Jersey City, N.J., mayor labels attack an anti-Semitic hate crime
Fox News’ Bryan Llenas reports from Jersey City.
This week's fatal shooting spree at a kosher supermarket in New Jersey underscores the array of threats facing Jewish Americans, community leaders say, as well as the importance of training to cope with unexpected dangers in everyday situations.
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The shooting left six people dead, including the two attackers and a detective.
It's a "reminder to the community, although we don’t need one, that whether someone is inside in a synagogue, at a Jewish summer camp, or shopping at a kosher supermarket, we are a community that faces a complex and dynamic threat environment,” Michael Masters, CEO and national director of the Secure Community Network, told FOX Business.
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Secure Community Network is the homeland security and safety organ that works on behalf of the Jewish Federations of America and other Jewish organizations. A nonprofit headquartered in Chicago, it serves as the official liaison between federal law enforcement and the Jewish community and has offices throughout the country.
“Threats range from violent white supremacist extremists to violent Islamic extremists and, as we saw this week, black Hebrew Israelite members, as well as everyday criminals,” he said. “We have to be prepared for and protected against all of those diverse threats.”
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On Tuesday, David Anderson, 47, and Francine Graham, 50, fatally shot Jersey City police Detective Joseph Seals, then drove a rental van to the area of JC Kosher Supermarket in Jersey City, where Anderson climbed from the driver’s seat and immediately opened fire, with Graham following behind him.