Anti-Defamation League calls on leaders to prevent violence against religious groups

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Local members of the Anti-Defamation League are encouraging residents to work together to counteract acts of violence against religious groups after a shooting at a synagogue in California Saturday. 

Jill Nadel, of Connecticut’s chapter of the ADL, says members of the organization strongly believe prevention needs to come from leaders. She says the ADL works closely with law enforcement to provide resources and information on terrorism.

“It has to come from the top. The top of every organization, from local school boards and local towns to the president of the United States, to come out and say enough is enough,” Nadel said. “We are not going to tolerate anti-Semitism. We're not going to tolerate any kinds of hate."

Sen. Richard Blumenthal agrees, saying while our administration needs to condemn hate, law enforcement needs to prevent hate.

"Security is an attitude as well as an action,” Blumenthal said. “People need to be on the alert against this rise of white supremacists and other extreme-fringe groups.”

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Police boost security at synagogues after California shooting 

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