London Jewish Community Ups Security Fearing Paris Copycat Attacks

CST, which helps secure over 600 Jewish communal buildings and about 1,000 communal events in the U.K., says police have boosted their presence at Jewish locations and neighborhoods across the country.

Tal Cohen

Britain's Jewish security organization is working with police to increase security at Jewish locations across Britain following Friday's attack on a kosher supermarket in Paris, the Community Security Trust said this week.

"CST is acutely aware of the importance of Jew-hatred in Jihadist ideology," the organization said on its blog. "The Charlie Hebdo publication was specifically targeted because of its ridiculing of Islam and Muhammad. The Hyper Cacher store was attacked simply because it was a Jewish location."

The organization, which helps secure over 600 Jewish communal buildings and about 1,000 communal events in the U.K., said police have boosted their presence at Jewish locations and neighborhoods across the country.

British Immigration and Security Minister James Brokenshire contacted the Community Security Trust on Friday. He tweeted that he "reaffirmed commitment to work with Jewish community on security matters."

The Jewish neighborhood watch group Shomrim also said Friday it was stepping up patrols in north London over Shabbat, and asked community members "to remain calm and vigilant."

Shomrim volunteers receive police training and uniforms, including knife-proof vests, the Daily Mail said.