ADL: Increase Security Around Jewish synagogues, schools in NJ
The League’s call comes in the wake of recent synagogue firebombing, and the lack of arrests over attacks and desecration of other synagogues in December:
The Anti-Defamation League on Wednesday called on law enforcement authorities to increase security and patrols around synagogues, schools and other Jewish institutions in northern New Jersey following the firebombing of a synagogue in Rutherford.
Authorities said the fire in Congregation Beth El synagogue was sparked by an incendiary device thrown through a window. It was the second reported case of attempted arson against a Jewish house of worship in Bergen County in the past week. Police are also investigating the January 4 firebombing of a Paramus synagogue.
‘An attack on a Jewish synagogue is an attack on the entire community,’ said Etzion Neuer, acting ADL New Jersey director. ‘After this horrific attack in Rutherford and other synagogue attacks in Bergen County, we are urging law enforcement to increase patrols and security near synagogues and Jewish community buildings in northern New Jersey to help prevent this from happening again.
‘We are also urging Jewish community institutions to consider adding cameras and other preventative security measures that can help deter acts of vandalism or other attacks,’ said Neuer. ‘We can help put a stop to stop these attacks if the entire community is aware and vigilant.’