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Bedford, Massachusetts is the setting for explicit acts of anti-Semitism, but the community is working together to respond.

There is an alarming report coming out of Boston. It details a series of jaw-droppingly offensive acts of anti-Semitic acts perpetrated on Jewish children in a Boston suburb, Bedford, Massachusetts.

The really horrifying part is that some of the worst of the anti-Semitic acts were committed by elementary school students.

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There were the sadly standard drawings of swastikas in the high school boys bathrooms and one etched onto a playground slide. But there were also ominous graffiti messages, such as “Jews kill them all.” That one was at an elementary school.

The incidents went beyond passive drawings and written messages.

One child said that a classmate told her they were going to destroy her country because she is Jewish.

Another Jewish child was told by a peer that she could not have a cracker because Jews didn’t believe in Jesus Christ.

All of those incidents took place during the fall.

During the winter holiday season, when students were discussing the difference between Christmas and Hanukkah, one of the comments made was that Jews were responsible for killing Jesus.

The incidents were brought to the attention of the entire Bedford community in a letter written to them by Jon Sills, the commissioner of the Bedford School District, according to WBZ, a Boston CBS affiliate station.

The anti-Semitic graffiti appeared in elementary schools and high schools, but a game called “Jail the Jew” was played by students at an elementary school, according to Sills.

Sills says the school has responded by informing parents in an effort to raise awareness. He has also arranged to bring in school, clergy and community leaders to figure out how best to deal with the situation.

“I believe that the broader the response, the less likely the perpetrators of hate speech will feel that their behavior is permissible, and that Bedford’s proud claim of being a community that refuses to tolerate hate will be imbued with renewed meaning,” Sills said in the email.

The Bedford Police Chief Robert Bongiorno released the following statement last Thursday: “The Bedford Police Department, in partnership with the Bedford Public Schools, is committed to ending and preventing any further acts of antisemitism in our community. Hateful words and actions have no place in Bedford, and we will work with our partners in town government, the schools, and community groups to help rid our town of hate.”

A community meeting is scheduled for tonight, March 20, at 7 p.m., at the John Glenn Middle School in Bedford.

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Lori Lowenthal Marcus is a contributor to the JewishPress.com. A graduate of Harvard Law School, she previously practiced First Amendment law and taught in Philadelphia-area graduate and law schools. You can reach her by email: Lori@JewishPressOnline.com

84 COMMENTS

  1. so, in the part of USA where there are the most educated people, these MAGGOTS are still talking about the same anti-Semitic crap as 100 years ago…..listen, BEDFORD little brats, give back your cellphone, DO NOT USE ANY Jewish medical findings or medicines, do not watch TV or movies…and go piss off…..I think you are SCUM.

  2. That is unbelievably sick. If the same thing was done to Muslims there would be a massive outcry every where. Haddad obviously you don’t care that Israel has put army hospitals on the border with Syria to help wounded from the Syrian civil war. Or that they treat Palestinians in their hospitals it is time to stop the hate of Israel and accept them as brothers

  3. So many Arab children have been helped at Israeli hospitals and by Israeli doctors. If the governments in Gaza and the West Bank choose to spend the billions they receive from the West and from Muslim nations NOT on the health of their people, that has nothing to do with apartheid or Israel. It is the result of corrupt government officials who pocket the money themselves.

  4. This is the Liberal East Coast where anti semitism reigns and no one really cares. When Jews on the East Coast feel the sting of anti semitism they either hide, change their names, and/or change their religion. So why should we really care what little children think when their grown up parents are for the most part Jews themselves.

  5. You can be sure that if these acts were being perpetrated upon other groups, the mainstream media and prominent national politicians would rightfully have condemned such acts and demand strong punishments. Instead… the victims are Jewish kids and the silence in the media and the silence of prominent politicians is deafening!!!

  6. Lessons of hate are learned at home and carried out in the school yard and in class. It is the parents that need to be taught . There are over 1200 hate groups across this country, and every state has at-least one that hates Jews. Even some Churches contribute to that. Example Westboro Baptist Church, who's leader just died. We all bleed Red.

  7. The meeting should be held in the school gym, parents on the bleachers. They should be asked to bring their children. Without a prelude to the proceedings, the children should be instructed to play the game for the parents, with the Jewish children being the "jailors" and the non-Jewish children being "jailed." That should get the ball rolling with the discussion of how wrong it is… after the shouting dies down.

  8. Have any of these children and their families been caught and recognized as anti-semites in pubic? If not shame on the school, town government and the people of the Bedford. I am sure Al Sharpton would make plenty of noise if it were in reference to African Americans.

