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Local Jewish Organizations Tighten Security

Terror plot in Chicago has Jewish organizations in Los Angeles on high alert

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    After the discovery of explosives intended for international delivery to synagogues in Chicago, Rabbi Marvin Hier, founder of the Simon Wiesenthal Center observes that every new terror attempt points out areas where security should be enhanced.

    "We've always looked at packages, but now we're going to be extra careful about packages, including packages that you think you know who the sender is," says Rabbi Marvin Hier, founder of the Simon Wiesenthal Center.

    Local Jewish Organizations Tighten Security

    [LA] Local Jewish Organizations Tighten Security
    Security is increased at the Simon Wiesenthal Center and several other Jewish organizations and synagogues after two suspicious packages with explosives were mailed to synagogues in Chicago. (Published Friday, Oct. 29, 2010)

    Rabbi Hier sees significance in the report that the original Intel in this case came from Saudi Arabia.

    "We deserve to commend them. It's a very good sign that they are cooperating with the United States," says Rabbi Marvin Hier, founder of the Simon Wiesenthal Center.

    It's significant the revelation comes on the day when the Jewish Sabbath begins at sundown.

    It's also the day TSA is fully implementing new airport screening procedures, enhanced pat down, in responses to a previous terror attempt on a flight to Detroit last Christmas when Umar Farouk AbdulMutallab hid explosives in his underwear.

    That incident, and the newly discovered parcels with explosives, have both been linked to the same terror organization, Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula.

    "I think the point here is that the governments of Dubai and the United Kingdom moved very rapidly, and that's good news," says Senator Dianne Feinstein, Chair of the Senate Intelligence Committee. "It may well indicate that we are achieving a much more seamless transitioning of intelligence from one place to another, which I think in terms of protecting the homeland is the way to go."