Rudd’s ji­hadi warn­ing

The Jewish Chronicle - - FRONT PAGE - BY LEE HARPIN

Home Sec­re­tary Am­ber Rudd is­sued a stark warn­ing on Wed­nes­day about the level of threat fac­ing the UK Jewish com­mu­nity

DAESH STILL POSES a “sig­nif­i­cant threat” to the Jewish com­mu­nity, Home Sec­re­tary Am­ber Rudd has warned.

Speaking at the Com­mu­nity Se­cu­rity Trust’s an­nual din­ner on Wed­nes­day night, Ms Rudd high­lighted a video from the ter­ror group posted on so­cial me­dia this week which iden­ti­fied Jews as tar­gets.

She re­it­er­ated a warn­ing made by ter­ror ex­perts last week­end that Bri­tain faces a threat not seen since the IRA bomb­ing cam­paign of the 1970s.

Prais­ing the work of the CST as a “val­ued and trusted part­ner” she pledged the gov­ern­ment would “strive to build a Bri­tain that Jews are proud to call home”.

Speaking to an au­di­ence of 1,000 din­ers in cen­tral Lon­don, Ms Rudd warned: “The most sig­nif­i­cant threat to the UK and our in­ter­ests comes from Daesh.

“We’ve seen ter­ror­ists tar­get Jews specif­i­cally in re­cent years in­clud­ing in Paris, Brus­sels, Toulouse and Copen­hagen.

“Just last month a 16-year-old girl was charged with ter­ror­ism of­fences in Den­mark af­ter she was caught plan­ning to blow up a Jewish school.

“And Daesh lit­er­a­ture con­tin­ues to iden­tify the Jewish com­mu­nity as a ‘de­sir­able and le­git­i­mate’ tar­get.”

Ms Rudd also used her speech to recom­mit the gov­ern­ment to £13.4 mil­lion of fund­ing for CST through the Jewish Com­mu­nity Pro­tec­tive Grant for 2017-18.

The money will be used for se­cu­rity guards at schools, syn­a­gogues and com­mu­nity sites.

In a fur­ther pledge to the com­mu­nity she ad­dressed the rise in an­ti­semitic at­tacks dur­ing the past year, and re­vealed the gov­ern­ment was work­ing to tackle the grow­ing prob­lem of Jew-hate be­ing cir­cu­lated on so­cial me­dia.

She added: “It can’t be right that when you type Gena Turgel’s name into search en­gines, in­stead of her story of sur­viv­ing the Holo­caust, you can bring up Holo­caust de­nial sites.”

Ger­ald Ron­son, CST chair­man, warned that Brexit, the elec­tion of Pres­i­dent Trump in Amer­ica, and an in­creas­ingly frag­ile Europe showed the world was “shift­ing un­der our feet”.

Mr Ron­son added: “None of this is go­ing to be good news for Jews.”

He also said the fight against Je­wha­tred “must never be­come a party po­lit­i­cal is­sue”, in­sist­ing CST still had “many friends in the Labour Party”.

Guests saw a two-minute pre-recorded film from Theresa May in which she pledged the gov­ern­ment’s on­go­ing sup­port for the com­mu­nity.

David Delew, CST chief ex­ec­u­tive, said: “CST thanks the Home Sec­re­tary and the gov­ern­ment for their strong ef­forts to help com­bat ter­ror­ism and an­ti­semitism, epit­o­mised by the con­tin­ued fund­ing for se­cu­rity guards at Jewish schools, but also shown in a range of other mea­sures, in­clud­ing the adop­tion and pro­mo­tion of the IHRA def­i­ni­tion of an­ti­semitism.

“CST also deeply ap­pre­ci­ates the pres­ence of many se­nior po­lice of­fi­cers and nu­mer­ous Labour, Lib­eral and SNP MPs at our din­ner, be­cause op­po­si­tion to an­ti­semitism must con­tinue to be cross-party and across so­ci­ety.”

Cres­sida Dick, the newly-ap­pointed Metropoli­tan Po­lice Com­mis­sioner, was among the guests at the event, as were Tom Wat­son, Labour’s deputy leader; Tim Far­ron, Lib­eral Demo­crat leader; and Ali­son Saun­ders, Di­rec­tor of Pub­lic Pros­e­cu­tions.

PHOTO: JOHN RIFKIN

PHOTO: JOHN RIFKIN

Am­ber Rudd, Lloyd Dorf­man and Ger­ald Ron­son at the CST din­ner

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