The World Jewish Congress’ Global Security Department began operating on April 1, 2015 to respond to the increasing levels of violence, hateful rhetoric and pervasive atmosphere of antisemitism that threatens a growing number of countries throughout the world. The Department was created to assess threats to individual Jewish communities, enhance the physical infrastructure of communal institutions and train corps of local volunteers to organize and respond effectively to a myriad of crises.
Since its founding, the department has grown to have operational presence in Israel, Argentina, New York, Croatia and Moldova.
The activities of the Security Department, in cooperation with the WJC’s affiliated Jewish communities, create a significant and unprecedented change in the way communities perceive their responsibility as well as their capabilities to significantly upgrade their security.
DEPARTMENT GOALS AND OBJECTIVES
The department’s goalis to respond effectively to the rising security threats faced by the Jewish communities in their countries. Its objectives are to assess the global and unique threats of Jewish communities and to lead targeted, result driven actions against these threats by using all available tools of the World Jewish Congress (1), specifically liaise with the local authorities, police and security forces in order to address these threats appropriately through Political Advocacy (2), enhance the physical infrastructure of communal institutions (3) and to train corps of local volunteers to organize and respond effectively to a myriad of crises, raising their level of preparedness (4).
The Security Department has adopted a holistic approach to these objectives and encourages the communities and different levels of authorities to incorporate all relevant and necessary aspects of security. The Security Department’s activities, together with its partners, create a significant and unprecedented change in the way communities perceive their responsibility as well as significantly upgrade their capability and the level of their security.