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Jews in California meet with gun makers in light of rising anti-Semitism

By Mason White 4:09 PM February 10, 2013
Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles 

By: David Ross
(Scroll down for video) Jewish people in Los Angeles, California, have seen a huge increase in anti-Semitic incidents. Hate crimes have become a growing problem in Los Angeles.

According to the director of community security, Jason Periard,Los Angeles, has by far the most hate crimes as 70 percent of those crimes happen in Los Angeles County, and most of the crime is geared towards the Jewish community.

In light of all the anti-Semitic incidents, many Jewish organizations feel forced to protect its members.

The Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles, held its first Safety Fair, to put the Jewish leaders in touch with security providers, including those providing weapons and surveillance equipment.

Robert Rothman, the Director of Law Enforcement Relations for the Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles, said that security measures can also help in case of natural disasters and acts of terrorism.

According to reports the FBI confirmed that California, has more hate crimes than any other state.

There are 662,000 Jews living in Los Angeles, according to the World Jewish Congress. Although there are three times the amount of Jews living in New York, there has been less than half the number of hate crimes in New York, compared to California.

“The greatest threat of all to any law enforcement officer, I say, is a lone wolf,” Periard said.

One lone gunman who opened fire inside the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum in 2009, killing a guard, was an 88-year-old white supremacist.

Sadly, Jews around the world may always be at risk, but facing reality and being prepared can save Jewish lives.

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