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Are US Taxpayers Subsidizing Synagogues?

December 19, 2019

Almog Peretz, left, wounded during a shooting at a suburban San Diego synagogue in April is suing  Chabad of Poway.  Peretz says that the synagogue did not have proper security despite a rise in anti-Semitic attacks nationally and that it did not use a $150,000 grant to upgrade security. In their defence,
Chabad said, "The grant we were approved for did not cover security guards."

Are these grants another way ZOG USA favors the Chosen? 

"Chabad of Poway received $150,000 from the government in March because the synagogue "believed that it was at risk of an anti-Semitic attack on its congregants," according to the suit. But on the day of the attack, court documents show, the building's doors were unlocked and no guards, gates or other security measures were in place.

The lawsuit references a 2014 ruling in which the California branch of the Hasidic Jewish movement Chabad-Lubavitch was found to have misused federal funds meant for security upgrades and was forced to pay $844,985 to the government in damages and returned funds."

Credit - Adam Green alerted me to this story during his broadcast Tuesday.

by Henry Makow PhD

In 2014, the Jewish Daily Forward reported that the Department of Homeland Security allocated to Jewish institutions $12 million, or 94 percent, of $13 million in funds for securing nonprofits. The $13 million disbursed last week brings to $151 million the amount disbursed since the program started in 2005, most of it to Jewish institutions.

Jews receive 94% of grants despite the fact that in the last 50 years, over a hundred black churches have been firebombed. Not one US synagogue has been burned down. 

"In response, in 1995, President Bill Clinton also set up a church-arson investigative task force, and in 1996, Congress passed a law increasing the sentences for arsonists who target religious organizations, particularly for reasons of race or ethnicity. Between 1995 and 1999, Clinton's task force reported that it opened 827 investigations into burnings and bombings at houses of worship; it was later disbanded."

In 2015, nine African Americans (including the senior pastor, state senator Clementa C. Pinckney) were murdered by Dylann Roof, left, during a Bible study at the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church. Three victims survived. This church is one of the oldest black churches in the United States, and it has long been a center for organizing related to civil rights.

There have been two shootings at US synagogues, Poway and Pittsburg. The Tree of Life - Or L'Simcha Congregation[a] in the Squirrel Hill neighborhoods of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The congregation was attacked during Shabbat morning services. The shooter killed eleven people and wounded six. It was the deadliest attack on the Jewish community in the United States.

As political tensions increase, it's inevitable that churches and synagogues will become targets of fanatics. The question is, should these institutions pay for their own security? And if the government does, shouldn't it be more equitable? 

Scruples - the game of moral dillemas

Comments for "Are US Taxpayers Subsidizing Synagogues?"

Kevin said (December 20, 2019):

Regarding the security for places of worship,
I do believe the people that occupy it and attend should be the ones deciding what they need or want. The gov. Already has their hand in too much in our lives. I would be more scared if I knew the gov. Had ANY part of “security” at my church.

Henry Makow received his Ph.D. in English Literature from the University of Toronto in 1982. He welcomes your comments at