Ter­ror at­tack a real threat, says Ron­son

The Jewish Chronicle - - News - BY DANA GLOGER

PROP­ERTY EN­TRE­PRE­NEUR and phi­lan­thropist Ger­ald Ron­son has warned that the worst threat cur­rently fac­ing the Jewish com­mu­nity is a large-scale ter­ror­ist at­tack.

Writ­ing in Prop­erty Week mag­a­zine, he said that an­tisemitic in­ci­dents had dou­bled over the past decade, and said that this was “a so­cial in­di­ca­tor for us all”.

“This is an­tisemitism’s uni­ver­sal les­son,” he said. “It starts against Jews but never ends there.”

And he be­lieved that Bri­tish cit­i­zens all faced a ba­sic risk from ter­ror­ism.

Mr Ron­son, chief ex­ec­u­tive of prop- erty firm Heron In­ter­na­tional, and the na­tional chair­man of the Com­mu­nity Se­cu­rity Trust (CST), which he founded, ex­plained that lo­cal Jews were of­ten be­ing at­tacked over events for which they did not bear re­spon­si­bil­ity, such as vi­o­lence in the Mid­dle East.

He said: “Phys­i­cally, the worst threat is that of a large-scale ter­ror­ist at­tack against the Jewish com­mu­nity, or against an Is­raeli-re­lated tar­get in its midst.

“Since 2001, pro al-Qaeda groups around the world have re­peat­edly at­tempted such at­tacks, most of them foiled by po­lice and se­cu­rity ser­vices.”

PHOTO: MICHAEL DON­ALD

Ron­son: height­ened aware­ness

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