Meehan Voices Concern On Threats to Jewish Community Centers
Congressman Patrick Meehan (PA-07) today expressed concern following the evacuation of Jewish centers in Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Delaware after the centers received bomb threats. According to the Anti-Defamation League, as many as 31 threats were received by Jewish centers and day schools in at least 16 states yesterday.
A Jewish cemetery in Philadelphia was vandalized over the weekend, with more than 100 headstones toppled. Philadelphia police are investigating the matter. The desecration came a week after a similar incident in St. Louis, Mo.
“Our region’s Jewish community is vibrant and acts of racism, hatred or intolerance against it are unacceptable,” said Congressman Meehan. “I’m grateful to our region’s law enforcement personnel for taking quick action to ensure the safety of the Jewish community centers that have been victimized, and I’m hopeful a thorough investigation will identify those responsible for these threats and the desecration at the cemetery.”
Meehan last week joined colleagues from both parties in urging Attorney General Jeff Sessions, Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly and FBI Director James Come to take action to protect Jewish centers across the country and inform Congress as to specific steps being taken to ensure their safety.
“[Jewish Community Centers] provide a range of educational and community services for Jewish and non-Jewish individuals and families, with a particular focus on children and youth,” the lawmakers wrote. “The individuals who make these calls no doubt recognize that bomb threats, particularly when repeated, can compromise and even destroy a JCC’s financial future.”