European Jewish institutions ‘bankrupted’ by security costs

Jewish communities in Europe are “being bankrupted” by the need to provide security for their institutions, the US special envoy on anti-Semitism says.

“Every Jewish community in Western Europe certainly needs security support,” says Ira Forman, the State Department’s special envoy to monitor and combat anti-Semitism, the French news agency AFP reports. “Many of them are being bankrupted by the money they have to spend to protect their institutions.

“If current trends continue, and they’re not good… we have to worry about small Jewish communities in Europe and their very viability.”