Shuls step up security despite CST assurances
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”.