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Gillibrand says more funding for security needed amid antisemetic threats

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In light of increasing threats against Jewish and Muslim communities in the U.S., particularly during the Israel-Hamas conflict, New York Senator Kirsten Gillibrand is urging Congress to bolster security measures for synagogues and related institutions.


Gillibrand has proposed an additional $500 million in funding for the 2023-2024 fiscal year, designated for FEMA’s Nonprofit Security Grant Program (NSGP).

The NSGP aims to assist at-risk nonprofit institutions, including houses of worship, in enhancing their physical security. Gillibrand detailed that the program’s funding would be used for endeavors such as “installing cameras or gates, hiring security guards and other measures.” Additionally, the NSGP offers guidance to these establishments on emergency preparedness.

A report indicated that antisemitic crimes in America witnessed a surge of over 37% in 2022.