Security Still Tight At Jewish Sites In NYC Following France Attack

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Security is still tight at synagogues and Jewish organizations throughout New York City following a deadly attack in France.

The NYPD stresses there is no specific threat against New York City, but has added extra patrols at 50 locations in response to the seemingly religiously motivated murders in Toulouse, France.

“It’s a horror, it’s a horrible thing that happened and it’s a huge tragedy,” said Helen Wolff. “People have gone crazy in this world.”

There has been outrage in the city’s Jewish community over the horror thousands of miles away. Officials in France say a gunman riding scooter opened fire at a Jewish school in Toulouse, killing a rabbi, his two young sons and a 7-year-old girl.

Now, 100 extra officers are under order to keep watch in Jewish neighborhoods around the city as well as at specific locations including the Museum of Jewish Heritage, the Israeli Mission to the United Nations and the 92nd Street Y.

“We’re concerned about the so-called copycat syndrome, where someone might see the events unfolding in Toulose and take it upon themselves to act out,” Police Commissioner Ray Kelly said Monday.

“There are individuals out there who hate and if they thought they could get away with it, they would do it today,” said Assemblyman Dov Hikind. “There is no doubt in my mind.”

People stand in solidarity outside the French consulate - New York, NY - Mar 20, 2012 (credit: Marla Diamond / WCBS 880)

People stand in solidarity outside the French consulate - New York, NY - Mar 20, 2012 (credit: Marla Diamond / WCBS 880)

WCBS 880’s Marla Diamond: People Stand In Solidarity In NYC

In New York City, the aunt of the Rabbi’s now widowed wife can’t comprehend the violence.

“They have killed innocent people, innocent children, and the teacher was only 30-years-old. They didn’t even have time to enjoy life,” said Annette Herskowitz of Fort Lee, who joined religious leaders at the French consulate, where they prayed and signed a book of condolence.

Rabbi Avi Weiss is urging French authorities to act quickly.

“When you don’t apprehend terrorists, that sends a message to other terrorists that they can murder with impunity,” he said.

French investigators believe the attack was just the latest in a string targeting minorities. Authorities say the gun used Monday was same one that killed three soldiers of African and Caribbean descent in the same area of France last week.

In all of these shootings, the gunman escaped on a scooter.

France President Nicolas Sarkozy has said he vows to find the killer.

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  1. TELLIN IT LIKE IT ACTUALLY IS says:

    Go get your white sheets out and take them to the dry cleaners. Spring will be here soon Adolf Himmler.

  2. Moshe says:

    At least some cops got overtime out of this for standing around and doing nothing around some Jewish areas in NYC.

  3. ADOLF HIMMLER says:

    IF YOU ROUND UP ALL THE JEWS AND PLACE THEM IN WORK CAMPS,YOU CAN PROTECT THEM AND KEEP AN EYE ON THEM SO NOBODY MESSES WITH THEM

  4. Ike says:

    See that some comments were deleted. Guess some people just can’t handle the truth.

  5. me says:

    Inside Job to gain Sympathy!

  6. Holder,E. says:

    Faak all those Joose.

  7. TELLIN IT LIKE IT IS says:

    WHY IS IT A FEW JEWS ARE KILLED HALFWAY AROUND THE WORLD BY SOME NUT, AND AUTOMATICALLY ALL OVER THE WORLD BEEFED UP SECURITY FOR JEW PLACES. SOUNDING MORE AND MORE LIKE JEWNITED STATES EVERY DAY.WE ALREADY HAVE JEW YORK.

    1. its good to know says:

      Thats because Jews are one family. When someone threatens your’e familiy you step up security for all family members.
      Can you honestly explain why a tiny percentage of the world irks you soooo much?

  8. Chosen People says:

    The fact is that the Jews are G-d’s chosen people and deserve preferential treatment. The bible says so.

