A leading group that fights anti-Semitism sent out a security alert last week to Jewish community organizations across the country warning there was "increased potential" for violent attacks against their centers.
The St. Louis regional director of the Anti-Defamation League,
Karen Aroesty, disclosed that the warning was issued before the three killings in Kansas.
She said the message noted that April includes Monday's Passover holiday and Hitler's birthday on the 20th, historically dates marked by extremist acts of violence and terrorism, including the standoff at the Branch Davidian compound in Waco, Texas, and the Oklahoma City bombing.
"ADL is not aware of any additional threat to Jewish institutions at this time," she said. "Nevertheless, it is appropriate for Jewish institutions to make sure that all of their security measures are in place and in good working order."
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio has announced that the city police department is taking all appropriate steps to secure the city's Jewish institutions in the wake of the Kansas shootings.
"The NYPD is taking all steps to ensure the safety and security of Jewish individuals and institutions as Passover is being ushered in," de Blasio said in a statement.
"On behalf of New York City, we'd like to offer condolences as well as our thoughts and prayers to the victims of the tragic incident this afternoon in the greater Kansas City area, as well as their families and the entire Jewish community."
The New York Observer
reported New York's other top executive, Gov. Andrew Cuomo, also offered his condolences.
"Our thoughts and prayers go out to the victims of the shootings that took place earlier today at the Jewish Community Center of Greater Kansas City and Village Shalom," Cuomo said. "On the eve of Passover, New Yorkers stand in solidarity with the Jewish community in Kansas City, mourning those who were lost and wishing a speedy recovery to those who were injured as a result of today's tragic events."
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