  9. FOR EXAMPLE,ISRAEL HAS BEEN SINGLED OUT AS THE ONLY ALLY WHOSE SPY GOT LIFE SENTENCE INSTEAD OF 2-4 YEARS.A SAUDI ALLY GOT HIS SENTENCE WAIVED BECAUSE OF SAUDSI SENSIBILITIES.IF THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES CAN BE ANTI-SEMITIC ,WHAT CAN WE EXPECT OF THE OTHER CITIZENS,PRESIDENT OBAMA,STAND TALL AND DO THE RIGHT THING..HAVE POLLARD SENT BACK TO ISRAEL BY PLANE(ISRAELI CHAPERONE)TO OUR ISRAELI HOSPITALS(EVEN THE ARABS AND SYRIANS LIKE THEM) AND DO THIS ONE HUMANTARIAN ACT…HE HAS JUST UNDERGONE SURGERIES 2X AND SENT BACK TO PRISON.
    TRY THIS RIGHT WAY,THE JUST WAY.DON'T FORGET YOU'VE BEEN CAUGHT SPYING ON ISRAEL'S REALLY SENSITIVE AREAS.DO THE JUST THING(YOU AS A LAWYER KNOW WHAT YOU SHOULD DO),..LET HIM GO AND YOUR STANDING IN THE WORLD WILL DEFINITELY TAKE A LEAP FOR THE BETTER. IF I AM ONLY FOR ME..WHO AM I? AND IF NOT NOW,WHEN? SOMETIMES WE HAVE TO TAKE THE ADVICE WE GIVE OUR FRIENDS. LET HIM GO!!!!!!!!

  10. WHAT AMAZES ME, IS THAT CHURCES , TUTU, SAID THE JEWS MUST FORGIVE THE NAZIS FOR WHAT THEY DID. FORGET THE PAST.

    OK TUTU.
    WHY DONT YOU STOP THE LIE THAT THE JEWS CRUCIFIED JESUS?
    iF THE JEWS DID THAT, YOU MUST FORGIVE AND FORGET.
    HEY TUT, I AM TALKING TO YOU.

    OH THAT S DIFFERENT.

  11. Anti-semitism is learned at mother's knee. How else do elementary aged school children become aware of these hateful attitudes? The parents need to be re-educated so that they no longer pass this stuff down to their children. Wishful thinking…….

  12. Barry James Sullivan 1. In those days Jews stoned people to death, Romans crucified. 2. Jesus was crucified on a Jewish Holiday – further evidence that Jews would not have had a hand in it. 3. I attended a Catholic'Lutheran School in Germany in the 1960's – the religious classes taught hatred at that time. 4. Many of my friends growing up in the 1960's attested to being taught hatred in their Churches.

  13. At first I thought the article said New Bedford… then double take. Wow. Affluent, educated… makes sense. That is the trend on this planet. Look at the Scandinavian countries and their push against Kashrus and Bris Milah. The more "enlightened" you get the more perverse you are. Stay real folks. I live close to this town. Think we need to light a Menorah come Chanukah time… oh yeah… on the map Bedfuhd…

  14. Barry James Sullivan I dont get this. PONTIUS PILATE murdered Jesus. Not Jews. They had no jurisdiction to do so. Please refrain from disseminating historical distortions that have resulted in thousands of years of murder.

  15. AC Stubbs agreed, ignorance is fear of "what we do not know" and hate is a result of the fear… just ugly, and who it is "aimed" at against is offensive and disgusting.
    We are all human beings, the only thing that sets us apart is when we judge others based on what they are, not who they are….. tolerance and respect are two very important lessons all children should learn…..

  16. Barry James Sullivan The documents that Pollard passed on to Israel, were documents that the US had already agreed to pass on, but decided at the last minute not to honor what it had agreed to do. While Pollard broke the law by clandestinely passing on those very documents to Israel, not a single American died as a result!

    On the other hand two other Navy analysts, the Walkers – father and son – gave the Russians enough navy secrets that compromised our Navy until 2025, yet both are already free. Interestingly I don't hear you oozing your venom over them. Is it because they are not Jewish, you ignorant bigoted piece of refuse?!?!?

  17. AC Stubbs No apology necessary but much appreciated…
    I have never understood why such a basic concept, that we are all human beings, Jewish, catholic, Hindu , Muslim, Atheists….some good, dome not so good ( to put it mildly) is so difficult for some people to comprehend…we have learned nothing from history it appears,,,

  18. Cody Flecker I live on the East Coast. I do not hide. My friends and relatives do not hide. We all pledge "Never Again". I have a question for you. Are all the graduates of " Thunderbird, The American Graduate School of International Management" as dumb as you?

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