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June 25, 2013 11:25 am

Jewish Patrol Group Aids Wary Muslim Community in London Borough

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Members of Hackney's Shomrim meet with local Muslim community leaders. Photo: Shomrim.

A local British chapter of the Jewish patrol group Shomrim have offered up their services to mosques in their community, in a sign of solidarity, the Hackney (UK) Gazette reported Monday.

The deal was spearheaded by Hackney, London Liberal Democrat Councillor Ian Sharer, himself an Orthodox Jew.

He said: “I was asked by Muslim friends to chair the meeting. The meeting was a great success. The Shomrim patrols have agreed to include the local mosques and other buildings as part of their routine patrols.

“Both Shomrim and the NLCC are great organizations and it’s nice to bring them together.”

Chaim Hochhauser, 33, one of two Shomrim supervisors, who lives in the area, said: “The Muslim community approached Councillor Sharer and asked him what they could do to protect themselves.

“He called us and asked us if we could help. We told them what we could do. We are pleased the Jewish community wanted to help.

“Both communities get on really well here. It’s a shame it’s not like this all over the world. We help out all the whole community, not just the Jewish community.”

According to reports, the Muslim community in Hackney, a borough of London, has seen an increase in violence against it since the brutal slaying of Drummer Lee Rigby by Islamic extremists in Woolwich last month. According to the Hackney Gazette, there was an arson attack on a Somali community center in Muswell Hill and another local Mosque has reported a rise in hate crime incidents.

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  • Eric Woolf (Jerusalem)

    Instead of helping Moslems why do you not come to Israel,join Zaka or Magen David Adom and help your own people. When it will happen – and it will!!!- in England you will be treated just like the Jews in Germany were dealt with in spite of your helping Moslems.

  • vivarto

    Jewish stupidity is infinite. They could as well guard Nazi head-quarters…

  • the people of England are acting out so as to protect themselves from a hostile culture. they will not make a distinction between good muslim/bad muslim. they are in defense mode. they need to protect their families. siding with the muslims is like siding against the British.
    be kind to the cruel – you will end up being cruel to the kind.

  • Eugene

    Your comment is awaiting moderation. What is this? A censorship by your paper?Your comment is awaiting moderation.

  • Eugene

    Your comment is awaiting moderation. What is that? A censorship?

  • Eugene

    Dvir Yaakov, I agree with your statement 1000% “Jews should be siding with the Brits, calling for Muslims to stop their violence”.

  • Rick Brandt

    Anti the spirit of Yahway, whenever people dont allow the free witness of the good news you might as well send them to there violence because they violence Yahshua, s love for them the seed of rejection multiplues on them, now we have , more victums.

  • This looks like a very sensitive area for Jews, Mulims, and everyone else nearby. One mistake, however well intentioned, and everything can turn explosive. Just look at the on-going George Zimmerman case here in the USA.

    For heaven’s sake, you guys: B -E C-A-R-E-F-U-L!!!

  • AprilM

    This is a false plea for help. Who has been murdered in or near a mosque except by other Muslims? They are making the argument that Islam is under attack only to deflect their terrible crimes against humanity all over the earth, and in particular in London.
    As “victims” they can’t be scrutinized (modern rules of bullying)-pretty clever. Shomrim is being used and harming themselves and the rest of the world by their misplaced “sympathy”
    As proof where on are Muslims demonstrating and offering protection to Jews after anti-semitic attacks?

    • Eugene

      The deal was spearheaded by Hackney, London Liberal Democrat Councillor Ian Sharer, himself an Orthodox Jew.
      Do we need more comment than that?
      Shomrim is being used by so called peaceful Muslims.
      I wonder if Muslims will offer the same protection to Jews if Jews would ask them to do so…
      The answer is obvious…

    • ingrid

      Spot on, you need to be v careful. It is undoubtedly some sort of ‘clever’ manipulation since it used to be only mosques that didn’t need constant patrols and protection as churches and synagogues were the only buildings suffering or likely to suffer from attacks by rabid Islamists of which England seems to be doing a wonderful job of nurturing all over the place. They make no attempt to arrest Islamic ‘hate preachers’ when they even admit of encouraging violence amongst their followers. Doesn’t this come under hate race laws??? What has happened to England, you are just soft like marshmallow

  • Sadly, these well intentioned Jews could not make a bigger mistake.
    There are good people who are Muslims, but Islam and its agenda being carried out by the majority is Evil. The world is waking up to this indisputable fact.
    Jews have a enough to deal with without being clumped in with Muslims by those who are preparing themselves to stand up to the Islamic Agenda. WRONG MOVE.
    Jews should be siding with the Brits, calling for Muslims to stop their violence.

    • Eugene

      Jews should be siding with the Brits, calling for Muslims to stop their violence.

    • EGore

      Very well-stated. The shomrim have made a big mistake. But my fellow Americans have made an even bigger one in re-electing this Islamophilic President