Jewish community security funding request rejected ({{commentsTotal}})

The Ministry of the Interior has rejected a request by the Estonian Jewish Center for 40,000 euros to beef up security.

The center submitted a request at the end of January saying synagogues and Jewish schools are a magnet for malicious people around the world.

Boris Oks, the head of the board at the center, said the center does not have the funds to increase security and in the light of the attacks in Paris and Brussels, Oks said he decided to ask the government for 40,000 euros.

The ministry agreed to increase police presence, but stopped short of stationing permanent officers around the school and the synagogue. They have also promised to advise the center on security matters.

Oks said they will petition the local government to limit traffic on the street on which the school and the synagogue are located.

Editor: J.M. Laats



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