Jewish group to launch national security patrol to thwart anti-Semitic attacks
In an effort to curb vandalism and thwart terrorism against Jewish targets, the Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs has announced it is forming a network of professionally trained volunteers to provide security at Canadian synagogues and Jewish community centres.
“I’m not looking to train commandos,” said program co-ordinator Doron Horowitz, noting that the program — dubbed the Community Security Network — is meant to complement law enforcement’s efforts. “It’s a neighbourhood watch … we’re not looking for vigilantes.”
Would-be volunteers, who must be between 25 and 50 years old, would undergo a series of background checks and psychological screening “to weed out individuals who have a different agenda or idea of what it means to protect the Jewish community,” said Mr. Horowitz, who is director of national security infrastructure for the Toronto-based Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs.
After an orientation session 25 candidates will be hand-picked to undergo a training regimen of observational skills, counter-surveillance and physical fitness.
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