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Board express concern

Last updated: 2004-06-22

The Board of Deputies has expressed outrage following a fire which gutted the synagogue offices of Aish Hatorah in Hendon late on Friday evening.

Following an arson attack on South Tottenham United Synagogue two days earlier, another religious building within the community was extensively damaged in an attack which left two Torah scrolls desecrated. The Community Security Trust has informed the community that there is not thought to be any connection between the two attacks.

Board President Henry Grunwald QC commented: “We are shocked at the news of this incident and appalled by the actions of these individuals who have threatened the safety of the Jewish community. These attacks on places of religious worship are deplorable. We will not allow ourselves to be terrorised by these people. I am grateful to the police and the Community Security Trust for their prompt response and I am positive that everything possible will be undertaken to arrest the perpetrators.

“Whilst there is no evidence of a systematic attack on the Jewish community, it is important that the community remains vigilant at all times.”