Carper Statement on Bomb Threat at Siegel JCC

WILMINGTON, Del. – Today, U.S. Senator Tom Carper (D-Del.) released the following statement after the Siegel Jewish Community Center received its third bomb threat in recent months just this morning. Senator Carper was meeting with Jewish community leaders when the center received the threat over the phone:

“Today, I met with leadership of the Jewish Federation of Delaware and Jewish Community Services at the Siegel JCC in Wilmington to talk about threats and violence toward the Jewish community here and around the nation. The community center was among many around the country that has received multiple bomb threats in the past several months that have put the entire community on edge, and today, while we were talking about this very subject there, another bomb threat was called in. It is heartbreaking for such a flash of fear to overtake a place of strong community and joy that brings together people of all ages under one roof – from the babies in the daycare center to the senior citizens taking part in exercise classes. These acts must end.

“Our law enforcement agencies have been doing a great job of working with the JCC to help them respond to these threats, but we must find the person or people behind these horrific acts and bring them to justice. We have seen a shameful trend across the country of increased acts of anti-Semitism and racism. We must put an end to it and we cannot let the perpetrators go unpunished. I will do all that I can to ensure our state, local and federal law enforcement agencies are doing everything they can to get to the bottom of these acts.”