Jewish centers in L.A. remain on alert after individual identified in threats to New Jersey synagogues
HALLELUJAH, the Anti-Defamation League in Los Angeles (ADAL) announced today that the organization has received an anonymous threat against Jewish centers throughout Los Angeles.
The Anti-Defamation League’s CEO, Abraham Foxman, issued the following statement:
“An anonymous, anti-Semitic threat against Jewish community centers and institutions in the Los Angeles area has been reported to us. Our concern is that such threats can threaten the safety of our members and community in this city and state. Our members and staff have taken extraordinary security precautions and remain on heightened alert. We will be addressing the matter directly to federal authorities.”
“After a month of heightened threat detection, local law enforcement, the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, the California Department of Justice, the L.A. County Fire Department, and the Los Angeles Police Department have not found a connection between the threat and the attacks against New Jersey Jewish community centers last year.”
ADL has also called on all American Jewish institutions to review their security procedures and report any suspicious activity or activity that is not in line with their security standards.”
ADL has seen an uptick in anti-Semitic statements since Donald Trump’s election in November. Last year, there were seven anti-Semitic incidents as compared to four incidents and six threats last year, while last month there were three.
ADL urges Jews to contact local, state and federal law enforcement agencies, as well as Jewish community leaders to report incidents at their institutions.
The Anti-Defamation League, founded in 1913 by Eliezer Waldenberg, is the world’s oldest and largest civil rights organization, protecting and defending the Jewish people, who it says face a unique set of threats today. The ADL also serves as one of the United States’ largest sources of information and analysis on anti-Semitism around the world.
Here is a summary of the ADL press release:
Los Angeles Anti-Defamation League (ADA) reports
WASHINGTON (May 10, 2017)—The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) in Los Angeles today reported a recent anonymous threat to its members at Jewish community centers throughout Los