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Muslim nonprofit groups are rejecting federal funds because of Trump
By Amy B Wang February 11, 2017
https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/post-nation/wp/2017/02/11/it-all-came-down-to-principle-muslim-nonprofit-groups-are-rejecting-federal-funds-because-of-trump/


At least four Muslim nonprofit groups have rejected more than $2 million in federal funding to fight violent extremism, citing President Trump’s rhetoric against Muslim Americans


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'Telephone terrorism' has rattled 48 Jewish centers. Is anyone paying attention?
Daniel Burke Fri February 17, 2017
http://www.cnn.com/2017/02/16/living/jcc-bomb-threats-anti-semitism/index.html


"I've been in the business for 20-plus years, and this is unprecedented," said Paul Goldenberg, national director of the Secure Community Network, which advises Jewish organizations on security. "It's more methodical than meets the eye."

No bombs have been found, but Jewish leaders hesitate to label the calls "hoaxes."



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The Department of Homeland Security allocated to Jewish institutions $12 million, or 94 percent, of $13 million in funds for securing nonprofits.

The $13 million disbursed last week brings to $151 million the amount disbursed since the program started in 2005, most of it to Jewish institutions.

http://forward.com/news/breaking-news/203059/jewish-groups-get-94-of-homeland-security-grants/


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2017-02-28 17:17:43 UTC
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Muslim nonprofit groups are rejecting federal funds because of Trump
By Amy B Wang February 11, 2017
https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/post-nation/wp/2017/02/11/it-all-came-down-to-principle-muslim-nonprofit-groups-are-rejecting-federal-funds-because-of-trump/
At least four Muslim nonprofit groups have rejected more than $2 million in federal funding to fight violent extremism, citing President Trump’s rhetoric against Muslim Americans
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'Telephone terrorism' has rattled 48 Jewish centers. Is anyone paying attention?
Daniel Burke Fri February 17, 2017
http://www.cnn.com/2017/02/16/living/jcc-bomb-threats-anti-semitism/index.html
"I've been in the business for 20-plus years, and this is unprecedented," said Paul Goldenberg, national director of the Secure Community Network, which advises Jewish organizations on security. "It's more methodical than meets the eye."
No bombs have been found, but Jewish leaders hesitate to label the calls "hoaxes."
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The Department of Homeland Security allocated to Jewish institutions $12 million, or 94 percent, of $13 million in funds for securing nonprofits.
The $13 million disbursed last week brings to $151 million the amount disbursed since the program started in 2005, most of it to Jewish institutions.
http://forward.com/news/breaking-news/203059/jewish-groups-get-94-of-homeland-security-grants/
Homeland Security awards $20 million in grants to nonprofits seen as high risk
June 30, 2016
http://www.jta.org/2016/06/30/news-opinion/politics/homeland-security-awards-20-million-in-grants-to-nonprofits-seen-as-high-risk


(JTA) — In a program that has benefited Jewish institutions, the Department of Homeland Security has awarded $20 million in security preparedness grants to nonprofit agencies at high risk of attacks.

The allocations for fiscal year 2016, which were announced Wednesday by Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson, represent a 55 percent increase over last year.

Since its inception 10 years ago, the Nonprofit Security Grants Program has provided more than $184 million to Jewish schools, synagogues and other nonprofits. The money can be used for security training and improved security infrastructure.

William Daroff, senior vice president for public policy and director of the Washington office for Jewish Federations of North America, said the grants “recognize the continued risks facing the nonprofit sector, generally, and the particular threats directed towards the Jewish community, specifically.”

The Orthodox Union’s Advocacy Center and the Agudath Israel’s Washington Office advocated for the increase in security grant funds.
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2017-03-01 05:50:37 UTC
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Muslim nonprofit groups are rejecting federal funds because of Trump
By Amy B Wang February 11, 2017
https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/post-nation/wp/2017/02/11/it-all-came-down-to-principle-muslim-nonprofit-groups-are-rejecting-federal-funds-because-of-trump/
At least four Muslim nonprofit groups have rejected more than $2 million in federal funding to fight violent extremism, citing President Trump’s rhetoric against Muslim Americans
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'Telephone terrorism' has rattled 48 Jewish centers. Is anyone paying attention?
Daniel Burke Fri February 17, 2017
http://www.cnn.com/2017/02/16/living/jcc-bomb-threats-anti-semitism/index.html
"I've been in the business for 20-plus years, and this is unprecedented," said Paul Goldenberg, national director of the Secure Community Network, which advises Jewish organizations on security. "It's more methodical than meets the eye."
No bombs have been found, but Jewish leaders hesitate to label the calls "hoaxes."
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The Department of Homeland Security allocated to Jewish institutions $12 million, or 94 percent, of $13 million in funds for securing nonprofits.
The $13 million disbursed last week brings to $151 million the amount disbursed since the program started in 2005, most of it to Jewish institutions.
http://forward.com/news/breaking-news/203059/jewish-groups-get-94-of-homeland-security-grants/
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... the FBI said the bureau and the Justice Department's Civil Rights Division are "investigating possible *civil rights violations* in connections with threats to Jewish Community Centers across the country."

Little is known about the calls themselves. It's difficult to discern if it's a male or female voice, or how old the caller is. "They could be 15 or 60 years old. These *masking technologies* are very effective."

... the perpetrator also uses technology to make *the calls seem as if they're coming from within the JCC* itself.


More bomb threats target Jewish community. Trump finally responds
Daniel Burke, Mon February 27, 2017
http://www.cnn.com/2017/02/16/living/jcc-bomb-threats-anti-semitism/index.html
https://soundcloud.com/user-689640176/bombthreatwav
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2017-03-01 18:39:27 UTC
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Muslim nonprofit groups are rejecting federal funds because of Trump
By Amy B Wang February 11, 2017
https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/post-nation/wp/2017/02/11/it-all-came-down-to-principle-muslim-nonprofit-groups-are-rejecting-federal-funds-because-of-trump/
At least four Muslim nonprofit groups have rejected more than $2 million in federal funding to fight violent extremism, citing President Trump’s rhetoric against Muslim Americans
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'Telephone terrorism' has rattled 48 Jewish centers. Is anyone paying attention?
Daniel Burke Fri February 17, 2017
http://www.cnn.com/2017/02/16/living/jcc-bomb-threats-anti-semitism/index.html
No bombs have been found, but Jewish leaders hesitate to label the calls "hoaxes."
On January 7, the Islamic Center of Lake Travis, in Austin, Texas, which had been under construction, caught on fire. A week later, on January 14, the Islamic Center of Eastside, in Bellevue, Washington, burned.

Two weeks after that, on January 27, a fire destroyed the Islamic Center of Victoria, in Texas.

Then, this past Friday, February 24, a small blaze broke out at the front entrance of the Daarus Salaam Mosque, near Tampa, Florida.

Authorities have ruled that three of the four fires were caused by arson.

“We’ve never seen four mosques burned within seven weeks of each other,” “It’s part of a whole series of dramatic attacks on Muslims.”


