Basel to provide security guards for Jewish community
The canton of Basel City has agreed to pay for private armed security guards to watch over synagogues and other Jewish institutions.
The cantonal parliament approved the move, expected to cost around CHF 750,000 a year, as a relief for the Jewish community which has been paying for extra security itself.
The Swiss Federation of Jewish Communities says the number of anti-Semitic incidents is up by a third over the past year. Some of those are violent attacks – including on a Rabbi.
The new guards don’t have to be Jewish, but they should learn Hebrew and Jewish traditions.