The head of the Jewish Federation of San Antonio says security is being beefed up at local Jewish facilities following yesterday’s 'disgusting' attack at a Jewish center in Kansas City Kansas, 1200 WOAI news reports.
But Ronit Sherwin says extremism threatens everybody, not just Jews and other minorities.
"This is an American issue really," she said. "We are concerned that all of our citizens be treated with respect."
A man who is a known white supremacist and is a former leader of the Ku Klux Klan in North Carolina opened fire at two Jewish facilities in Kansas City and Overland Park Kansas on Sunday. Three people were killed, two of whom were not Jewish, but were at the center for the singing competition.
Frazier Glenn Cross, 73, has been charged with a hate crime and could face the death penalty.
As Glenn was being led away by police, he yelled 'Heil Hitler' at onlookers, something Sherwin said is very troubling to everybody, but especially Jews who lost relatives in the Nazi Holocaust.
"Jewish or non Jewish, this is something that everybody is talking about right now," she said. "It is a horrible, disgusting, tragic event."
She said security is always a top priority at the San Antonio Jewish Community Center, as well as at synagogues and other Jewish facilities. She said security is being 'watched especially hard today,' but she said she didn't want to talk about what steps are being taken to increase security.