Synagogues told ‘be on guard’ after the hostage siege in Texas; Toronto police increase patrols – Canada News

Synagogues are asked to be vigilant ‘

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Jewish community leaders are advising Canadian synagogues to increase their vigilance in the event of a “copycat” attack following a hostage-taking at a Texas synagogue this weekend.

Toronto police have also stepped up patrols around synagogues and other Jewish community buildings, though they have said there is no known threat at this time.

B’nai Brith, who monitors anti-Semitism and advises the Jewish community on security, says it has advised Jewish institutions to take extra security measures.

Michael Mostyn, CEO of B’nai Brith Canada, says it takes the possibility of copied violence seriously and notes that Jews make up just over 1 percent of Canada’s population but are victims of 60% of hate crimes against religious minorities.

Canadian Jewish community leaders spoke at the weekend with Secretary of Public Safety Marco Mendicino about security after the hostage-taking in Texas.

The day-long siege of the Texas synagogue ended Saturday night when the FBI stormed the temple and shot the hostage-taker.

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