(JNS.org) Jewish crime-fighting volunteers in London met over the weekend with Muslim
leaders and agreed to patrol mosques and other Islamic buildings to reduce
anti-Muslim hate crimes.
Click photo to download. Caption: Muslim leaders in Britain have approached a Jewish patrol organization for protection against hate crimes. Credit: Wikimedia Commons.
The Shomrim are Jewish volunteers who collaborate with authorities to prevent crimes,
including hate crimes. Since the murder of British soldier Drummer Lee Rigby on
the street by Muslim extremists in southeast London, anti-Muslim hate
crimes have risen in Great Britain.
The local Muslim community turned to the local Liberal
Democrat councillor, Ian Sharer, who connected them to the Shomrim, the London Jewish Chronicle reported. “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,” Sharer said.
The collaboration is “just the beginning of a long-term
partnership between the two communities,” said Shomrim patrol supervisor Chaim