Four Mosques Have Burned In Seven Weeks — Leaving Many Muslims and Advocates Stunned
“The short answer is we haven’t seen anything like this in the past.”
Feb. 28, 2017, Albert Samaha, Talal Ansari
https://www.buzzfeed.com/albertsamaha/four-mosques-burn-as-2017-begins
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The Department of Homeland Security allocated to Jewish institutions $12 million, or 94 percent, of $13 million in funds for securing nonprofits.
The $13 million disbursed last week brings to $151 million the amount disbursed since the program started in 2005, most of it to Jewish institutions.
http://forward.com/news/breaking-news/203059/jewish-groups-get-94-of-homeland-security-grants/
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2017-03-03 17:14:34 UTC
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Muslim nonprofit groups are rejecting federal funds because of Trump
By Amy B Wang February 11, 2017
https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/post-nation/wp/2017/02/11/it-all-came-down-to-principle-muslim-nonprofit-groups-are-rejecting-federal-funds-because-of-trump/
At least four Muslim nonprofit groups have rejected more than $2 million in federal funding to fight violent extremism, citing President Trump’s rhetoric against Muslim Americans
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'Telephone terrorism' has rattled 48 Jewish centers. Is anyone paying attention?
Daniel Burke Fri February 17, 2017
http://www.cnn.com/2017/02/16/living/jcc-bomb-threats-anti-semitism/index.html
"I've been in the business for 20-plus years, and this is unprecedented," said Paul Goldenberg, national director of the Secure Community Network, which advises Jewish organizations on security. "It's more methodical than meets the eye."
No bombs have been found, but Jewish leaders hesitate to label the calls "hoaxes."
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The Department of Homeland Security allocated to Jewish institutions $12 million, or 94 percent, of $13 million in funds for securing nonprofits.
The $13 million disbursed last week brings to $151 million the amount disbursed since the program started in 2005, most of it to Jewish institutions.
http://forward.com/news/breaking-news/203059/jewish-groups-get-94-of-homeland-security-grants/
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STATEMENT ON THE ARREST OF FORMER INTERCEPT REPORTER JUAN THOMPSON
The Intercept March 3 2017
https://theintercept.com/2017/03/03/statement-on-the-arrest-of-former-intercept-reporter-juan-thompson/


We were horrified to learn this morning that Juan Thompson, a former employee of The Intercept, has been arrested in connection with bomb threats against the ADL and multiple Jewish Community Centers in addition to cyberstalking.

These actions are heinous and should be fully investigated and prosecuted. We have no information about the charges against Thompson other than what is included in the criminal complaint.

Thompson worked for The Intercept from November 2014 to January 2016, when he was fired after we discovered that he had fabricated sources and quotes in his articles.
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2017-03-07 02:15:53 UTC
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Muslim nonprofit groups are rejecting federal funds because of Trump
By Amy B Wang February 11, 2017
https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/post-nation/wp/2017/02/11/it-all-came-down-to-principle-muslim-nonprofit-groups-are-rejecting-federal-funds-because-of-trump/
At least four Muslim nonprofit groups have rejected more than $2 million in federal funding to fight violent extremism, citing President Trump’s rhetoric against Muslim Americans
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'Telephone terrorism' has rattled 48 Jewish centers. Is anyone paying attention?
Daniel Burke Fri February 17, 2017
http://www.cnn.com/2017/02/16/living/jcc-bomb-threats-anti-semitism/index.html
"I've been in the business for 20-plus years, and this is unprecedented," said Paul Goldenberg, national director of the Secure Community Network, which advises Jewish organizations on security. "It's more methodical than meets the eye."
No bombs have been found, but Jewish leaders hesitate to label the calls "hoaxes."
The Department of Homeland Security allocated to Jewish institutions $12 million, or 94 percent, of $13 million in funds for securing nonprofits.
The $13 million disbursed last week brings to $151 million the amount disbursed since the program started in 2005, most of it to Jewish institutions.
http://forward.com/news/breaking-news/203059/jewish-groups-get-94-of-homeland-security-grants/
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CHERRY HILL - One week after a bomb threat at the Katz Jewish Community Center, legislators called for federal funds to protect South Jersey religious institutions from extremists.

In a joint appearance at the Springdale Road complex Monday, U.S. Senator Cory Booker and Rep. Donald Norcross asserted the region is being denied vital support by the Federal Emergency Management Association.

In remarks to a crowd of about 100 people, Booker said FEMA's treatment of South Jersey "is outrageous," Booker told a crowd of about 100 people outside the JCC.

He said South Jersey residents are included in population statistics that determine FEMA funding for the tri-state area, but "when it comes to the allocations of that money, we don't get any of it."

Booker said he and Norcross, both Democrats, are writing to John Kelly, secretary of the Department of Homeland Security, "saying, 'This makes no sense whatsoever. Help our communities in our time of need.'"

"Federal dollars right now — in Northern Jersey, New York, Philadelphia and Delaware — are working to protect communities and nonprofits that are being targeted by hatred," said Booker.

"We know it's happening, dozens and dozens of threats in the last month," he said.

Several hundred people were evacuated from the Cherry Hill complex after a bomb scare on Feb. 27, a day when threats were made to multiple JCCs across the country.

The Cherry Hill facility, which received a telephoned threat around 10:40 a.m., reopened about two hours later after a sweep by law enforcement officers and K-9 teams.

"My first thoughts were for the children," said Norcross, noting he had attended a JCC pre-school program.

Cherry Hill Mayor Chuck Cahn found a positive in the local JCC's experience, noting scores of people gathered after the bomb threat for a unity rally.

"We sent a message that hate has no home here in Cherry Hill." said Cahn, who said he plans to form an advisory group made up of religious, cultural and community leaders.

The legislators' audience responded with cheers and at least one call for Booker to seek the presidency.



JCC bomb scare prompts call for funds
Jim Walsh March 6, 2017
http://www.courierpostonline.com/story/news/local/south-jersey/2017/03/06/norcross-booker-jcc-cherry-hill/98803828/
http://www.snjtoday.com/story/34677903/sen-booker-and-rep-norcross-stress-need-for-federal-security-funding-after-threats-at-local-jcc
http://www.philly.com/philly/news/new_jersey/NJ-lawmakers-seek-security-funding-JCC-bomb-threats-religious.html



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2017-03-09 23:27:57 UTC
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Muslim nonprofit groups are rejecting federal funds because of Trump
By Amy B Wang February 11, 2017
https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/post-nation/wp/2017/02/11/it-all-came-down-to-principle-muslim-nonprofit-groups-are-rejecting-federal-funds-because-of-trump/
At least four Muslim nonprofit groups have rejected more than $2 million in federal funding to fight violent extremism, citing President Trump’s rhetoric against Muslim Americans
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'Telephone terrorism' has rattled 48 Jewish centers. Is anyone paying attention?
Daniel Burke Fri February 17, 2017
http://www.cnn.com/2017/02/16/living/jcc-bomb-threats-anti-semitism/index.html
"I've been in the business for 20-plus years, and this is unprecedented," said Paul Goldenberg, national director of the Secure Community Network, which advises Jewish organizations on security. "It's more methodical than meets the eye."
No bombs have been found, but Jewish leaders hesitate to label the calls "hoaxes."
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The Department of Homeland Security allocated to Jewish institutions $12 million, or 94 percent, of $13 million in funds for securing nonprofits.
The $13 million disbursed last week brings to $151 million the amount disbursed since the program started in 2005, most of it to Jewish institutions.
http://forward.com/news/breaking-news/203059/jewish-groups-get-94-of-homeland-security-grants/
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During an impromptu visit to Israel last week, Gov. Cuomo pledged $25 million for a statewide effort and special state police unit to boost security at Jewish schools and daycare centers.

