US anti-Semitism czar: Armed guards should protect every synagogue, JCC
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US anti-Semitism czar: Armed guards should protect every synagogue, JCC

’We live in a time of danger,’ says Elan Carr, calling for ’a joint bipartisan fight’ against hatred of Jews

Elan Carr, the US envoy against anti-Semitism, and his EU counterpart Katharinas von Schnurbein at a summit meeting in Bucharest, Romania, on June 17, 2019. (Cnaan Liphshiz via JTA)
Elan Carr, the US envoy against anti-Semitism, and his EU counterpart Katharinas von Schnurbein at a summit meeting in Bucharest, Romania, on June 17, 2019. (Cnaan Liphshiz via JTA)

JTA — Armed guards should be posted at every synagogue and Jewish community center across the United States, the country’s anti-Semitism envoy said Wednesday.

“We live in a time of danger,” Elan Carr said during an interview Wednesday at the Global Coalition 4 Israel Conference in Jerusalem. “Any synagogue, every JCC, should have guards. God willing, may they never be needed, but they should be there.”

Carr, 50, a Hebrew-speaking former Los Angeles prosecutor and a US Army veteran who served in Iraq, was appointed in February to be the State Department’s envoy for anti-Semitism, filling a post that sat empty for two years despite protests from lawmakers and Jewish groups. The position, most recently held by Ira Forman under former president Barack Obama, has existed since 2004.

Carr told the audience that US President Donald Trump is fully committed to fighting anti-Semitism in the US and around the world, according to the Jerusalem Post.

A San Diego county sheriff’s deputy stands in front of the Poway Chabad Synagogue in Poway, California, April 28, 2019, after a shooting. (AP /Denis Poroy)

“The rhetoric of the president couldn’t be clearer. Every time the president speaks on this issue, he calls it [anti-Semitism] a vile poison that must be rooted out,” Carr said. He added that Trump has explicitly stated that “if you go after the Jews, we’re coming after you.”

He said the battle against anti-Semitism must be “a joint bipartisan fight.”

“All decent people – Jewish and not Jewish – need to do it together. I don’t care what ideological clothing it wears, Jew hatred is Jew hatred, we need to fight it and oppose it and that’s got to be the message,” he said.

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