Jewish security group to protect mosque
Mohamed Munaf Zina Chairman NLMCC, Eusoof Ameerat, Cllr Dawood Akhoon, Cllr Abraham Jacobson, Cllr Ian Sharer, Salim Patel Secretary to the Mosque, Chaim Hochhauser supervisor of Shomrim Patrol
Jewish volunteer security group Shomrim has offered to protect a London mosque threatened by anti-Muslim violence.
Members of the Stamford Hill -based organisation met mosque leaders at the Cazenove Road Mosque and Community Centre , in Stoke Newington, at the weekend.
Liberal Democrat councillor Ian Sharer brought the two groups together after a request by the local Muslim community who were concerned about a series of violent attacks in the area.
Cllr Sharer said: "This seemed like a natural thing to do. This is a very serious situation, and so I thought, why not call my friends from Shomrim? We wanted to see if we could offer them protection and also security lessons.”
He added: “The meeting was a great success. The Shomrim patrols have agreed to include the local mosques and other buildings as part of their routine patrols. Both Shomrim and the North London Community Centre are great organisations and it’s nice to bring them together.”
Chaim Hochhauser, supervisor of Shomrim patrol, said: "It has been jointly agreed that this meeting and cooperation is just the beginning of a long term partnership between the two communities."
Muslim community centres have reported a rise in hate crime incidents since the racially-incited murder of Drummer Lee Rigby in Woolwich.