U.K.'s Cameron Pledges 11m Pounds to Safeguard Jewish Schools, Synagogues

British Prime Minister David Cameron vows not to turn blind eye to anti-Semitism, says the 'health of our democracy' depends on Jewish security.

Reuters

British Prime Minister David Cameron announced Wednesday that Jewish schools and synagogues will get 10 million pounds a year for security, following attacks at Jewish sites across Europe in recent months.

"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 by, I will not turn a blind eye," Cameron told Jewish leaders, according to British media.

Cameron addressed a dinner of the Community Security Trust, a Jewish charity that fights anti-Semitism. He said that the group's 3,000 volunteers represent the "best of Britain."

"If the Jewish community does not feel secure then our whole national fabric is diminished," the British leader went on to say. "It is a measure of the vigor of our institutions and the health of our democracy that the Jewish community feels safe to live and flourish here."

Cameron touched on the country's counterterrorism efforts and additional security measures, including allotting more than 7 million pounds to fund guards for all Jewish private schools and colleges and an additional 3 million to safeguard synagogues and other Jewish institutions. An extra 1.5 million pounds will go toward a state-of-the-art mission control centerwith closed-circuit television.

Cameron also congratulated Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on his reelection, saying, "With me you will always have a British Prime Minister whose belief in Israel is unbreakable and whose commitment to Israel’s security will always be rock solid."

The year 2014 saw the most anti-Semitic incidents since records began 30 years ago in Britain. In July 2014, London suffered its worst ever month for hate crimes, 95 percent of which were directed at Jews.

According to surveys conducted earlier this year, 45 percent of Britons hold anti-Semitic views, 54 percent of British Jews fear that Jews have no future in Great Britain and one-quarter of British Jews have considered leaving the country.