Statement on DeSean Jackson: The anti-Semitic comments displayed by DeSean Jackson on his instagram are deeply offensive and disturbing. These words have been used for centuries to support the vilification and extermination of Jews. As a representative of our city, we call on DeSean Jackson to stop spreading hate and bigotry and to become better educated about anti-Semitism.

The Philadelphia Police Department has announced that it is increasing their presence at synagogues and houses of worship around the city following Saturday’s shooting at a synagogue in Pittsburgh. “We are not aware of any current threats to Philadelphia”, officials confirm but are working to secure worship centers in the city. Philadelphia police are asking that if anyone has information on suspicious activities to call 9-1-1.