Addressing the threats against the Jewish and Muslim Communities (and how we fight Back)
- Hate crimes have been on the rise since election day; the Southern Poverty Law Center has kept count here.
- Two of the communities hardest hit, have been the Jewish and Muslim communities.
- There have been waves of bomb threats against Jewish centers/synagogues nationally, along with vandalism against Jewish cemeteries.
- The Muslim community has experienced a string of attacks against mosques, including four being burned in the last seven weeks.
SO what next?
I'm going to preface this by saying: I am not law enforcement. But I've run the following suggestions past law enforcement - whom I work with regularly through the day job - who have stated that it's a sound strategy. They also added one recommendation of their own, which is included on the bottom.
With that being said:
With that being said:
Ask your MoC AND your Senators:
- If they've issued a statement on the bomb threats/mosque fires. If not, why not? Also, ask them to speak out against Trump's implication that the threats are misdirection.
- Then ask if they have any idea how the federal government plans to investigate. What we're seeing right now violates federal hate crime statutes. This should theoretically be a joint FBI/ATF investigation, with a interstate task force.
- (Given everything that's going on, it's very possible that offices haven't really thought this one through. This is OK. You're making them think about it.)
- Please note: it appears that the FBI is investigating case-by-case at the moment.
- But the FBI has 56 field offices nationally, each being manned by a special agent in charge. They have broad discretionary powers in terms of what they investigate, but an interstate task force - a.k.a. orders from Washington - would help coordinate the sharing of information.
AT the local level (idea via law enforcement colleagues)
Per my law enforcement colleagues: (with the understanding that each city is different, so these are broad recommendations)
- Many larger cities (LA; Boston) should have joint terrorism task forces, that have coordination between local/state/federal law enforcement to handle issues like what we're seeing.
- If you have in one of the cities that have been impacted, it is worth asking your local officials if local law enforcement are coordinating with federal colleagues.
- (They may not know the answer - this is normal. Again, you are worth putting on your radar.)
- Also ask your local officials if they have any specific plans in place to combat what we're seeing, as well.