To supplement the state funding, this week members of City Council are asking the city to match that amount with a $25 million grant


http://www.metro.us/new-york/brooklyn-jewish-children-s-museum-evacuated-after-bomb-threat/zsJqci---lCN5KqJw74D2/
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Muslim nonprofit groups are rejecting federal funds because of Trump
By Amy B Wang February 11, 2017
https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/post-nation/wp/2017/02/11/it-all-came-down-to-principle-muslim-nonprofit-groups-are-rejecting-federal-funds-because-of-trump/
At least four Muslim nonprofit groups have rejected more than $2 million in federal funding to fight violent extremism, citing President Trump’s rhetoric against Muslim Americans
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'Telephone terrorism' has rattled 48 Jewish centers. Is anyone paying attention?
Daniel Burke Fri February 17, 2017
http://www.cnn.com/2017/02/16/living/jcc-bomb-threats-anti-semitism/index.html
"I've been in the business for 20-plus years, and this is unprecedented," said Paul Goldenberg, national director of the Secure Community Network, which advises Jewish organizations on security. "It's more methodical than meets the eye."
No bombs have been found, but Jewish leaders hesitate to label the calls "hoaxes."
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The Department of Homeland Security allocated to Jewish institutions $12 million, or 94 percent, of $13 million in funds for securing nonprofits.
The $13 million disbursed last week brings to $151 million the amount disbursed since the program started in 2005, most of it to Jewish institutions.
http://forward.com/news/breaking-news/203059/jewish-groups-get-94-of-homeland-security-grants/
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During an impromptu visit to Israel last week, Gov. Cuomo pledged $25 million for a statewide effort and special state police unit to boost security at Jewish schools and daycare centers.
To supplement the state funding, this week members of City Council are asking the city to match that amount with a $25 million grant
Seattle synagogue vandalized with Holocaust denial graffiti
Mar 11, 2017 Dakin Andone CNN
http://www.cnn.com/2017/03/10/us/seattle-synagogue-vandalized-holocaust-denial/


(CNN) -- A synagogue in Seattle has become the latest to fall victim to recent anti-Semitic vandalism.

Temple De Hirsch Sinai was spray-painted with graffiti calling the Holocaust "fake history," Rabbi Daniel Weiner said.

Weiner told CNN affiliate KOMO, "It was just horrifically disturbing graffiti that kind of encompassed all classic anti-Semitic tropes of Holocaust denial and of Jewish affinity for money."

The vandals replaced each S in the message with dollar signs.


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One phone hoaxer with a $10 voice changing toy and NY contemplating $50 MILLION dollars to solve problem.

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2017-03-10 00:01:28 UTC
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Muslim nonprofit groups are rejecting federal funds because of Trump
By Amy B Wang February 11, 2017
https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/post-nation/wp/2017/02/11/it-all-came-down-to-principle-muslim-nonprofit-groups-are-rejecting-federal-funds-because-of-trump/
At least four Muslim nonprofit groups have rejected more than $2 million in federal funding to fight violent extremism, citing President Trump’s rhetoric against Muslim Americans
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'Telephone terrorism' has rattled 48 Jewish centers. Is anyone paying attention?
Daniel Burke Fri February 17, 2017
http://www.cnn.com/2017/02/16/living/jcc-bomb-threats-anti-semitism/index.html
"I've been in the business for 20-plus years, and this is unprecedented," said Paul Goldenberg, national director of the Secure Community Network, which advises Jewish organizations on security. "It's more methodical than meets the eye."
No bombs have been found, but Jewish leaders hesitate to label the calls "hoaxes."
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The Department of Homeland Security allocated to Jewish institutions $12 million, or 94 percent, of $13 million in funds for securing nonprofits.
The $13 million disbursed last week brings to $151 million the amount disbursed since the program started in 2005, most of it to Jewish institutions.
http://forward.com/news/breaking-news/203059/jewish-groups-get-94-of-homeland-security-grants/
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A new bill that would provide non-profit institutions in New Jersey with $10,000 grants that could be used to hire security guards cleared its first hurdle in the New Jersey State Senate on Monday after passing unanimously in the Senate’s Public Safety Committee.

If passed, the bill would allocate $1 million for security grants that would be open to any non-profit institution in New Jersey. Rabbi Schnall noted that the $10,000 grants would cover the cost of hiring security guards at eligible places of worship for the holidays.

In addition to the state grant, non-profit institutions can also file for a federal homeland security grant which would provide eligible applicants with $75,000 for items that would enhance security including video cameras, perimeter fencing and similar items. The federal grant, however, would not cover the hiring of security personnel.

With a wave of anti-Semitic acts and threats sweeping the country, the timing of the New Jersey bill couldn’t be more fortuitous, noted Rabbi Schnall.

http://matzav.com/nj-senate-committee-paves-the-way-for-bill-that-could-provide-greater-security-for-non-profit-institutions/



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"the timing of the New Jersey bill couldn’t be more fortuitous"

