Nathan Diament in The Forward: We know what works in protecting synagogues. Now Congress needs to fund it

Posted on February 16, 2022 In Op-eds

By Nathan Diament

Antisemitic incidents in America have been on the rise in recent years, and 2022 is already off to a terrible start: a gunman took four people hostage inside a Texas synagogue, Jews have been physically attacked in the streets of Brooklyn, and several synagogues and other Jewish organizations across the country have received bomb threats.

In the face of this tidal wave of antisemitic hate, Congress and the Biden administration can — and must — respond with concrete steps that protect the Jewish community. This must include aggressively pressuring social media platforms to proactively thwart antisemites and promoting education that advances understanding of antisemitism.

Much of this can be addressed within the framework of the omnibus appropriations bill being negotiated right now with an eye toward passage in March — most importantly, dramatically increasing funding for the Department of Homeland Security’s Nonprofit Security Grant Program.

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Source: Forward