Home Secretary Amber Rudd has anounced that the UK government will be spending £13.4 million to protect Jewish schools, colleges, nurseries and synagogues. The news comes after a spike in incidents last year.
Speaking at a UK-Israel conference in Parliament, Ms Rudd said,“we can only effectively challenge hatred and division by working together – not just internationally but at home – Government, police, local people and organisations.
“And sadly the Jewish community knows all too well what it’s like to live with the threat from terrorism and hate crime.
“Last year, the Community Security Trust received 924 reports of anti-Semitic incidents, including 86 violent assaults. Let me be clear, any attack of that kind is one attack too many.
“We are providing £13.4million for guarding at all Jewish state, free and independent schools, colleges, and nurseries, and at synagogues, and to support the continuing efforts of the police to provide security and reassurance to the Jewish community.
“We take the security of the Jewish community seriously, and we will continue to put in place the strongest possible measures to ensure the safety of this community – and all other communities too.”