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Antisemitism on the Rise in Florida, Over 50 Bomb Threats in One Day

A massive coordinated bomb threat hoax targeted Floridian synagogues this week, reminding us all to remain vigilant as Antisemitism increases.

In a disturbing surge of Antisemitic activity, over 50 synagogues across Florida were plunged into fear this Tuesday after receiving bomb threats through email. These alarming messages forced evacuations in religious communities stretching from Miami to Palm Beach County, and other regions, as law enforcement swiftly responded to secure the areas. Fortunately, after thorough inspections, these threats were confirmed to be hoaxes, yet they left a chilling impact on our communities.

This incident isn’t an isolated expression of hatred; it follows a pattern of Antisemitic attacks in Florida, which include a cyber assault on a synagogue this past September and the defacement of a kosher bagel shop in Miami. With over 463 documented cases of Antisemitic acts in 2023 alone, according to the Anti-Defamation League, Florida is witnessing a troubling rise in this ancient bigotry. The FBI has taken charge of the investigation into these bomb threats, alongside other recent hate crimes, underscoring the severity of the situation.

On the same day, the arrest of 26-year-old Paul Morris in Boca Raton for issuing threats on social media adds another layer to the ongoing investigation, though his connection to the bomb threats remains to be established. It’s crucial to remember that bomb threats carry not only a potential ten-year prison sentence but also a profound psychological toll on the targeted communities.

Amidst this chaos, Republican Governor Ron DeSantis has taken a commendable stand by allocating substantial resources to combat the rising tide of Antisemitism in Florida. His administration’s proactive stance sends a strong message: Florida will not tolerate hate crimes. DeSantis firmly stated, “Florida is prepared. We have put our money where our mouth is and if you are going to try to bring that to our state you are going to end up hitting a brick wall.”

Governor DeSantis’s commitment to “hold the offender accountable” should serve as a model for how leaders can and should react to such despicable acts. It’s imperative that we recognize these threats not just as attacks on the Jewish community, but as assaults on the values of freedom and safety that all Floridians cherish. Such incidents demand a unified condemnation and a robust response to ensure that justice is served and future threats are deterred. This isn’t just a matter of law and order; it’s about safeguarding our societal fabric against the forces of hatred and division.

Robert Chernin

Robert Chernin

Robert B. Chernin has brought his years of political consulting and commentary back to radio. As a longtime entrepreneur, business leader, fundraiser and political confidant, Robert has a unique perspective with insights not heard anyway else. Robert has consulted on federal and statewide campaigns at the gubernatorial, congressional, senatorial, and presidential level. He served in leadership roles in the presidential campaigns of President George W. Bush as well as McCain for President. He led Florida’s Victory 2004’s national Jewish outreach operations as Executive Director. In addition, he served on the President’s Committee of the Republican Jewish Coalition. Robert co-founded and served as president of the Electoral Science Institute, a non-profit organization that utilizes behavioral science to increase voter participation and awareness. Robert can be heard on multiple radio stations and viewed on the “Of the People” podcast where you get your podcasts.