Frelinghuysen Urges AG to Prosecute Perpetrators of Anti-Semitic Threats

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Congressman Rodney Frelinghuysen (NJ-11) has written to Attorney General Jeff Sessions urging that the Department of Justice and FBI quickly “prosecute the perpetrators” of recent anonymous bomb threats made via telephone against Jewish Community Centers (JCCs) and synagogues across the nation.

Frelinghuysen wrote to Attorney General Sessions:

“I am writing to again express my deep concern with the ongoing threats and acts of anti-Semitism against Jewish centers and synagogues.

“As you well know, just yesterday, another 31 bomb threats targeted 23 community centers and eight Jewish day schools. These threats are not just attacks against the Jewish religion, heritage, culture and values, but are threats to our entire nation.

“It is my understanding, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and the Department of Justice’s (DOJ) Civil Rights Division continue to investigate these crimes. I would strongly urge the DOJ to prosecute the perpetrators for violations of federal criminal laws and work to end these threats!”

Close to a hundred Jewish institutions have been targeted with bomb threats since the beginning of the year and several Jewish cemeteries have been vandalized.

“This nation was built on the foundation of religious tolerance. Anti-Semitism and other forms of bigotry are shameful and must end!”