Israel Advised London Authorities on Fighting Urban Terrorism

Mayor Sadiq Khan says he sought counsel from Israeli officials; new measures were implemented based on these and other conversations

Sadiq Khan stands with ambulance paramedics as they pause for a minutes' silence in London on June 6, 2017, in memory of the victims of the June 3 terror attacks.
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London Mayor Sadiq Kahn said he spoke with Israeli officials for advice on how to combat urban terrorism in the wake of terror attacks in London and Manchester.

Kahn told the London-based Jewish News that his office and Metropolitan Police counter-terrorism officials had spoken with officials in Israel.

“My office has been in contact with not only Tel Aviv but other places as well,” he told the Jewish News in an interview published Tuesday.

In the wake of those conversations, police took new actions, including placing concrete blocks in strategic locations on London Bridge, as is done in various sites in Israel.

He also said that hate crimes had risen significantly in the wake of the attacks. Police are taking a “zero tolerance” approach to hate crime, he told the news website, and said: “No hate crime will be regarded as too trivial to report.”

Several hate crimes against Jewish victims have been reported in recent weeks, including an Orthodox Jewish teen who was beat up by minority teens in a public park.

Kahn spoke on Sunday night to about 1,000 guests at the annual Jewish Care dinner in London, where he received sustained applause.

During his speech he pledged to use “all his influence” to try to repair rift between the Jewish community and the Labour party, which has been accused of institutional anti-Semitism.