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New York City Police Officers On Alert

08/03/2006
Staff Writer
In the wake of the shooting spree at the Seattle Jewish federation last Friday that killed one and wounded five, New York City police officers have been posted at more than 100 locations, including prominent synagogues, community centers and the headquarters of UJA-Federation of New York. “The New York City Police Department understands the threat level and has increased patrols in many Jewish neighborhoods,” said David Pollock, associate executive director of the Jewish Community Relations Council of New York.

Vandalism Shakes Three Area Shuls

08/20/2008
Staff Writer
Thieves and vandals attacked three area synagogues in the last week, stealing eight Torahs from one in Queens and scrawling anti-Semitic graffiti on the other two in Staten Island and Long Island. It was the third time in a month that the Long Island synagogue, the Dix Hills Jewish Center, was struck by vandals. The theft of all eight Torahs from the main sanctuary of the Jewish Center of Kew Gardens Hills was discovered when the ark was opened during morning services last Saturday.

In Venezuela, ‘People Are Terrified’

02/04/2009
Staff Writers
The crisis in Venezuela deepened this week in the aftermath of the beating of a rabbi, Friday’s attack on a synagogue and the growing exodus of Israelis from Caracas. All of this comes a month after Venezuela expelled Israel’s ambassador and the embassy’s staff because of Israel’s offensive in Gaza. In New York Monday, more than 150 demonstrators shouting “Never Again” rallied outside the Venezuelan Consulate to protest the country’s failure to protect its Jewish citizens.

Post-Mumbai, Chabad Scrambling On Security

12/03/2008
Assistant Managing Editor
As the Chabad movement mourns the shocking murders of two of its emissaries and four visitors in Mumbai, India, other representatives of the international Jewish outreach movement from Costa Rica to South Korea to Long Island are scrambling to review security procedures and put into place new protective measures. Rabbi Osher Litzman, the Chabad representative of the recently opened Chabad House in Seoul, South Korea, told The Jewish Week that security for the Jewish community has always been very tight and will only get stronger post-Mumbai.

After Synagogue Bomb Arrests, New Focus On Muslim Prison Outreach

05/27/2009
Staff Writer
Reports that at least two of the four men charged with the attempt to bomb two Riverdale synagogues had become radical Muslims while in prison has refocused attention on this problem. “I hope this will cause an impetus for change – to see how recruitment is accomplished in prison and what needs to be done in the future,” said Yehudit Barsky, director of the American Jewish Committee’s division on the Middle East and international terrorism.

BREAKING: Feds Bust Bomb Plot Against Riverdale Temples; Rabbi Relieved

05/19/2009
Staff Writer
(Posted 11:30 PM Wednesday) Four men who planted what they believed were bombs outside two Riverdale synagogues Wednesday night were arrested before they could escape, police announced in a late night press conference. All four men were also charged with attempting to use antiaircraft missiles to shoot down military planes at a military base in Newburgh, N.Y. They were charged with conspiracy to use weapons of mass destruction in the United States and conspiracy to acquire and use anti-aircraft missiles.

BREAKING NEWS: Jewish Institutions Here On High Alert After Killing At Wesleyan; Victim Was Jewish

05/06/2009
Staff Writer
Update: the suspect in the case, Stephen Morgan, was apprehended Thursday night Jewish institutions in the New York metropolitan area were advised to increase their level of vigilance Thursday afternoon after it was learned that the suspect wanted in the killing of a Jewish student at Wesleyan University was a former New York University student.

The Chill Is Gone

07/15/2009
Associate Editor
What could be older than the Riverdale terrorist plot? It was way back in May that four Islamic men from Newburgh, N.Y., were arrested in the act of planting what they thought were bombs outside two Bronx synagogues. For most of us, the story is in hibernation. The trial is far off. What more is there to write?

Riverdale Fears The Fire Next Time

06/03/2009
Associate Editor
Calm returned to Riverdale two weeks after the FBI arrested four Islamic men for plotting to blow up two neighborhood shuls as part of a larger plot. There was no further danger, said Jewish leaders, there was never real danger, the FBI was in control all along. Half of Riverdale seemed to twitter like the birds in Prokofiev’s “Peter and the Wolf” — “all is quiet, all is quiet.”

Hate Crimes Bill, Long Overdue

It's time for Congress to stop playing politics with a law that will protect all minorities

There’s a good reason the Anti-Defamation League and a number of other major Jewish groups have made passage of a new hate crimes bill a top priority: there are still too many places in America where violent crimes against unpopular minorities are not investigated or prosecuted with any vigor.

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