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2017-03-10 00:05:08 UTC
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Muslim nonprofit groups are rejecting federal funds because of Trump
By Amy B Wang February 11, 2017
https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/post-nation/wp/2017/02/11/it-all-came-down-to-principle-muslim-nonprofit-groups-are-rejecting-federal-funds-because-of-trump/
At least four Muslim nonprofit groups have rejected more than $2 million in federal funding to fight violent extremism, citing President Trump’s rhetoric against Muslim Americans
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'Telephone terrorism' has rattled 48 Jewish centers. Is anyone paying attention?
Daniel Burke Fri February 17, 2017
http://www.cnn.com/2017/02/16/living/jcc-bomb-threats-anti-semitism/index.html
"I've been in the business for 20-plus years, and this is unprecedented," said Paul Goldenberg, national director of the Secure Community Network, which advises Jewish organizations on security. "It's more methodical than meets the eye."
No bombs have been found, but Jewish leaders hesitate to label the calls "hoaxes."
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The Department of Homeland Security allocated to Jewish institutions $12 million, or 94 percent, of $13 million in funds for securing nonprofits.
The $13 million disbursed last week brings to $151 million the amount disbursed since the program started in 2005, most of it to Jewish institutions.
http://forward.com/news/breaking-news/203059/jewish-groups-get-94-of-homeland-security-grants/
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In 2016, New Jersey received a total of $4,260,515 in federal non-profit security grants, with the majority, 46 out of 57, awarded to Jewish community institutions
http://njjewishnews.com/article/32890/second-wave-of-bomb-threats-hits-jccs-in-scotch-plains-edison
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Muslim nonprofit groups are rejecting federal funds because of Trump
By Amy B Wang February 11, 2017
https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/post-nation/wp/2017/02/11/it-all-came-down-to-principle-muslim-nonprofit-groups-are-rejecting-federal-funds-because-of-trump/
At least four Muslim nonprofit groups have rejected more than $2 million in federal funding to fight violent extremism, citing President Trump’s rhetoric against Muslim Americans
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'Telephone terrorism' has rattled 48 Jewish centers. Is anyone paying attention?
Daniel Burke Fri February 17, 2017
http://www.cnn.com/2017/02/16/living/jcc-bomb-threats-anti-semitism/index.html
"I've been in the business for 20-plus years, and this is unprecedented," said Paul Goldenberg, national director of the Secure Community Network, which advises Jewish organizations on security. "It's more methodical than meets the eye."
No bombs have been found, but Jewish leaders hesitate to label the calls "hoaxes."
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The Department of Homeland Security allocated to Jewish institutions $12 million, or 94 percent, of $13 million in funds for securing nonprofits.
The $13 million disbursed last week brings to $151 million the amount disbursed since the program started in 2005, most of it to Jewish institutions.
http://forward.com/news/breaking-news/203059/jewish-groups-get-94-of-homeland-security-grants/
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Legislators support Jewish security funding
by Robert Wiener March 16, 2017
http://njjewishnews.com/article/33381/legislators-support-jewish-security-funding



A bill that would appropriate $3 million to beef up security at Jewish institutions and other non-profit organizations passed the State Senate’s Law and Public Safety Committee by a unanimous vote on March 6. The bill mirrors legislation passed in January by the State Assembly’s Homeland Security and State Preparedness Committee.

Lori Price Abrams, vice president of government relations for the public relations firm MWWPR, and a consultant to the NJ State Association of Jewish Federations, told the committee that the need for such support has become increasingly vital.

“Jewish communities at home and abroad have had to contend with increased security concerns in response to a rise in national and global anti-Semitism,” she said, noting that Jews and Jewish institutions have been targeted by international terrorist groups and homegrown violent extremists.

The bill establishes the “New Jersey Nonprofit Security Grant Pilot Program,” which appropriates $1 million a year for each of the next three fiscal years to certain organizations “at high risk of terrorist attacks and located within designated areas of New Jersey,” according to the NJ Office of Homeland Security and Preparedness.

“Recent weeks have pointed to the urgent need for this. There is a great recognition that every other day there is a cemetery desecration or a JCC bomb threat,” Price Abrams told NJJN after the hearing. Nationally, 176 incidents of bias and hate directed at the Jewish community have been reported during the last two months, according to the Secure Community Network. “There is an enduring kind of anti-Semitism that has been ignited,” she said.



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2017-03-16 21:49:29 UTC
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“Recent weeks have pointed to the urgent need for this. There is a great recognition
that every other day there is a cemetery desecration or a JCC bomb threat,”
So who have the police caught, besides Juan Thompson guy?
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2017-03-17 00:15:13 UTC
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“Recent weeks have pointed to the urgent need for this. There is a great recognition
that every other day there is a cemetery desecration or a JCC bomb threat,”
So who have the police caught, besides Juan Thompson guy?
One one except Juan Thompson has been arrested. Thompson is a copy-cat hoaxer who was begging to be caught, according to reports I have read, and authorities suspect the "real" hoaxer is a lone member of a group responsible for the outbreak and spread of 100's of cases of antisemitism across America.

One man, two toys, $50 million and rising, during a time of fiscal belt tightening.
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“Recent weeks have pointed to the urgent need for this. There is a great recognition
that every other day there is a cemetery desecration or a JCC bomb threat,”
So who have the police caught, besides Juan Thompson guy?
"No" one except Juan Thompson has been arrested. Thompson is a copy-cat hoaxer who was begging to be caught, according to reports I have read, and authorities suspect the "real" hoaxer is a lone member of a group responsible for the outbreak and spread of 100's of cases of antisemitism across America.
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One man, two toys, $50 million and rising, during a time of fiscal belt tightening.
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Muslim nonprofit groups are rejecting federal funds because of Trump
By Amy B Wang February 11, 2017
https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/post-nation/wp/2017/02/11/it-all-came-down-to-principle-muslim-nonprofit-groups-are-rejecting-federal-funds-because-of-trump/
At least four Muslim nonprofit groups have rejected more than $2 million in federal funding to fight violent extremism, citing President Trump’s rhetoric against Muslim Americans
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'Telephone terrorism' has rattled 48 Jewish centers. Is anyone paying attention?
Daniel Burke Fri February 17, 2017
http://www.cnn.com/2017/02/16/living/jcc-bomb-threats-anti-semitism/index.html
"I've been in the business for 20-plus years, and this is unprecedented," said Paul Goldenberg, national director of the Secure Community Network, which advises Jewish organizations on security. "It's more methodical than meets the eye."
No bombs have been found, but Jewish leaders hesitate to label the calls "hoaxes."
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The Department of Homeland Security allocated to Jewish institutions $12 million, or 94 percent, of $13 million in funds for securing nonprofits.
The $13 million disbursed last week brings to $151 million the amount disbursed since the program started in 2005, most of it to Jewish institutions.
http://forward.com/news/breaking-news/203059/jewish-groups-get-94-of-homeland-security-grants/
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WASHINGTON (JTA) — Citing the recent increase in threats to Jewish institutions, Jewish community officials urged Congress to preserve a security assistance program for nonprofits that could be threatened under President Donald Trump’s budget.

“Congress should consider ways to strengthen the program rather than dismantle it,” William Daroff, the Washington director of the Jewish Federations of North America, said Thursday in testimony to a House subcommittee.

Congress currently funds the program at $20 million per year. The vast majority of funds have gone to Jewish institutions since the program was launched in 2005

Barletta noted the wave of threats against JCCs nationwide.

“This is domestic terrorism,” he said, “and the full force of the law needs to be brought against the perpetrators.”


