Police provide more protection to Jewish community during Hanukkah festival

Police in London will be offering more protection to the city’s Jewish community over the upcoming Hanukkah festival, the Met has said.

police provide more protection to jewish community during hanukkah festival

Met Police officers. Pic: AP

Officers will be stepping up patrols, visits and other activities because of the ongoing conflict between Israel and Hamas and the rise in antisemitic hate crime in the UK.

In a statement, the force said the capital’s Jewish population “will see more uniformed officers in their neighbourhoods as well as around businesses, schools and synagogues”.

police provide more protection to jewish community during hanukkah festival

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The aim is to ensure “everyone is safe and feels safe to celebrate with their friends and family.”

Chief Superintendent Joe McDonald, who is overseeing the policing plan across London, said Jewish communities “have my full commitment and we are doing everything we can to keep you and your communities safe at this important time of year.

“I am sure that this year will be particularly poignant. I would like to take this opportunity to wish everyone a happy and peaceful Hanukkah, chag sameach.”

Antisemitic crime in the UK has risen sharply amid the renewed conflict in Gaza, with more than 1,000 incidents logged by Jewish charity The Community Security Trust since the 7 October attack by Hamas on Israel.

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Tens of thousands of people marched in London on 26 November in what organisers said was the capital’s biggest gathering against antisemitism since 1936.

There have also been pro-Palestinian marches attended by tens of thousands of people demanding a permanent ceasefire in Gaza.

Hanukkah, which started on Thursday evening and lasts eight days, is also known as the Festival of Lights.

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