Airport security in Israel - David Bachar
Security staff questioning Israeli Arab passengers at Ben-Gurion Airport. Photo by David Bachar
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WASHINGTON - U.S. President Barack Obama's announcement of the killing of Osama bin Laden brought tens of thousands into the streets, but also raised fears of retaliatory attacks by radical Islamists.

Security has been increased at Jewish institutions across the United States, and the police are more closely monitoring American mosques.

The U.S. administration told Israel's ambassador to Washington, Michael Oren, about the killing before Obama made his statement to the press. But not all Americans felt at ease with the spontaneous street celebrations after the Al-Qaida leader's death. "These images of celebrations must look pretty ugly to the world," said one C-Span viewer. "It could bring about another attack."

In Israel, the Israel Airports Authority increased the alert level at the country's airports and border crossings, and security has been heightened around the offices of Israeli airlines abroad such as El Al, Arkia and Israir. The Airports Authority told Haaretz the measures addressed current security needs.

 

Zohar Blumenkrantz contributed reporting.