Jewish officials fret Trump budget will gut security grants
By Ron Kampeas March 17, 2017
http://www.jta.org/2017/03/17/news-opinion/politics/jewish-officials-push-back-against-trump-plans-for-security-grants




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By Amy B Wang February 11, 2017
https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/post-nation/wp/2017/02/11/it-all-came-down-to-principle-muslim-nonprofit-groups-are-rejecting-federal-funds-because-of-trump/
At least four Muslim nonprofit groups have rejected more than $2 million in federal funding to fight violent extremism, citing President Trump’s rhetoric against Muslim Americans
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'Telephone terrorism' has rattled 48 Jewish centers. Is anyone paying attention?
Daniel Burke Fri February 17, 2017
http://www.cnn.com/2017/02/16/living/jcc-bomb-threats-anti-semitism/index.html
"I've been in the business for 20-plus years, and this is unprecedented," said Paul Goldenberg, national director of the Secure Community Network, which advises Jewish organizations on security. "It's more methodical than meets the eye."
No bombs have been found, but Jewish leaders hesitate to label the calls "hoaxes."
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The Department of Homeland Security allocated to Jewish institutions $12 million, or 94 percent, of $13 million in funds for securing nonprofits.
The $13 million disbursed last week brings to $151 million the amount disbursed since the program started in 2005, most of it to Jewish institutions.
http://forward.com/news/breaking-news/203059/jewish-groups-get-94-of-homeland-security-grants/
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JCC MetroWest imposes security fee in wake of threats
by Johanna Ginsberg March 16, 2017
http://njjewishnews.com/article/33377/jcc-metrowest-imposes-security-fee-in-wake-of-threats


In the wake of numerous bomb threats to JCCs around the country, JCC MetroWest is charging a $36 “security fee” on members at its Leon & Toby Cooperman JCC in West Orange.

The fee was announced in an e-mail and letter from CEO Stuart Raynor dated Feb. 27. It reads, in part, that “this new reality requires us to review and refine our security procedures on an ongoing basis to maximize their effectiveness.” The recent threats, it goes on, have “caused us to make significant adjustments to our budget to cover the unanticipated additional costs.” In order to offset those expenditures, writes Raynor, “we have found it necessary to charge our members a tax-deductible, $36 security fee.”
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By Amy B Wang February 11, 2017
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At least four Muslim nonprofit groups have rejected more than $2 million in federal funding to fight violent extremism, citing President Trump’s rhetoric against Muslim Americans
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'Telephone terrorism' has rattled 48 Jewish centers. Is anyone paying attention?
Daniel Burke Fri February 17, 2017
http://www.cnn.com/2017/02/16/living/jcc-bomb-threats-anti-semitism/index.html
"I've been in the business for 20-plus years, and this is unprecedented," said Paul Goldenberg, national director of the Secure Community Network, which advises Jewish organizations on security. "It's more methodical than meets the eye."
No bombs have been found, but Jewish leaders hesitate to label the calls "hoaxes."
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The Department of Homeland Security allocated to Jewish institutions $12 million, or 94 percent, of $13 million in funds for securing nonprofits.
The $13 million disbursed last week brings to $151 million the amount disbursed since the program started in 2005, most of it to Jewish institutions.
http://forward.com/news/breaking-news/203059/jewish-groups-get-94-of-homeland-security-grants/
JERUSALEM — A monthslong wave of bomb threats against Jewish institutions in the United States that prompted evacuations, heightened security and fears of rising anti-Semitism gave way to an unexpected twist on Thursday. The person responsible for many of the threats, law enforcement officials said, was half a world away, in Israel, a Jewish teenager.


Jewish Center Bomb Threat Suspect Is Arrested in Israel
By ISABEL KERSHNER, ADAM GOLDMAN, ALAN BLINDER and RICHARD PÉREZ-PEÑAMARCH 23, 2017
https://www.nytimes.com/2017/03/23/us/jcc-bomb-threats.html?smid=tw-nytimes&smtyp=cur
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By Amy B Wang February 11, 2017
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At least four Muslim nonprofit groups have rejected more than $2 million in federal funding to fight violent extremism, citing President Trump’s rhetoric against Muslim Americans
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'Telephone terrorism' has rattled 48 Jewish centers. Is anyone paying attention?
Daniel Burke Fri February 17, 2017
http://www.cnn.com/2017/02/16/living/jcc-bomb-threats-anti-semitism/index.html
"I've been in the business for 20-plus years, and this is unprecedented," said Paul Goldenberg, national director of the Secure Community Network, which advises Jewish organizations on security. "It's more methodical than meets the eye."
No bombs have been found, but Jewish leaders hesitate to label the calls "hoaxes."
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The Department of Homeland Security allocated to Jewish institutions $12 million, or 94 percent, of $13 million in funds for securing nonprofits.
The $13 million disbursed last week brings to $151 million the amount disbursed since the program started in 2005, most of it to Jewish institutions.
http://forward.com/news/breaking-news/203059/jewish-groups-get-94-of-homeland-security-grants/
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JCC receives $200,000 to improve security
Victoria E. Freile March 26, 2017
http://www.democratandchronicle.com/story/news/2017/03/26/jcc-receives-200000-improve-security/99661984/


The Jewish Community Center of Rochester will receive $200,000 to upgrade security measures at the Brighton facility.

The news was announced Sunday morning, just two weeks after the JCC was evacuated following a bomb threat to the facility, the second such threat in less than a week. Both threats — on March 7 and March 12 — were received via email.

Assembly Majority Leader Joseph Morelle, D-Irondequoit, said he secured the capital grant funding through the state Assembly, he said.

"Though the hateful acts we experienced in recent weeks have sought to divide us, the exact opposite has proven true," Morelle said. "This community has instead come together, they are stronger than ever. They are united in their resiliency and determination in both inclusion and equality for all citizens of this community."

The funds will be used to bolster security efforts within the 180,000-square-foot structure at 1200 Edgewood Ave., Brighton. Arnie Sohinki, the executive director of the JCC, said the JCC will enhance security cameras and access to the building via security doors. They are also looking into face recognition software with the help of surveillance experts and Brighton police.

"I obviously don't want to talk a lot about it because anything you talk about security is no longer the word secure anymore," he said.

Brighton Police Chief Mark Henderson on Sunday said he and Sohinki review the facility's emergency procedures and protocols annually, and did so again as a result of the recent threats. Police have offered recommendations regarding security upgrades at the center and the funds "will go to implementing those recommendations."

In the past week, an 18-year-old Israeli-American was arrested in connection with a wave of threats aimed at Jewish Community Centers, including the facility in Brighton.

The March 7 and March 12 threats forced the evacuation of hundreds of people, required countless law enforcement man-hours and placed a significant strain on the JCC of Rochester’s existing security infrastructure, according to a news release from Morelle. Approximately 11,000 people are members at the facility, Sohinki said.
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By Amy B Wang February 11, 2017
https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/post-nation/wp/2017/02/11/it-all-came-down-to-principle-muslim-nonprofit-groups-are-rejecting-federal-funds-because-of-trump/
At least four Muslim nonprofit groups have rejected more than $2 million in federal funding to fight violent extremism, citing President Trump’s rhetoric against Muslim Americans
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'Telephone terrorism' has rattled 48 Jewish centers. Is anyone paying attention?
Daniel Burke Fri February 17, 2017
http://www.cnn.com/2017/02/16/living/jcc-bomb-threats-anti-semitism/index.html
"I've been in the business for 20-plus years, and this is unprecedented," said Paul Goldenberg, national director of the Secure Community Network, which advises Jewish organizations on security. "It's more methodical than meets the eye."
No bombs have been found, but Jewish leaders hesitate to label the calls "hoaxes."
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The Department of Homeland Security allocated to Jewish institutions $12 million, or 94 percent, of $13 million in funds for securing nonprofits.
The $13 million disbursed last week brings to $151 million the amount disbursed since the program started in 2005, most of it to Jewish institutions.
http://forward.com/news/breaking-news/203059/jewish-groups-get-94-of-homeland-security-grants/
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Trump Pushed FBI to Nab Israeli-American Suspect in Bomb Threats on Jewish Centers, Sources Say
Yaniv Kubovich and Almog Ben Zikri Mar 26, 2017
http://www.haaretz.com/us-news/1.779444




"The youth from Ashkelon has been making similar threats for the past two years, but only after the FBI sent investigators to Israel was an arrest made."



