Following a series of anti-Israel demonstrations around the globe protesting Israel’s military operation to stop rocket attacks from the Gaza Strip, some of which have resulted in violence and anti-Semitic expressions, the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) issued a security advisory to Jewish institutions and synagogues encouraging heightened vigilance and recommending that institutions take steps to enhance their security and connect with law enforcement.
This advisory was sent to Jewish institutions in ADL’s four-county Pacific Southwest Region: Los Angeles, Kern, San Bernardino and Riverside Counties.
“The events taking place in Israel and the Gaza Strip have resulted in tense atmospheres at anti-Israel rallies in Europe and across the United States,” said Abraham H. Foxman, ADL National Director. “While most of the demonstrations in the U.S. have been peaceful, we are encouraging Jewish institutions, organizations and synagogues to have a heightened sense of awareness, particularly in light of what is happening overseas.”
More than 50 anti-Israel rallies have taken place across the U.S. since Israel’s “Operation Protective Edge” began last week. The tenor at some of the anti-Israel rallies has been extreme with protestors chanting “Death to Israel” and other hateful messages and slogans.
A large scale anti-Israel demonstration took place in Paris on July 13 in which two synagogues were attacked. Dozens of demonstrators tried to enter the synagogue at la rue des Tournelles, but were turned away by police. Protestors also reportedly hurled clumps of dirt at a kosher market. On July 11, a Molotov cocktail was thrown at a synagogue outside of Paris in Aulnay-sous-Bois. Anti-Israel rallies were also held in some Latin American countries.
ADL has been working with communities around the country and overseas to encourage institutions to have sufficient protection, especially when international events have the potential to cause harm.
The League provides resources on best practices for Jewish institutional security and serves as a liaison to law enforcement.