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In the synagogue by face detection

A plain house in a Zurich residential district. The gray facade belies the fact that what is behind it: a small synagogue. Inlet in the house of God is only who is going through a modern security checkpoint. A face recognition system and a fingerprint Scanner to prevent recently, to the inlet of unknown persons.

In a Blog from the community, was for a short time online, it is called: Unfortunately, haven't been found, that the number lock is sufficient for today's demands. "We had to increasingly establish that unauthorized persons know the Code for the minyan, even if this is regularly changed." The minyan is a Jewish prayer community, which is formed from at least ten persons.

Currently in the test phase. The minyan have invested a lot of money and work in safety, writes the Executive Board in the Blog. "At the same time we are trying to have the Whole thing, so to hand that we can't be "well dug in" fu?miss." The face detection is to grant the prayer at the same time, security and constant access – both the new System allows.

Other synagogues had been transferred to the outside of the prayer times the doors to be closed. "We don't want that. Our minyan is to remain an open space for all who want to use it during the day or at night, to Learn, to Pray, or for other activities." For the security system, a four-digit amount was paid.

security services

for More Jewish communities are investing in security: In a Hasidic community in Zurich are currently invested several hundred thousand francs in safety, such as the TA know from a safe source. In the open about it, hardly anyone wants to talk. You don't want to give his security detail the price. It is, however, rather to a renovation-related investment in the security.

Visible security in Baden is: the synagogue of The Jewish community is currently fenced. Larger municipalities, such as the Israelite cultural community of Zurich (ICZ) already have their own security services. The staff is recruited mainly from the own community, a few security forces come from abroad, from Israel.

The means of the Jewish communities to invest in Zurich alone, amount annually to about two millions of francs. In Switzerland it is estimated that around seven million – investment for the protection of schools, kindergartens, synagogues, libraries, or kosher Restaurants. There is hardly a public Jewish building, without the security check. The invested money is missing elsewhere: in education about or for the organization of Solid. For the investment in their own security, the Jewish communities received not a cent from the public sector. In contrast to France, Italy or Germany, where the support of vulnerable minorities has been for years a matter of course.

Mario Fehr surprised

Now a breakthrough, but also in Switzerland. The Zürcher Regierungsrat Mario Fehr (SP), known to mention explosive news also casually announced at the end of January on the Radio that the Canton is at the cost of safety of religious minorities wool involved. "We want to double the amount given to the Canton of Zurich," said the Director of Security at Radio 1. Prior to that, he informed neither councillor colleagues to the Jewish communities. He didn't have to. For amounts of up to one Million Swiss francs, a single Cabinet may determine alone.

Fehr took advantage of the favor of the hour and responded to a decree of the Federal Council by the end of January. Endangered minorities in Switzerland every year, with up to 500,000 francs. What is the Interview according to Fehrs something went down – he supplemented his testimony with a proposal: The city of Zurich should bear some of the costs that fall on the Canton, for half.

The Jewish community is relieved: "It reassures us that the Federal government has realized that we are a threatened minority, and protective measures need," says Sheila Kertész, President of the Israelite Cultus-congregation of Zurich. Positive is, for Kertész, too, that councillor Mario Fehr was willing to support the Jewish community. "We are also hoping for a contribution from the city."

pressure on city grows

With this wish, she is not alone. The Zurich politician from the left to the right are of the opinion that the city should bear responsibility. "The Jewish community has a long Tradition in Zurich, and is a self-evident part of our diversity," says AL-Council Andreas Kirstein. He did not consider a financial contribution from the city than is absolutely necessary, especially now, the necessary legal basis for support has been created. Also in cantonal politics, a certain expectation exists: "Virtually all Jewish institutions in the city," says a certain day, Sonja Rueff-Frenkel (FDP). "Therefore, I would find participation desirable."

Councilwoman Karin Rykart (Green) device under pressure. The security head was so far covered, whether you want to support the Jewish community financially. Your predecessor, Richard Wolff (AL), who has Jewish roots, had pronounced it clear on several occasions for support. TA-request Rykart is more cautious: The city Council wanted to wait, whether the Federal regulation come as a result of the consultation, is the response from the security Department. This ends at 7. May.

live with the hate

The safety-related upgrade is the result of a growing threat. This year, the anti-Semitism report documented the Frightening, to the believers the Jews almost got used to: verbal abuse on the road up to the assault, swastikas in the Jewish home for the aged, gesprayte branding on the garage door: "Here is a Jew lives."

Online, the number of abuse has risen sharply again – a Shitstorm, which is stronger every year. "We learn from an early age to live with such threats," says a Hasidic Jew in conversation with the TA. An unwritten rule sounds: if possible, never alone but in groups on the street. Other: Go home, as soon as it gets dark.


Created: 22.04.2019, 20:33 PM

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