The Jewish Israeli-American arrested this week on suspicion of making a host of bomb threats on Jewish institutions worldwide has been making such cyberattacks for two years, but only recently was his capture given high priority, according to police sources.

The sources attributed the turnabout to pressure from United States President Donald Trump. A few weeks ago, after Trump announced that the FBI would do everything in its power to catch the perpetrator, the agency sent 12 investigators from its cybercrime unit to Israel to assist the Israeli investigation.

The 19-year-old was arrested in the Israeli city of Ashkelon on Thursday by cybercrimes unit of the Israel Police, seizing computers and other items investigators say helped the suspect evade detection.

The police have not yet heard the teen’s story, as he is maintaining his right to remain silent. Police sources said he has so far refused to talk about anything except the fact that he is sick. Police also haven’t yet succeeded in breaking into his computers, but expect to accomplish this in the next few days.

What they have managed to determine, the sources said, is the teen’s modus operandi. After calling in one of his bomb threats he would watch the media to see what effect the threat had. If he saw that a threat was getting media attention, he would make more threats in the same location.

Altogether, the teen has made hundreds of threats that the public never heard about, police said. When they got no media attention, he stopped making threats in those places. In contrast, the bomb threats to Jewish institutions in the U.S. in recent months received especially prominent coverage, not just in America but worldwide, so he began focusing his threats on those institutions.

It’s not clear whether the teen had any accomplices. Police said he isn’t enrolled in or active on any social media network under his own name, though it is possible he was using an alias. The teen’s father has also been arrested, on suspicion that he knew what his son was doing but kept quiet. The father is a computer expert, who would have known very well what the specialized equipment in his son’s room was for, police said.

As yet, there has been no U.S. extradition request, but police said that if one is received, they believe Israel will accede. They also speculated that commercial companies hurt by the teen’s threats might file civil lawsuits against him.

Police plan to question the teen’s mother in the next few days, but are waiting for her to obtain relevant medical documentation so they can examine the family’s claim that his health problems mean he cannot be held responsible for his actions.

The teen’s public defender, who visited him in jail on Friday and has spoken with him several times over the last few days, said she is increasingly convinced that his health problems have been influencing his behavior. “He told me several things that need to be checked out,” said the attorney, Galit Bash.

“I’ve also been in contact with his mother, and she gave me critical information – very, very essential. Apparently there’s an opinion by neurologists who say this affects his behavior.”

During the bail hearing, she said the teen has an inoperable growth in his head. Bash is expecting to get the medical documentation on Monday. Bash said the teen was born in Israel, but left the country with his family at a young age and has since returned several times. “He left school in first grade; his parents begged for someone to operate on him,” she said. Yet despite not being in school, he was also never in the care of the welfare authorities, Bash said.
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By Amy B Wang February 11, 2017
https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/post-nation/wp/2017/02/11/it-all-came-down-to-principle-muslim-nonprofit-groups-are-rejecting-federal-funds-because-of-trump/
At least four Muslim nonprofit groups have rejected more than $2 million in federal funding to fight violent extremism, citing President Trump’s rhetoric against Muslim Americans
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'Telephone terrorism' has rattled 48 Jewish centers. Is anyone paying attention?
Daniel Burke Fri February 17, 2017
http://www.cnn.com/2017/02/16/living/jcc-bomb-threats-anti-semitism/index.html
"I've been in the business for 20-plus years, and this is unprecedented," said Paul Goldenberg, national director of the Secure Community Network, which advises Jewish organizations on security. "It's more methodical than meets the eye."
No bombs have been found, but Jewish leaders hesitate to label the calls "hoaxes."
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The Department of Homeland Security allocated to Jewish institutions $12 million, or 94 percent, of $13 million in funds for securing nonprofits.
The $13 million disbursed last week brings to $151 million the amount disbursed since the program started in 2005, most of it to Jewish institutions.
http://forward.com/news/breaking-news/203059/jewish-groups-get-94-of-homeland-security-grants/
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Donovan, Pascrell Letter Calls For Increased Anti-Terrorism Funding
April 4, 2017 Press Release
https://donovan.house.gov/media-center/press-releases/donovan-pascrell-letter-calls-increased-anti-terrorism-funding




Bipartisan letter urges $50 million allocation for Homeland Security grant to protect vulnerable non-profit facilities


Washington, DC – April 4, 2017….Yesterday, U.S. Representative Dan Donovan (R-NY) and U.S. Representative Bill Pascrell, Jr. (D-NJ) led a bipartisan letter with 110 of their colleagues urging the co-chairs of the House Appropriations Committee Subcommittee on Homeland Security to fund the Nonprofit Security Grant Program (NPSG) at $50 million in the FY2018 Homeland Security Appropriations Bill. The letter cites an increase of anti-Semitic threats across the nation.

"Since January 1st, at least 116 Jewish communal institutions, including community centers, schools places of worship, and others have received more than 160 bomb threats in 39 states," the lawmakers wrote in the appropriations letter. "These incidents illustrate the many credible threats against non-profit institutions across the country and must be taken seriously. With the rise of hate groups in our nation, now more than ever Congress needs to strengthen the NSGP program."

The NSGP program was designed to provide physical target hardening measures to protect against the threats the Department of Homeland Security has identified as of most concern to at-risk nonprofit institutions.

Text of the letter below (PDF version here):
https://www.scribd.com/document/344015391/Pascrell-Donovan-Letter-Calls-for-Increased-Anti-Terrorism-Funding

April 3, 2017

The Honorable John Carter
Chairman
Subcommittee on Homeland Security
House Appropriations Committee
Washington, DC 20515

The Honorable Lucille Roybal-Allard
Ranking Member
Subcommittee on Homeland Security
House Appropriations Committee
Washington, DC 20515

Dear Chairman Carter and Ranking Member Roybal-Allard:

Thank you for your work in helping to ensure adequate resources are available to protect our communities from threats and disasters. As you craft the Fiscal Year 2018 Homeland Security Appropriations Bill, we respectfully ask you to fund the Urban Area Security Initiative (UASI) Nonprofit Security Grant Program (NSGP) at $50 million.

These funds are especially important in light of the most recent United States Intelligence Community’s assessment of threats to U.S. national security, which found that homegrown violent extremists, who draw inspiration from ISIL or other Sunni extremist organizations, continue to pose the most significant terrorist threat to the homeland. The increasing ability of ISIL to utilize sophisticated social media to inspire and motivate homegrown violent extremists from afar diminishes our ability to deter, detect, and disrupt an attack from happening. Moreover, US counterterrorism experts have assessed that homegrown violent extremists are now increasingly favoring softer civilian targets, such as places of worship.

