CST highlights its help to Danes
THE COMMUNITY Security Trust’s support to Danish Jewry in the aftermath of the terrorist attack on Copenhagen’s Great Synagogue in February was highlighted at the CST’s northern dinner in Manchester on Monday.
Northern regional director Amanda Bomsztyk briefed the 250 guests on the attack, in which local security volunteer Dan Uzan was murdered.
She also introduced an emotive film made by the CST’s Danish counterparts, featuring CCTV footage shot before, during and after the attack.
Then a Denmark Jewish leader, Jonathan Fischer, addressed diners, saying: “We need a partnership between the authorities and the Jewish community in a crisis because neither of us can do it on our own.
“I want to extend special thanks to CST and to David Delew and Amanda Bomsztyk who flew in immediately [after the attack]. They showed we are not just a Jewish community in Copenhagen but are part of a large Jewish community throughout the world. It meant the world to us.”
Other speakers included Greater Manchester Police Chief Constable Ian Hopkins and Assistant Chief Constable Garry Shewan.
“I have a really good relationship with CST in Greater Manchester, ” Mr Hopkins said. “I’m proud of the work we do together and you have my word that we will continue to work together in tackling hate crime and preventing terrorism.”
CST Manchester chairman Mike Edelson warned: “The threat has never been so widespread, so immediate and so unpredictable.
“That’s why everything is much worse today: and that’s why CST has to keep on raising its game.”
‘The threat has never been so widespread’
Iain Duncan Smith with tenant Bert Tendler