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Nassau Police to Increase Patrols in Jewish Communities

Move comes in light of bus bombing on Israelis in Bulgaria.

The Nassau County Police Department will step up patrols at local temples, shuls, yeshivas and other prospective targets of the Jewish community in light of last week’s terrorist attack on Israeli tourists in Bulgaria.

Town of Hempstead Supervisor Kate Murray had requested the patrols in a letter to Commissioner Thomas Dale after last Wednesday’s suicide bus bombing, which killed five vacationing Israelis and a Bulgarian bus driver.

“With the Bulgarian attacks as a backdrop and the domestic terrorism, I certainly know that folks in the Five Towns area specifically are feeling a sense of unease,” Murray told Patch. “The fact remains that increased patrols increases the comfort level of our citizens.”

In Murray’s letter to the commissioner, the supervisor requests boosted patrols “around shuls, temples, yeshiva schools, Young Israel locations and all other sites that could be prospective targets of terrorist attacks on the Jewish community.”

According to a NCPD spokesperson, the K-9 unit, bureau of special operations, emergency service units as well as regular patrol units “will be paying special vigilance to these locations. All commands and precincts have been advised to step up patrols in the area.”

Before writing her letter, Murray consulted with Rabbi Hershel Billet of .

"I told her that we can always use more security. The police are stretched to their limits," he said. "We can never have 'too much' security."

The Hempstead supervisor added that residents should also be aware of their surroundings.

“To borrow a phrase, ‘if you see something, say something.’ That should be the mantra for all of us,” she said. “To have citizen activists call the police if they see something suspicious or feel suspicion, that’s a huge assist to our police officers. They can’t be everywhere at every time.”

Lawrence Mayor Martin Oliner had organized a with that exact message. He said that he is thankful for the stepped-up patrols.

Does the attack abroad have you concerned about the safety of Jewish communities in the United States? Tell us in the comments section.

Steve Klan July 25, 2012 at 04:34 PM
Let me get this straight, because jews were attacked in Europe we have to spend our tax and police protection on some Jews here? Why? Are there even any threats to Jews who live in nassau county? I think not and if you think different the provide me with some proof. This is just another example of how Jews have Police officials, politicians, and the media in their back pockets. Now, for all those who are calling me crazy answer me this, if churches were attacked and Christians killed in I don't know maybe Ireland because it happens All the time, would Christians be protected in this country? We all know the answer is no and it really leaves any American wondering what's going on in their country when the government clearly favors one religion over the others.
janey.1985 July 26, 2012 at 06:46 AM
jeez - what a racist - and an incredibly stupid argument. good choice of last name - bet he also wears a hood when he gathers with his friends
allison.mz July 26, 2012 at 05:24 PM
I definotly think its not a bad idea to be careful. Ive flagged steve kahns comment as inapproprit.
Steve Klan July 26, 2012 at 07:25 PM
Why don't you try debating the points I've made rather than calling me a racist for simply criticizing the Jewish community. Or am I not allowed to criticize them? I guess by doing so I'm automatically an "anti-Semite"

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