Shuls step up se­cu­rity de­spite CST as­sur­ances

The Jewish Chronicle - - NEWS - BY JOSH JACKMAN

SE­CU­RITY WAS height­ened at sy­n­a­gogues over Shab­bat, even though the Com­mu­nity Se­cu­rity Trust said there was no spe­cific in­tel­li­gence con­cern­ing po­ten­tial at­tacks in Bri­tain.

Even so, it had “in­creased its guard­ing lev­els at sy­n­a­gogues this Shab­bat and we will con­tinue to re­view our se­cu­rity in the com­ing days”.

A spokesman said it was in “close con­tact with the po­lice and gov­ern­ment to dis­cuss the im­pli­ca­tions of the at­tacks for UK Jewish se­cu­rity”, and called on communal venues to “en­sure ex­ist­ing se­cu­rity pro­ce­dures are rig­or­ously en­forced”.

The Zion­ist Youth Coun­cil (ZYC), a body rep­re­sent­ing Jewish youth move­ments across the re­li­gious spec­trum, held a vigil for Paris vic­tims on Mon­day night at the JW3 com­mu­nity cen­tre in north Lon­don. Around 30 peo­ple at­tended.

Amos Schon­field, head of Ma­sorti group Noam and co-chair of the ZYC, said: “We be­lieve that this mo­ment tran­scends our ide­o­log­i­cal dif­fer­ences as move­ments as we mourn the loss of life and stand to­gether with the peo­ple of Paris.”

Speak­ing at a Board of Deputies ple­nary on Sun­day, pres­i­dent Jonathan Arkush urged the EU to con­cen­trate on fight­ing ter­ror­ism in­stead of is­su­ing guide­lines on the la­belling of prod­ucts from Is­raeli set­tle­ments.

And he pledged that “no act of terror will al­ter our way of life and de­ter­mi­na­tion to main­tain the lib­eral, fair, free en­joy­ment of life that we hold dear”.

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