Al Jazeera

Muslim and Jewish neighbours unite against hate in London

London, United Kingdom – Muslims and Jews living in the same North London neighbourhood are making a stand together against hate crime amid concerns of an increased threat to both communities in the aftermath of the Paris attacks.

Rabbi Herschel Gluck established the Muslim-Jewish Forum in 2000. [Simon Hooper]

Rabbi Herschel Gluck established the Muslim-Jewish Forum in 2000. [Simon Hooper]

Jewish communities in the UK have been on a heightened state of alert since a siege orchestrated by a gunman at a kosher supermarket in the French capital left four hostages dead, with police and Jewish neighbourhood watch groups stepping up security around synagogues and schools.

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Jewish patrol looks out for Muslim neighbours over mosque attacks

London, UK¬†–¬†Muslim leaders in an area of north-east London have recruited the help of a police-trained ultra-orthodox Jewish neighbourhood patrol to bolster security following attacks on mosques and threats against Muslim communities in the UK.

"People walk side by side to the mosque and the synagogue." [Simon Hooper]

Stamford Hill, north-east London: “People walk side by side to the mosque and the synagogue.” [Simon Hooper]

The initiative, in the Stamford Hill neighbourhood of Hackney, has seen mosques added to a list of local sites watched over by Shomrim, a volunteer organisation that responds to reports of crime, anti-social behaviour and other incidents in the area and calls itself “the eyes and ears of the police”.

“We keep an eye on all the mosques. If we see anything suspicious, we’ll take down a car registration number, report it to the police, keep it for intelligence, log the call and hopefully there won’t be any trouble,” Chaim Hochhauser, Shomrim’s supervisor, told Al Jazeera.

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