Ter­ror in­evitable, UK ex­perts warn

The Jewish Chronicle - - News - BY MAR­CUS DYSCH

THE THREAT posed by in­ter­na­tional terrorism re­mains as great as ever, ac­cord­ing to ex­perts at a four-day seminar mark­ing the 10th an­niver­sary of the Septem­ber 11 at­tacks in the United States.

The Lon­don Jewish Cul­tural Cen­tre’s 2020 Vi­sion event fea­tured ses­sions on the gov­ern­ment’s Pre­vent coun­tert­er­ror strat­egy, Al-Qaeda and the death of Osama Bin Laden.

Trudy Gold, LJCC chief ex­ec­u­tive, said the pro­gramme was aimed at mak­ing Bri­tish Jews think more about the world around them.

Pan­el­lists dis­cussing the in­evitabil­ity of ter­ror at a session on Mon­day painted a wor­ry­ing pic­ture for the fu­ture.

Au­thor and his­to­rian Christo­pher Andrew warned that the 21st cen­tury would wit­ness new tyrants, but said they would be “pushed to the edges in transna­tional groups and rogue states” rather than be­ing heads of ma­jor states – such as Hitler was in Ger­many.

Prof Andrew, of­fi­cial his­to­rian of MI5, said: “The idea that weapons of mass de­struc­tion will be the first in­ven­tion in hu­man his­tory not to pro­lif­er­ate is crazy.

“All ter­ror­ists are con­spir­acy the­o­rists and what is their main con­spir­acy? The Pro­to­cols of the El­ders of Zion. When we ed­u­cate these peo­ple, their views de­cline.”

The Com­mu­nity Se­cu­rity Trust’s Michael Whine said: “The world sit­u­a­tion pro­vides a model for con­tin­ued terrorism. Weak states will con­tinue to pro­vide safe havens for ter­ror­ists.”

Ms Gold said last week’s ri­ot­ing — which af­fected ar­eas in­clud­ing Cam­den Town and Brent Cross — was an ex­am­ple of how mem­bers of the Jewish com­mu­nity could be caught un­aware by events around them.

She said: “The com­mu­nity fo­cuses on Is­rael, but if you choose to live in north west Lon­don and be part of the Jewish com­mu­nity, you are tak­ing a de­ci­sion. Many in that com­mu­nity have no real con­nec­tion with those out­side it.

“The ri­ots will make peo­ple more scared. Where does mul­ti­cul­tur­al­ism stand af­ter this?”

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