New York police tighten security at Jewish sites (REUTERS) Reporting By Barbara Goldberg; Editing by Paul Thomasch; Desking by Cynthia Osterman NEW YORK 03/19/12 6:29pm EDT)
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(Reuters) - New York police ramped up security at synagogues and
other Jewish institutions on Monday following the deadly attack on a
Jewish school in Toulouse, France.
Police Commissioner Ray Kelly said tightened surveillance and
increased patrols at more than 40 locations citywide came in response
to the Toulouse attack and not in response to a specific threat
against New York City.
"We know that we´re the top of the terrorist target list, so we´re
concerned about the so-called copy-cat syndrome where someone might
see the events unfolding in Toulouse and take it upon themselves to
act out," Kelly told reporters.
He said the additional coverage includes some undercover
officers "but it´s largely increased uniformed presence at houses of
worship and other locations."
A gunman on a motorbike shot dead three children and a teacher at a
Jewish school in Toulouse on Monday, just days after apparently
killing three soldiers nearby.
New York City, home to more than 1.4 million Jews, has the largest
Jewish population of any metropolitan area outside of Israel, said
Levi Fishman, spokesman UJA-Federation of New York.
Following attacks abroad, the department typically reinforces
security at corresponding targeted locations in New York such as
hotels or the mass transit system. (© Thomson Reuters 2012. 03/19/12)
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