According to a report released by the Southern Poverty Law Center, the number of hate groups in the United States rose in 2016, and least 550 of the 917 groups are anti-Semitic in nature. The report details groups active in 2016, which include 99 categorized as neo-Nazi, 100 as white nationalist, 130 as Ku Klux Klan and 21 as Christian Identity, a religious movement that says whites are the true Israelites and Jews are descended from Satan. Extremists come in many forms and extremist violence, whether inspired by ISIS, Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, or carried out in the name of white supremacy, still remains a serious threat to communities across our nation.

The severity of homegrown violent extremism came into focus during the August 2006 deadly attack at the Jewish Federation of Greater Seattle. It was followed by the deadly attack at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in June 2009, and, then the April 2014 deadly attacks at the Jewish Community Center of Greater Kansas City and the Village Shalom retirement community. In January 2017 an unknown arsonist burned down the Islamic Center in Victoria, Texas, which had previously experienced vandalism and a break-in. This level of extreme violence has extended to attacks on churches, mosques, and other religious centers in recent years.

Since January 1st, at least 116 Jewish communal institutions, including community centers, schools places of worship, and others have received more than 160 bomb threats in 39 states. These incidents illustrate the many credible threats against non-profit institutions across the country and must be taken seriously. With the rise of hate groups in our nation, now more than ever Congress needs to strengthen the NSGP program.

The NSGP program was designed to provide physical target hardening measures to protect against the threats the Department of Homeland Security has identified as of most concern to at-risk nonprofit institutions. These include: explosive device, arson, active shooter, assassination/kidnapping, chemical/biological agents and cyber-attacks. The NSGP program supports the physical target hardening measures necessary to protect these facilities against threats and to mitigate the effects of an attack, including the installation of access controls, barriers, blast-proofing, monitoring and surveillance capability, and cyber security enhancements.

The recent JCC bomb threats illustrate a growing record of plots, attempted attacks, and deadly occurrences targeting the Jewish community at home, a rise in anti-Semitic hate groups organizing, and an assessment by US counterterrorism experts that violent homegrown extremists are prioritizing 'soft targets,’ such as Jewish communal institutions and other religious centers. For these reasons, we respectfully encourage you to increase funding for the UASI NSGP to $50 million in addition to funds otherwise provided for UASI, so our nation can do all it can to prevent against direct threats to Jewish communities and protect at-risk nonprofit institutions from our country’s greatest enemies.

Thank you for your consideration of this request.



http://www.jpost.com/Diaspora/House-lawmakers-urge-increased-security-funding-for-Jewish-institutions-486138
https://advocacy.ou.org/orthodox-union-commends-112-members-u-s-house-representatives-urging-greater-funding-protect-jewish-community-others-attacks/
https://advocacy.ou.org/112-u-s-representatives-send-letter-urging-greater-funding-protect-jewish-community-others-attacks/
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By Amy B Wang February 11, 2017
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At least four Muslim nonprofit groups have rejected more than $2 million in federal funding to fight violent extremism, citing President Trump’s rhetoric against Muslim Americans
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'Telephone terrorism' has rattled 48 Jewish centers. Is anyone paying attention?
Daniel Burke Fri February 17, 2017
http://www.cnn.com/2017/02/16/living/jcc-bomb-threats-anti-semitism/index.html
"I've been in the business for 20-plus years, and this is unprecedented," said Paul Goldenberg, national director of the Secure Community Network, which advises Jewish organizations on security. "It's more methodical than meets the eye."
No bombs have been found, but Jewish leaders hesitate to label the calls "hoaxes."
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The Department of Homeland Security allocated to Jewish institutions $12 million, or 94 percent, of $13 million in funds for securing nonprofits.
The $13 million disbursed last week brings to $151 million the amount disbursed since the program started in 2005, most of it to Jewish institutions.
http://forward.com/news/breaking-news/203059/jewish-groups-get-94-of-homeland-security-grants/
http://youtu.be/Rlmt3D0na7U
Florida Lawmakers Vote To Fund Jewish School Security
April 6, 2017 By Marcy Oster
http://forward.com/fast-forward/368330/florida-lawmakers-vote-to-fund-jewish-school-security/



(JTA) — The budget committees of the Florida State House and Senate each voted to set aside funds to upgrade security at Jewish schools.

The amounts set aside by the lawmakers in the votes on Wednesday range from $254,000 up to $500,000, the Associated Press reported.

There have been threats made to 17 Jewish Community Centers and Jewish institutions in the state so far this year.

Many of the threats were part of the more than 100 bomb threats called into Jewish Community Centers and Jewish organizations. A dual Israeli-American citizen living in southern Israel has been arrested, accused of making most of the threats using high tech-equipment from his bedroom,

Republican State Rep. Randy Fine told the Associated Press that the money allocated by the state legislature would pay for security upgrades to protect the some 10,000 students at Jewish day schools throughout the state. Among the security upgrades would be fences and bullet-proof glass.
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(JTA) — The budget committees of the Florida State House and Senate
each voted to set aside funds to upgrade security at Jewish schools.
The amounts set aside by the lawmakers in the votes on Wednesday range
from $254,000 up to $500,000, the Associated Press reported.
So 1/4 to 1/2 MILLION tax payer dollars _per_ private Jewish school.

Meanwhile, other non-Jewish public and private schools are on their own?

The Jews really are the Master Race… umm, Chosen People, that is.
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(JTA) — The budget committees of the Florida State House and Senate
each voted to set aside funds to upgrade security at Jewish schools.
The amounts set aside by the lawmakers in the votes on Wednesday range
from $254,000 up to $500,000, the Associated Press reported.
So 1/4 to 1/2 MILLION tax payer dollars _per_ private Jewish school.
Meanwhile, other non-Jewish public and private schools are on their own?
The Jews really are the Master Race… umm, Chosen People, that is.
Increased funding for a diminishing problem would on its surface appear to be a scam.




“The good news in this research is that today a large majority of Americans do not subscribe to common anti-Semitic stereotypes,” Jonathan Greenblatt, ADL’s national director, said in a statement.