  9. TELLIN IT LIKE IT ACTUALLY IS says:

    ALL YOU HAVE TO DO IS OPEN A HISTORY BOOK AND YOU DON’T HAVE TO LOOK FAR TO SEE THAT THIS IS JUST AN EXAMPLE OF A MASSIVE AMOUNT OF VIOLENCE HAPPENING TO THE JEWISH COMMUNITY. HALF MY FAMILY WAS GASSED AND MY FATHER WAS CLINGING TO LIFE WHEN HE WAS LIBERATED BY THE AMERICANS. THIS HATRED HAS GONE ON FOR YEARS AND YEARS AGAINST THE JEWISH PEOPLE AND THE AFRICAN AMERICAN COMUNITY. WHY? I HAVE NO IDEA? ARE WE KNOWN AS A COMMUNITY FOR BEING VIOLENT TOWARDS OTHERS? NOT AT ALL! DO YOU THINK WE ARE ALL WEALTHY AND STUCK UP? I HAVE HAD NO MONEY BUT IF I DID IT WOULD BE FROM HARD WORK AND NOT A HAND OUT. REMEMBER TELLIN IT LIKE IT IS THAT WE ARE ALL GOD’S CHILDREN AND JESUS WAS A PEACFULL JEW. GO GET SOME EMPATHY!

    1. Brian says:

      You are not a jew. No jew types like that. Fail.

      1. TELLIN IT LIKE IT ACTUALLY IS says:

        Stupid Brian! Maybe you are more educated the me! A true SNOB! You win and I FAIL! Happy now Frat Boy?

    2. John G Head says:

      I think you’re missing the point “Tellin it like it ACTUALLY is”:
      First off, the history of your people have no bearing to many of us here in the U.S.A. Just as the history of every other group has no bearing on YOUR life. Can we be honest about this?
      Do YOU lose sleep every night about the atrocities that have happened SINCE the Holocaust!? I think not. So stop with the obviously biased attitude to “selected” atrocities that have happened in history.
      Do you even KNOW that there are MULTIPLE “Holocausts” going on right now in the world? Can you even name them?
      Please, what the NYPD is doing right now is something they don’t even do when something happens right HERE in other ethnic areas!!!
      To try and even suggest that there is no bias here is a straight up lie on your part, and ironically enough the very essence of why people have a bad attitude toward the Jewish Community.
      And I love how you tried to jump on the African American bandwagon by lumping us in with you. Nice try buddy! But GIANT FAIL!
      A seemingly random crime committed in FRANCE does NOT mean we suddenly give preferential treatment to a group of people HERE! It’s absurd and a waste of valuable resources.

      1. Wow says:

        Well said John G. Especially since telling it like it actually is states untrue “facts.” The Jews aren’t violent towards any other group? Ask a Palestinian about that statement. I have no hatred towards any group of people, but I’m also a realist. Let’s be honest, this IS preferential treatment..

      2. sp says:

        I find it interesting that you feel that way. Why all the hate and jealousy. If this happened at a Mosque, I’m sure the NYPD would beef up security here and for a good reason. They are protection children, that are on their way to get educated. Key word here is CHILDREN innocent ones… What happened in France is tragic and yes, there are crazy people out there that would do a copycat if they could.

    3. End the Madness NOW says:

      We are being dragged into a 5,000 year old war that we have no business being in. Deport all the Jews back to Russia–it’s 3x the size of the U.S. The Jews have no business being in the Middle East.

  10. John G Head says:

    So is the NYPD going to amp up security in Caribbean and African areas since it seems the same killer killed them a couple weeks before?!?!
    It is absolutely disgraceful how blatant our pandering to certain people in our “melting pot” of a society is!

  11. NYCsewer says:

    Jewishs people are special and deserve all the extra services NYC can give them they are the chosen and do not forget that ..

    1. D Parker says:

      May be special to you. but not to the rest of us the tax payers. let us just ship them to their Holy land and let them pay for themselves and finance their own security.
      We borrow the money from China and Spend it on the Israeli trouble them we expect the tax payers to pay the Chinese back. STOP WASTING OUT MONEY ON THE JEWS AND ISRAEL.

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