(November 3, 2020 / JNS) A second arson attack on a Delaware Chabad House in two months happened over the weekend as the Chabad Center for Jewish Life in Wilmington was set on fire.
The fire happened around 12:30 a.m. on Oct. 30 and was extinguished relatively quickly, reported local outlet WDEL. The damage was estimated at around $200.
The Delaware State Fire Marshal’s Office is investigating the incident.
The Anti-Defamation League’s Philadelphia office tweeted on Saturday that it “is deeply dismayed at reports that a Chabad in Wilmington, DE was targeted with arson yesterday. While we are grateful the damage was limited, we know that such heinous acts cause deep fear + pain. This is the second arson targeting a Chabad in DE in just the last few months.”
“Enough is enough. We thank the Delaware Fire Marshal for investigating this crime, and hope the perpetrators will be swiftly brought to justice,” added ADL Philadelphia.
Enough is enough. We thank the Delaware Fire Marshal for investigating this crime, and hope the perpetrators will be swiftly brought to justice.
— ADL Philadelphia (@ADLPhiladelphia) November 1, 2020
In August, an arson attack occurred at the Chabad House at the University of Delaware in Newark. No one was injured, but the building was severely destroyed. The damage was estimated at $75,000. There have yet to be any arrests in the case. A fundraising page has been set up to help rebuild the Chabad. As of press time, it has raised $546,530 with a fundraising goal of $1 million.
Anyone with information about the arson attacks should call the Delaware Fire Marshal’s New Castle Division at 302-323-5375 or email the office at Fire.Marshal@delaware.gov or call Delaware Crime Stoppers at 1-800-TIP-3333.
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