Muslims in central Delaware are speaking out against those who have made threats or attacks against Jewish centers nationwide.
“As a religious group that has been the subject of recent attacks, threats and bigotry, Central Delaware Muslims would like to express our strong condemnation to the recent wave of vandalism and threats targeting Jewish centers,” said Usman Sandhu, president of the Islamic Society of Central Delaware.
In Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, a man was arrested after he allegedly planned an attack on a local synagogue. A Chicago man has been charged with a hate crime after he allegedly broke a window at the Chicago Loop Synagogue and then placed swastika stickers on the front door.
A synagogue in Philadelphia has been vandalized twice in two months as someone threw rocks through a series of windows.
Although facilities at the Congregation Beth Sholom in Dover have not been targeted, a community center in Wilmington has come under threat twice.
The Seigel Jewish Community Center received a bomb threat on Jan. 8, causing the building to be evacuated. Nothing was found, according to Wilmington police.
A second telephoned threat was received nine days later, but again no explosives were found.
Wilmington law enforcement authorities are continuing to investigate both incidents.
“The Islamic Society of Central Delaware members are saddened by these acts of anti-Semitism that should have no place in our society,” he said.
“We pray for the safety of all and offer our helping hands to our Jewish neighbors.”