Cameron Increases Security Funds for Jewish Schools, Synagogues

Public money to protect Britain’s Jewish community is being increased to 12 million pounds ($18 million) in the wake of the attack that killed four people at a kosher grocery in Paris in January.

Prime Minister David Cameron said a 2 million-pound annual grant for Jewish schools will rise by 7 million pounds this year, with a separate 3 million pounds to be spent on security at synagogues and community buildings. Another 1.5 million pounds will be invested in a “state of the art Mission Control center” for the Jewish security group, the Community Security Trust.

The commitment comes two months after British police said they were stepping up patrols in Jewish areas following the killing of 17 people in attacks on satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo and a kosher grocery in Paris. Cameron said at the time that the security grant would be at least maintained in this year’s budget.

“Somehow, after all the horrors of the past, people are once again being targeted simply for being Jewish,” Cameron said in a speech to the Community Security Trust Wednesday evening. “I will not turn a blind eye to the threats that the community faces.”

An all-party parliamentary inquiry in February found hate crimes against British Jews had doubled in 10 years and escalated during periods of violence in the Middle East. Incidents included the plastering of a swastika on a Jewish home, the hospitalization of a rabbi after an attack in north London and the display of placards proclaiming “Hitler was right” at anti-Israel protests.

Cameron, who approved 130 million pounds of additional funding for security forces in August last year after the U.K.’s terror threat level was increased, said Wednesday another 13 million pounds would be provided to enhance border policing.

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