Few Americans Hold Anti-Semitic Views: ADL Poll
April 6, 2017 By JTA
http://forward.com/fast-forward/368321/few-americans-hold-anti-semitic-views-adl-poll/




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So 1/4 to 1/2 MILLION tax payer dollars _per_ private Jewish school.
FALSE TO FACT.
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Meanwhile, other non-Jewish public and private schools are on their own?
Churches under threat routinely get publicly paid protection services.
Everyone knows that.
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The Jews really are the Master Race… umm, Chosen People, that is.
Selective rant noted, the typical ploy of anti-semites. Go away, troll.
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(JTA) — The budget committees of the Florida State House and Senate
each voted to set aside funds to upgrade security at Jewish schools.
The amounts set aside by the lawmakers in the votes on Wednesday
range from $254,000 up to $500,000, the Associated Press reported.
So 1/4 to 1/2 MILLION tax payer dollars _per_ private Jewish school.
FALSE TO FACT.
Are you suggesting the Jewish Telegraphic Agency and Associated Press
are both lying?
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Meanwhile, other non-Jewish public and private schools are on their own?
Churches under threat routinely get publicly paid protection services.
Everyone knows that.
Which churches are regularly getting 1/4-1/2 million dollar _tax payer funded_
security upgrades, because the article only mentions private Jewish schools?
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Muslim nonprofit groups are rejecting federal funds because of Trump
By Amy B Wang February 11, 2017
https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/post-nation/wp/2017/02/11/it-all-came-down-to-principle-muslim-nonprofit-groups-are-rejecting-federal-funds-because-of-trump/
At least four Muslim nonprofit groups have rejected more than $2 million in federal funding to fight violent extremism, citing President Trump’s rhetoric against Muslim Americans
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'Telephone terrorism' has rattled 48 Jewish centers. Is anyone paying attention?
Daniel Burke Fri February 17, 2017
http://www.cnn.com/2017/02/16/living/jcc-bomb-threats-anti-semitism/index.html
"I've been in the business for 20-plus years, and this is unprecedented," said Paul Goldenberg, national director of the Secure Community Network, which advises Jewish organizations on security. "It's more methodical than meets the eye."
No bombs have been found, but Jewish leaders hesitate to label the calls "hoaxes."
///
The Department of Homeland Security allocated to Jewish institutions $12 million, or 94 percent, of $13 million in funds for securing nonprofits.
The $13 million disbursed last week brings to $151 million the amount disbursed since the program started in 2005, most of it to Jewish institutions.
http://forward.com/news/breaking-news/203059/jewish-groups-get-94-of-homeland-security-grants/
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For first time, Florida budget includes money to protect Jewish schools
KYRA GURNEY AND AMY SHERMAN ON MAY 12, 2017 SOURCE: MCCLATCHY
http://www.miamiherald.com/news/local/education/article150028102.html




May 11--Following a wave of bomb threats against Jewish institutions across the country, Florida lawmakers have taken unprecedented action to bolster security at Jewish schools in the state.

Legislators -- both Republicans and Democrats -- were eager to comply with a request to help secure Jewish schools following months of news reports showing children and adults evacuating from schools and other places in response to threats in Florida and other states.

But the line-item in the budget has raised some questions about government dollars earmarked to help schools serving just one religion.

Kara Gross, ACLU of Florida's legislative counsel, told the Miami Herald that while responding to violent threats made against religious minorities is extremely important, the budget item raises constitutional questions.

"The fact that the funding singles out one religion raises serious concerns about unconstitutional discrimination, whether intentional or not," she said in a written statement. "Many groups are seeing a spike in violent threats in recent months -- not only Jews, but also Muslims, Sikhs, and immigrants. If the state sees responding to these threats as a priority public safety issue, funding should be available to all similarly targeted groups."

It's unknown if the ACLU plans to pursue any action because it doesn't typically comment on hypothetical future litigation.

Florida's budget allocation appears to be unusual. The Orthodox Union -- an Orthodox Jewish group that helped draft the budget request through an affiliated project called Teach Florida -- has championed similar legislation in other states this year, but those bills would make funding available to other types of private schools as well. Legislation the group helped draft in Maryland, for example, would make security funding available to schools and child care centers deemed at risk of hate crimes or attacks.

Teach Florida's executive director Mimi Jankovits said the goal in Florida is to expand security money to other private schools in future years, but said it was limited to Jewish schools this year due to the rise in security threats. "We had an immediate need we wanted to address," she said. Although the Orthodox Union sought the money in Florida, it will be available to K-12 Jewish schools of any Jewish denomination.

In the $82.4 billion state budget that passed Monday, the Legislature earmarked roughly $654,000 for video cameras, fences, bullet-proof glass, alarm systems and other equipment at Jewish schools in nine counties including Miami-Dade and Broward. The funding marks the first time the state has allocated security funds to Jewish schools, according to supporters of the project.

"There's been a dramatic rise in anti-Semitism over the last year," said Brevard County Rep. Randy Fine, R-Palm Bay, who sponsored the project in the House. "Schools have had to close and parents are afraid for the safety of their kids, so this money would be used to do security upgrades to make those parents feel more secure and make those kids safer."

It has yet to be determined how the money will be divvied up, but the funds will be used to protect thousands of students at Jewish schools in counties that could include Palm Beach, Manatee, Miami-Dade, Broward, Duval, Hillsborough, Volusia, Lee and Orange, according to funding requests filed with the House and Senate. The project sponsors who made those requests -- Fine and former Miami Republican Sen. Frank Artiles -- initially asked for $1.5 million, and although they got less than half that, supporters said it wasn't hard to convince legislators that the funding was needed.

167 The number of bomb threats against Jewish institutions in the U.S. and Canada between Jan. 1 and March 21, 2017

"With anything now you have to prove a return on investment, but I think our appropriations chair [Jack Latvala, R-Clearwater] and the Senate president [Joe Negron, R-Stuart] were very, very supportive in ensuring children in our communities were kept safe," said Sen. Lauren Book, D-Plantation, who helped champion the funding request.

The funding still has to be approved by Gov. Rick Scott, who has yet to sign off on the Legislature's budget. Scott has the power to veto the entire budget or reject specific projects he disagrees with.

Book's Broward County district includes the David Posnack Jewish Day School in Davie which has been the target of recent bomb threats. "I was in communication with students and families at Posnack, and it is such a terrifying situation to not know what's going on for the students, so I was just very proud and glad to be able to provide that safety and peace of mind for our community," she said.

Similar money should be also assigned to any other school or religious organization who has been the victim of similar threats or crimes.

Wilfredo Ruiz, CAIR Florida's communications director

The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) Florida said they were surprised to learn of the state funding specifically allocated to Jewish schools. "We are glad that the government has assigned monies to the Jewish organizations and schools to enhance their safety and security," said Wilfredo Ruiz, CAIR Florida's communications director. "Similar money should be also assigned to any other school or religious organization who has been the victim of similar threats or crimes."

Ruiz said CAIR Florida has received reports of threats and vandalism targeting numerous Islamic centers and schools in recent years. "They deserve the state protection," he said. "That's part of the government's duty to protect their citizens and institutions."

The push for more security at Jewish institutions comes amid a wave of bomb threats at schools and other places nationwide including in South Florida.

According to the Anti-Defamation League, there have been more than 160 bomb threats to Jewish institutions in the U.S. and Canada in 2017, including the David Posnack Jewish Day School.

In April, the U.S. Department of Justice charged an 18-year-old who holds dual citizenship in the United states and Israel in connection to many of the bomb threats faced by Jewish institutions this year. The criminal complaint states that Michael Ron David Kadar made at least 245 threatening telephone calls involving bomb threats and active shooter threats targeting JCCs, schools and other Jewish institutions including some in Florida. Kadar was arrested in Israel in March.

Herald/Times staff writer Kristen Clark contributed.

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