Assault on Synagogue in Northern London, Potential for Exposure to Incidental Violence
Drum Cussac has issued this latest warning for people traveling and living in the United Kingdom and more specifically Northern London. This information is available to GeoBlue plan members from the GeoBlue website daily…
Severity: 3 (Moderate)
Source: Drum Cussac
03/22/2015 (United Kingdom) – Media reports indicate that assailants attacked a synagogue in northern London on Saturday, 21 March. More than 20 people stormed the Ahavat Torah congregation in the Stamford Hill area. The perpetrators vandalised property and physically assaulted members of the community that were in the building at the time of the attack; one of the community members was wounded. Police forces reportedly arrested at least four people linked to the attack. The identity of the perpetrators has not yet been revealed.
The aforementioned attack is likely to raise concerns over anti-Semitic violence in the United Kingdom (UK). According to a report issued by the Jerusalem Post, in 2014 1,168 anti-Semitic attacks were reported throughout the country, the number of incidents doubled since 2013. The London area experienced 583 anti-Semitic incidents, marking an increase of 137 percent since 2013.
Anti-Semitic and racist attacks in London and the UK are unlikely to directly affect business operations and travel; however, these incidents have the potential of leading to an increased risk of exposure to incidental violence to everyone in the vicinity. Personnel in the UK should avoid the vicinity of all nationalist, Islamist and anti-Israeli rallies to mitigate the risk of exposure to crowd violence. Should client be in the vicinity of racist violence, they should promptly vacate the area of the incident and report to the closest police authorities. Those with operations in the Stamford Hill area should anticipate tight security in the coming 12-24 hour period that may cause travel delays.
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