrorism aimed at Jewish cemeteries and Jewish Community Centers. These kinds of actions have one despicable purpose: to spread fear throughout our communities.

"We’ve had enough.

"Let me be clear: hatred of this kind has no place in Pittsburgh, the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, or anywhere else in the world. Just yesterday, there were reportedly more than 90 anti-Semitic threats or acts of aggression reported across the country. While there’s no doubt that these acts have been committed by a small minority of people, it does not change the fact that we must speak up against this kind of intolerance and fear-mongering.

"In the very near future, I plan to sponsor a resolution with my Jewish colleagues in the General Assembly condemning these acts of vandalism and terror. It is my hope that this resolution will run in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives when we return to session in March.

"In the meantime, I am confident that the dedicated men and women in law enforcement will soon bring those responsible to justice."

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