Protecting Jews from Anti-Semitic Crime

Jan. 19 2021

In the wake of the murderous attacks on Jews in Pittsburgh, Poway, Jersey City, and Monsey, and the now-commonplace, but less bloody, anti-Jewish violence on the streets of New York, American Jewry has more reason than ever to fear for its own safety. Drawing on extensive research into the situation in Europe and the U.S, New York City’s former police commissioner Raymond Kelly and the former head of the NYPD’s Intelligence Analysis Unit Mitchell Silber address what police forces can do to protect Jews and what Jews can do to protect themselves. Kelly in particular urges American synagogues to adopt some of the security measures employed by their European counterparts, while both he and Silber believe that European police forces can learn much from New York’s. (Moderated by Hannah Meyers. Video, one hour.)

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More about: American Jewry, Anti-Semitism, Crime, European Jewry, New York City

Hamas and Fatah Compete by Shedding Jewish Blood

During the past four weeks, there has been a rash of violent attacks in Jerusalem and the West Bank. These are not a response to any Israeli actions, nor are they spontaneous outbursts. Rather, as Itamar Marcus and Maurice Hirsch explain, the violence is the result of deliberate incitement by the Palestinian Authority (PA), which began when its president, Mahmoud Abbas, realized he was unlikely to win the upcoming national elections. The violence, write Marcus and Hirsch, was originally a way to win votes, and is now a way to maintain popularity after Abbas’s decision to postpone the elections in definitely:

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More about: Fatah, Hamas, Mahmoud Abbas, Palestinian terror