Israeli consul general Yinam Cohen visits Chicago after recent hate crimes

Israel’s Consul General for the Midwest traveled to Chicago on Monday to support businesses and religious leaders who have recently been targets of hate crimes in West Rogers Park.

Consul General Yinam Cohen said global attacks on Jews were the highest ever last year. Cohen joined Alderman Debra Silverstein and visited five Jewish institutions, including FREE Synagogue, Tel Aviv Bakery, Kol Tuv Bakery, Yeshiva Kesser Yonah and Congregation Bnei Reuven.

In late January, these five Jewish institutions were targets of various forms of hate crimes. Cohen praised the Chicago Police Department for their work with the Jewish community and their support.

“More needs to be done in terms of education against anti-Semitism and against all forms of hate crimes. There must be zero tolerance for anti-Semitism and hate crimes. This is a message that needs to get across,” he said of preventing future attacks.

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The man accused of vandalizing a synagogue and a school for Jewish girls has been charged with hate crimes.

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