Attacks on Jewish Places Discussed

New York Police Commissioner Robert McGuire said today that attacks against Jewish synagogues and other Jewish establishments in the city as well as crimes committed against Jews here do not have an “anti-Semitic pattern” to them. “These are sporadic, isolated anti-Semitic” incidents, McGuire told a luncheon meeting with members of the New York Jewish press at police headquarters.

McGuire also said, in response to a question, that the police department does not see at the present any “formal evidence of a Ku Klux Klan revival in the city.” As for increased safety and protection in Jewish and other neighborhoods in the city, the Commissioner conceded that the police lack personnel to respond adequately to the needs. He called for “active civic involvement” by members of the Jewish community to help protect their neighborhoods and houses of worship. “We’ve got to get more citizens involved” in these communal activities, he said.

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