UK’s Largest Annual Pro-Israel Event Postponed as Organizers Cite Security Concerns Due to Terror Attacks
JNS.org – The UK’s largest annual pro-Israel event has been postponed, with organizers citing security concerns following several Islamist terror attacks in the country in recent weeks.
Christians United for Israel said in a statement that it was a “difficult decision” to push off the program, titled “A Night to Honour Israel,” which was scheduled for late June at a London venue.
“Islamic extremists have called for the specific targeting of Christians and Jews during the month of Ramadan, during which our event was set to take place,” wrote Pastor John Hagee, CUFI’s founder, and Des Starritt, executive director of the group’s UK chapter.
“Although no specific threat has been received, we have been advised that our event could be a target,” they wrote. “It is with wisdom and not fear that the leadership takes this responsibility for the protection of those that would attend.”
Some 1,000 tickets had already been sold to the program bringing Christian and Jewish Zionists together. A full refund has been offered,
Eight people were killed and 50 were injured in a June 3 car-ramming and stabbing attack carried out on London Bridge and the nearby Borough Market. This followed last month’s suicide bombing during an Ariana Grande concert at the Manchester Arena, in which 22 were killed and 119 injured.
British Prime Minister Theresa May has since vowed to crack down on the “evil ideology of Islamist extremism.”