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Anti-Semitic thugs attacking worshipers in a synagogue in the Stamford Hill neighborhood in London in the very early hours of Sunday, March 22, 2015.

A gang of around 20 young men in the Stamford Hill section of London stormed a synagogue in the neighborhood late Saturday night. The gang yelled obscenities and threats, beat worshipers and vandalized property according to IsraelHatzolah’s official Twitter account.

British police told media in a curt statement they were treating the incident as an anti-Semitic incident due to “a remark” made by one of a group of drunken men who tried to break into the synagogue after leaving a nearby party just after 1 am local time. Six were arrested, police confirmed, on charges of assault and disturbing public order.

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The police statement hardly describes the siege that was underway before help arrived.

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One member of the Ahavat Torah congregation who witnessed the attack said the mob shouted “We will kill you!” He also said they physically assaulted the worshipers inside the synagogue and tore apart prayer books.

One Jewish man was beaten about the face and had a tooth knocked out after he tried to apprehend one of the attackers on his own and haul him off to police, having spotted the scene while passing by.

Police said they have increased patrols in the area to provide reassurance to the community – but if so, none were around when this attack took place.

A new Campaign Against Anti-Semitism hotline is about to be launched in response to the sharp rise in anti-Semitic incidents in Britain over the past two years. Prime Minister David Cameron was the keynote speaker at the annual dinner for the nation’s Community Security Trust (CST) last week. The organization monitors anti-Semitic activity in the country. In his speech, Cameron announced a series of financial measures totaling more than 11 million British pounds Sterling to support Jewish community security across the country.

“At a time when once again the Jewish communities of Europe feel vulnerable and when anti-Semitism is at record levels here in Britain I will not stand idly by,” Cameron vowed. “I will not turn a blind eye to the threats that the community faces. If the Jewish community does not feel secure then our whole national fabric is diminished… We are going to fight anti-Semitism with everything we have got,” he promised.

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Hana Levi Julian is a Middle East news analyst with a degree in Mass Communication and Journalism from Southern Connecticut State University. A past columnist with The Jewish Press and senior editor at Arutz 7, Ms. Julian has written for Babble.com, Chabad.org and other media outlets, in addition to her years working in broadcast journalism.

30 COMMENTS

  1. And still Barack Obama is held hostage to an outdated and false conception that the Palestinian issue is the key to all the ills of the Middle East (as if Iran’s nuclear program, the Islamic State group, the disintegration of Iraq, Yemen and Syria, and the wars between Shiites and Sunnis are all rooted in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict).

    Barack Obama conducts a very strange foreign policy: He likes to embrace his adversaries and hurt his allies. That’s how he is. This tactic, incidentally, has still not brought him a great deal of success. Truth be told, after six years in the White House, Obama is still searching for his first foreign policy feat.

  2. According to the BBC, four men and two women were arrested. The rabbi of the shul, Maurice Davis told the media that he thought that the incident was more anti-social than anti-Semitic.

  3. Nice to see losers exist everywhere. Here you have a group of dumb losers with alcohol in them apparently? Then, you add losers (ie. no future, no active brain matter, plus sprinkle in some ideological radicalism to give them a scapegoat for their misfortunes, and you have a wonderful cocktail for this dumb .

  4. At least six men in every shul around here are licensed to carry. Time to wake up,people. Prayer is great and the after prayers of a meal say Hashem feeds His whole creation.He doesn’t stock your fridge, life is action. A lot of states give non resident CCP and a lot of states honor each other’s. Your state a lib state that denies your rights? Just remember it’s better to be judged by 12 than carried by 6.

  5. There has always been and there will always be scum in the world. Nothing will change that. The Jewish people and any other minority group who is threatened should always have the full force of the law behind them.
    And they should also stand up to these stupid, ignorant thugs by whatever means they can.

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