Markosek condemns attacks, bomb threats on Jewish communities

Says cowards should be pursued and prosecuted

HARRISBURG, Feb. 28 – Angered by the hateful and cheap attacks on Jewish property throughout Pennsylvania, state Rep. Joe Markosek, D-Allegheny, reiterated his stand against racism today and said the cowards who vandalized property and forced evacuations must be caught and punished.


“Pennsylvania is the Keystone State, but these acts of hate are the exact opposite of what unity and cohesion are about,” Markosek, the Democratic chairman of the House Appropriations Committee, said during a break in annual budget hearings. “And, they are the exact opposite of what I believe.”


Hundreds of headstones in the Mount Caramel Cemetery in Philadelphia were toppled while bomb threats were phoned into Jewish community centers in Harrisburg and York, plus to JCCs in 10 other states.


“These are politically charged times, but the desecration of Jewish cemeteries and private memorials to deceased loved ones is an outrage that must not be allowed to happen,” Markosek said.


“We must be united and raise our voices against this and all kinds of insolence, racism and hate. We must not become the divided nation some now want us to be, or think we have become,” he said.