update desk

Carr calls for armed guards at synagogues, other Jewish institutions

“We live in a time of danger,” said U.S. Special Envoy to Monitor and Combat Anti-Semitism Elan Carr. “Any synagogue, every JCC should have guards. May they never be needed, but they should be there.”

U.S. Special Envoy to Monitor and Combat Anti-Semitism Elan Carr speaks at the Kyiv Jewish Forum in Ukraine. Credit: Kyiv Jewish Forum.
U.S. Special Envoy to Monitor and Combat Anti-Semitism Elan Carr speaks at the Kyiv Jewish Forum in Ukraine. Credit: Kyiv Jewish Forum.

U.S. Special Envoy to Monitor and Combat Anti-Semitism Elan Carr said on Wednesday that Jewish institutions, including synagogues, should have armed security.

“We live in a time of danger,” Carr told Jerusalem Post editor-in-chief Yaakov Katz in an interview at the Global Coalition 4 Israel Conference. “Any synagogue, every JCC should have guards. God willing, may they never be needed, but they should be there.”

Carr, 50, emphasized U.S. President Donald Trump’s commitment to fighting anti-Semitism.

“The rhetoric of the president couldn’t be clearer. Every time the president speaks on this issue, he calls it [anti-Semitism] a vile poison that must be rooted out,” said Carr.

He also remarked that the president has clearly said that “if you go after the Jews, we’re coming after you.”

However, the special envoy said that the fight against Jew-hatred must be “a joint bipartisan fight.”

“All decent people—Jewish and not Jewish—need to do it together,” he said. “I don’t care what ideological clothing it wears, Jew-hatred is Jew-hatred; we need to fight it and oppose it, and that’s got to be the message.”

Also on Wednesday, the Senate Homeland Security & Governmental Affairs Committee approved bipartisan legislation to allocate $75 million annually between 2020 and 2024 for the Department of Homeland Security’s Nonprofit Security Grant Program, which provides grants to nonprofits and faith-based organizations to help secure their facilities against a potential terrorist attack.

Of the $75 million total, $50 million will be available for nonprofits located within high-risk urban areas, and the remaining $25 million will be available for organizations that fall outside of those areas.

You have read 3 articles this month.
Register to receive full access to JNS.

Just before you scroll on...

Israel is at war.

JNS is combating the stream of misinformation on Israel with real, honest and factual reporting. In order to deliver this in-depth, unbiased coverage of Israel and the Jewish world, we rely on readers like you.

The support you provide allows our journalists to deliver the truth, free from bias and hidden agendas. Can we count on your support?

Every contribution, big or small, helps JNS.org remain a trusted source of news you can rely on.

Become a part of our mission by donating today
Topics
Comments
Thank you. You are a loyal JNS Reader.
You have read more than 10 articles this month.
Please register for full access to continue reading and post comments.
Never miss a thing
Get the best stories faster with JNS breaking news updates